But take heart arty types. This is the book for you.
The Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland explores what it means to be a Christian who is gifted in the arts and keen to serve God in that area. He encourages Christian artists to accept and nurture the talent God gave them and the unique place they have in the body of Christ.
Some of the issues he explores are:
- Servanthood vs Stardom - people gifted in the arts are often worshipped by society and this can prove to be a temptation for Christians who are artistically gifted.
- Spiritual Disciplines
- Character - It's not just about having talent.
- Handling Criticism
- Jealousy and Envy - don't wish for another artists' gift.
- Managing Your Emotions - many artists are more in touch with their emotions and while this can be good in loving others, letting go of your emotions is not good either.
- The Artist and Sin
Overall, if you're gifted or keen on writing, acting, painting, drawing, music, dance or other arty disciplines, then read this book! If you've ever felt like a freak or been told to 'toughen up' for having a caring, sensitive nature, then read this book!
As Noland says in the book, God is interested in your art AND your heart.