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The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse: A Book for Creators Paperback – 22 Nov 2012
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The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse In "The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse," Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising and humorous look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us. Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation. Our art and our humanity are inextricably entwined. An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gun... Full description
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Engagingly written from the perspective of someone who has spent a long time working within the 'Christian music' 'industry', it's got great insights and challenging views.
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From the opening chapter of this book, you're immediately pulled in by both grand beauty and hilarious stories that Gungor brings into this journey. It feels like a long conversation about art and spirituality, in which you're talking to and picking the brain of a really interesting person. You know you should probably talk to some other people at this party (or, you know, get off the couch and stop reading this book) but he perfectly balances eloquent, beautiful statements about art and love and what it means to be a person with tearjerkingly hilarious tales about his poor visual artistic skills.
Gungor, throughout the book, encourages you to challenge your narrow and small views on what you believe something is all about only to expose you to the grand beauty of its reality, leaving you stunned at the impossibility and realness of what existence is about, and what art really is and means. I came away from this book feeling able to see my artwork as a deeper expression of my humanity, as a real statement of where I'm coming from and question of what the future holds, and every stroke of my pen, brush, or guitar pick as an act of love toward the Creator, who formed me as his masterpiece.
If you have a soul and are creative, I would suggest you read this book.
(Also, Michael: point of solidarity here. I too am a male "blessed" with a pear-shaped figure. You're not alone!)