pursuing christ. creating art.

Our good friend Gary Molander with Floodgate Productions has just released a fantastic book called PURSUING CHRIST. CREATING ART. (Exploring Life at the Intersection of Faith and Creativity).

We asked Gary a few questions about the book…

CNM: Why did you write this book?

Gary: I wrote this book because art is entering back into the church. And from what I’ve seen, there seems to be a preoccupation with the art, and only an “oh-by-the-way” given to the Creator of all art. It seems like Christian artists obsess about their art, while dragging Jesus along only as needed. When I was pondering the formation of this book, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking, “It seems like people are pursuing art, but creating Christ.” The title of the book became “Pursuing Christ. Creating Art.”, with an emphasis on how not to turn those verbs around.

CNM: Who should read this book?

Gary: Ideally, anyone who creates anything should read this book. And anyone who is pursuing a faith relationship in Christ – they should read the book, too. I’ve had tons of non-artists read the book, and really enjoy it, and even become challenged by it. If you’re creating any art for Christ’s church, this book is for you. And if you’re leading artists in any way (pastor, elder, or otherwise), I’ve included a special section in the book for you to lead them effectively, without killing yourself, or them.

CNM: What do you hope people take away from this book?

Gary: I hope people see art as something more than just painting. I hope people come to believe that, in their art, they’re making visible the invisible God. And I hope they see how important it is to pursue the Creative Source more than the creative idea. I hope artists and leaders look deep into their hearts, only discover that they’re both longing to create something beautiful for the world. We don’t create art for God. He doesn’t need it. We create art in response to God, because the world needs it.

CLICK HERE to buy the book!

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