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The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse: A Book for Creators Paperback – 22 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsley Press (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988242907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988242906
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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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A great book, with some personal experiences and personal views on what motivates and allows people to create authentic and truthful art of all sorts.

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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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I was blown away. The author combines poetic craft with philosophical insight and a comedic edge with perfect balance. A delightful read, both provoking and inspiring.
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A very inspiring read. When you've been working away at creating for a while and get stuck so it would seem this is a good reset. Helps to step back and gain a new perspective. Very enjoyable and good content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EGO SHATTERING BOOK 2 Mar. 2015
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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it took me some time to get through this book.......I am very glad that I finished it though. The last four or five chapters are probably the most beneficial in terms of guides to successful creation. Michael Gungor really helped open my eyes to how we should look at creating. As a fellow musician, I did connect with him on his expression of musical terms, but this book is really for any type of artistic creator (not hard to read at all). It is a ego shattering book that should be read with open arms and open minds. I have had a hard time writing my own music in the past. What to use....what not to use....is this the right chord?.......Should this chord come after this one?.....How does this song stand up against a song I hear on the radio? Michael Gungor helped me realize that my questions are the problems. I got home and instantly began to write MY music. Ideas came pouring out of me. I was not second guessing myself and everything felt right. Gungor gave me HOPE. He gave me the idea that my art is worth making regardless of what it is. It's what all creators need. HOPE. You will understand once you read the book. It helps build you a confidence with your work so you can progress and be the great artist you are meant to be. There is no room in this book for arrogance. If you can't accept peoples beliefs and lifestyles, this book is not for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Thoughtful, and Inspiring Book 13 Aug. 2015
By Mark Beuving - Published on Amazon.com
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This book by the popular Christian musician Michael Gungor is a wonderful read. Gungor is passionate, humorous, and insightful in his approach to the subject of how a person’s faith should affect their art. As a musician, the majority of Gungor’s examples are drawn from the world of music, but the implications are clear for every art form. The book includes several powerful quotes, as well as a very helpful discussion on the frustrations inherent in the “Christian Music Industry.” I would highly recommend this book for artist and every art lover. For my brief review on this book and most of the books out there on Christianity and the arts, see: theologyforreallife.com/artsbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book on art, spirituality, and having meaning 7 Jan. 2013
By Dawson Vosburg - Published on Amazon.com
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Holy cow. Not only can Michael Gungor write, but he can, well...write. I should have expected nothing less from his lyrics, but he's a master of words.

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!)
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has served as my gateway back into expository writings. 7 July 2013
By Greg Diamanti - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Gungor is eloquent. Not only that, but he mixes a expository denotative feel excellently with an artsy connotative feel. I mean to say that he uses fancy words and quotes a whole lot of smart things (while being smart himself) and his open-handed approach to different topics really inspires. In all of that he addresses many things from pain, to the joy of creating, to the ways that culture plays a large part in how we think, feel, and believe. In all of this there's a marked lack of bitterness, which is so prevalent among people who tend to share his thoughts. (At least from what I've seen.) It's a sweet book. Totally recommend it. Whether you agree with it or not, you can learn something from it, even if it's how to disagree on sensitive topics without having your sensibilities offended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing exploration of art, creativity, and the "Christian Music" Industry 27 Mar. 2013
By Stephanie Matusik - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. I like Michael's music a lot and I expected based on his musical style that the book was going to be something "different", as in, nonstandard (and it is). I think his ideas about the purpose of and the motivation behind creating art (specifically music) are spot on, and his unabashed honesty about his own experiences and how he came to the conclusions about which he writes are really deep and really human. The book is injected with a quirky sense of humor which keeps it entertaining, as well. A few parts were slightly shocking in nature, but didn't detract from the impact that this book had on my own desire and inspiration to create "real" music: that which doesn't serve a market or expectation, but instead is the true expression of those things which make us human and tie us together.
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