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It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God [Paperback]

Ned Bustard

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It Was Good A group of 21 Christian artists write on a variety of subjects that confront artists across the spectrum of artistic fields. Topics like beauty, form and content, truthfulness, language, color, light, craftmanship, creativity and collaboration are discussed in the context of faith and art making. The contributors are experienced, successful in their fields and work in areas as diverse as visual art, music, photography and theater. This second edition is significantly enlarged and expanded and lavishly illustrated. It is full color throughout.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It is Great! 13 May 2008
By Terri J. Rice - Published on Amazon.com
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It Was Good is a collection of twenty-one artists and their very insightful essays on art. The book isn't just a "write what you want about art" sort of book. It covers various subjects in an orderly fashion. Some of the topics are: Beauty, Substance, Presence, Mission, Community, Essence, Identity. Every chapter is very well written, well laid out and inspiring.

Color plates of some of the art help to crystalize the comments of the artist.

This book gives real meaning and purpose for the artist today. The book clarifies what it is to live life giving glory to God through art, not because it is "Christian" art or art that preaches but rather because you serve the triune God your art can have meaning and depth. Makoto Fujimoro states, "Such a Christocentric perspective on the arts can also release our creativity from being enslaved to a particular form, or style of art." And that is just one fully laden sentence in a book of 355 pages!

This book will make you want to get out your pencils, paints, paper and brushes and start expressing yourself through art again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in this category 14 April 2010
By Joel A. Pelsue - Published on Amazon.com
Ned Bustard did a great job with this book.

There are so many thoughtful authors from very different disciplines. There are a number of books trying to address the dynamics surrounding the arts and a Christian Aesthetic. This book is one of the best in the growing conversation. If you want to think seriously about the arts without giving facile answers this book should be in your library.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 12 Sep 2014
By Patrick Osborne - Published on Amazon.com
It's a wonderful collection of short essays on a wide range of music-related issues. Challenging on a number of levels. Full of practical applications as the authors share their personal and professional success and failures.

If you are a novice or a very accomplished musician, there is much to learn from these essays. There were two or three way above my skill level to appreciate, but that didn't take away from the rest. I found it encouraging and convicting at the same time. Well worth the read. I have given away a number of copies to friends who are musicians.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essays on religious art 25 April 2014
By Dr. Heidi Wright-Dobrzak - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of essays on religious art. The authors share their philosophy of the place religion has in art, and the place of art in religion. Illustrated with beautiful examples.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 27 Dec 2012
By Greg S. Wilhelm - Published on Amazon.com
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Would recommend for anyone looking to understand the arts from a christian perspective.
Also a real nice book from an aesthetic sense as well.
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