Why Art Matters
A Call for Christians to Create
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Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press
In a world of turmoil, art matters more than ever. Art can bring about political action, even social revolution. Art reminds us of the things that really matter. It lifts our eyes to eternity and show us the importance of the here and now. With illustration from contemporary art and reference to theatre and film, this book shows the importance of art for all, not just the professionals. Creativity helps humans to flourish and reflects the character of a creative God. This is a book to return to time and again for inspiration and encouragement. Illustrated by author Alastair Gordon, Why Art Matters encourages us to embrace creativity at home, church, in play and professionally in the creative arts and industries.
In this marvellous and beautiful book, painter Alastair Gordon answers the question, not with a justification, but instead with a multifaceted celebration. Like the many genres of art and the myriad ways they enrich us, Gordon lets bloom a thousand and one answers to the question. And every one is an invitation--"Come and see!"--to a richer world and a better way to be human. -- James K.A. Smith, Calvin University; editor in chief, Image journal; author of 'You Are What You Love' and 'On the Road with Saint Augustine' A breath of fresh air! Ally's book and his art call us to reject the lies and see reality as it is: God's reality. -- Mark Meynell, Director (Europe and Caribbean), Langham Preaching A timely appreciation of the importance and significance of the visual arts. -- Philip Archer, OBE Suffused with wisdom, joy and wonder -- Makoto Fujimura, artist and author of 'Art+Faith: A Theology of Making' Deeply personal and heart-warming... a 'must-read' for creative students -- Lois M Adams, UCCF Arts Network Coordinator This is not just a book for lovers of art. This is a book for everyone ... beautifully crafted, Biblically rooted and, at times, painfully vulnerable. -- Phil Knox, author of Story Bearer and Head of Mission to young adults, Evangelical Alliance Just the book we need in these days when many of us are filled with self-doubt and pessimism -- James Paul, director of L'Abri Fellowship England and author of 'What on Earth is Heaven?'