Pursuing Christ. Creating Art.

An artist is a heart condition, not a job.

Yesterday, I consumed the book Pursuing Christ. Creating Art. by Gary Molander. I bought it through the Kindle store yesterday morning, and had it finished before I met up with my family for dinner. I don't think I've ever read any book that fast. But I just didn't want to stop.

Gary's well-written and honest humor hooked me within the first couple of pages, and kept me going through his discussions on what it means to be an artist, what art is, and how it connects to faith.

His own painful stories reinforce that he knows how I'm feeling. Many times I was reading my own story in the midst of his. He encourages artists while still challenging us not to use our hurts and pain as excuses for bitterness and inaction. 

Art is missional.

I've always viewed what I create as attractional (to bring people into the church). While I don't doubt that it's possible for my art to tell a greater story, I'm often not sure how exactly to go about it. This is a great challenge.

Seriously, artist friends. Give this one a read.

If you lead artists, this book will give you a glimpse into the hearts of your teammates.

I'm really glad I took the time to read it. Thanks for writing it Gary.

Have you read the book? How did it challenge you? What was the most encouraging statement?