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Unlocking the Heart of the Artist: A Practical Guide to Fulfilling Your Creative Call as an Artist in the Kingdom Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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About the Author
Matt Tommey has been engaged in creative ministry for many years in both in the US and internationally as a worship leader, songwriter and visual artisan. He is the author of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist”, "Crafting Your Brand" and Founder/Executive Director of The Worship Studio (http://www.theworshipstudio.org). Out of his own journey of brokenness, Matt has a deep passion to see artists and creative people walk in wholeness and reveal the Glory of God through their creative expression in ways that facilitate cultural transformation and revival. Through mentoring, teaching, and his own creative expression, Matt is pursuing a life that reflects the Glory of God. Matt is a popular conference speaker on the topics of prophetic art, worship art, the Kingdom of God and creativity. He is also an author, musician, entrepreneur, basketmaker and member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Married to Tanya, they live in Asheville, NC and have one son, Cameron. He regularly blogs on all things creative at www.theworshipstudio.org.
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Matt’s style of writing reveals his openness and understanding of the journey of the artist, alongside the highs and the lows that can impact on creativity as they search for their identity and the call of God on their lives.
If you can get together with a group of artists and work through the chapters which have questions and prompts after each section, it would be a great way to support each other through the revelations that will indeed come and Matt recommends it. It is like a guide book that helps you to really question your journey and the impact that your creativity will no doubt have on your community.
There are many resources listed for information and a mention of an annual conference that is worth checking out. If you have read books like the Artist Way by Julia Cameron you know you are in for a treat with the ‘tools for the journey’ that Matt recommends, such as a journal for capturing your thoughts, taking an artist date/creative time and spending time soaking up the word of God. We are encouraged to dive deeper as we uncover our true purpose as artists. It is a book that I think every artist should read, recommend that you get yourself a copy today!
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Ever since I attended grade school and was taught by nuns, they told me my artistic ability was a Gift from God to be used in the best way I knew how. Not to neglect it or hide it, or give up on it.
But sometimes an artist (such as I have thought at times.) might think that they are meant only to do art work that relates to the church they attend and that the art they do for art exhibits or galleries is not as important. Or that God might think better of them if they use that gift for His church only. Not so. I have done both, but I have also learned that when people purchase one of my works, I know it is because something in the painting touched their soul and it is usually peace and love., and sometimes a sense of healing. All that, I believe, comes from God.
God gave us each this gift for reasons. Lots of reasons, but mainly for His Glory.
This books suggests journaling and the author gives you wonderful questions to answer after each chapter As well, the author tells you all the negative lies about artists that we are to let go of because God does not want you thinking like that..
Art is a spiritual discipline.
One of the reasons I purchased this book was to help me understand God's Purpose.
I am a writer. I completed a memoir a few years ago and am now in the final stages of a novel. I often joke that my novel isn't Christian fiction. But it was inspired. Many of the things I discuss in the book came from somewhere else and I hope the book will create change. My book won't be sending anyone to the cross, but it may stimulate thought in the community and world. I now believe that the thoughts I shared were no accident.
Get this book for yourself if you create. Get this book for the creative ones you know. Learn that your creative side was created by God and given to you as a gift so that you can create gifts for others. Learn that it's okay to share your work and that God won't be upset if you profit from it. This book will open your eyes. It may even be the thing that changes churches and brings people that "never felt comfortable" in church (like myself) back to God. The days of stuffy buildings filled with blind followers are over and the kingdom that God intended all along is rising, and Matt Tommey is a leader for God in this crusade.