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Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist

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Why are we artists? How does God experience art? What is the artist's calling in relation to God, the church, and the world? 

Drawing from his experiences performing Mozart, playing "dive bars", and leading worship and the arts in the church, author Manuel Luz seeks to answer the questions that artists often ask. Laced with humorous and sometimes poignant anecdotes, Imagine That is a thought-provoking journey through the convergence of art and faith. Luz has been a ...

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Overview

Why are we artists? How does God experience art? What is the artist's calling in relation to God, the church, and the world? 

Drawing from his experiences performing Mozart, playing "dive bars", and leading worship and the arts in the church, author Manuel Luz seeks to answer the questions that artists often ask. Laced with humorous and sometimes poignant anecdotes, Imagine That is a thought-provoking journey through the convergence of art and faith. Luz has been a working musician, writer, pastor, and even amateur cartoonist for more than 40 years, and in Imagine That he lays out his case for a uniquely Christian approach to the vocation of artist, using theologically rich and artist-friendly language.

In the end, Imagine That affirms and equips Christian artists for the special kind of ministry that only they can do.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802424501
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/24/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,452,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A rock musician-turned rocket engineer-turned Christian artist, MANUEL LUZ has been a creative arts pastor for 18 years, as well as a working musician who has contributed to nearly 50 albums. His eclectic experience as an artist, professional, and minister give him a unique view of the intersections of faith and art.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: God the Artist Made in His Image Discovering the Passion The Artist Incarnate Learning to Live in the Mystery Music Theory 101
Searching for Transcendence Refrigerator Art Summary and Discussion Questions

Chapter 2: Art and Faith What Is Art?
Framing Our Art Beauty and the Beat Art and the Christ-Follower Van Gogh, King David, and Me Prodigal Art Summary and Discussion Questions

Chapter 3: The Arts in Community The Art of Community Art and the Audience A Call to Artistic Community The Shadow in Our Hearts Reflections of the False Self Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Ministry Lessons Learned The Greatest of These Summary and Discussion Questions

Chapter 4: Art and the Spiritual Disciplines How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
Artistry as a Spiritual Discipline In the Shadow of God Meeting God in Our Art The Transcendent Dialogue Summary and Discussion Questions

Chapter 5: The Calling of the Artist Defining the Artist The Cross and Art A Parable of the Possibility The Truth about Spider-Man The Artist and the Marketplace The Call to Holiness Summary and Discussion Questions

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Imagine That by Manuel Luz

    Imagine That by Manuel Luz has been a book that I have been wanting to read for a while since seeing it advertised in Worship Leader magazine. This book caught my interest because I am also a worship leader at a church just as Manuel Luz is and have been involved with the arts for a long time. I also have to work with the arts in the church and I really wanted to get a better understanding of how the arts fit in the church. I believe Manuel has a great understanding of how the arts fit in the church and in ministry. In the opening chapter of this book, Manuel focuses us on God as the Artist and us being created in the image of God. In that chapter he says this,

    "We create because we are made in the image of the creator. We simply cannot help it."

    He parallels this with how God gave Adam the task of naming the animals to Adam. Manuel says that because God did this with Adam, God is also calling us to be creative, the created becomes creator. Because we have this call and are made in the image of the original Artist, we have a wonderful opportunity to use our gifts and talents in service to our God. We also have a great tool to aid us in our worship, a tool that we continue to develop. I love how he says that artistry can be a spiritual discipline. Manuel says that "spiritual disciplines are external behaviors that aid in internal transformation" and "the discipline of art can bring us closer to God, and can be a spiritual discipline, one that should be encouraged, nurtured, trained, and developed." Just as our spiritual life is a journey of learning and growing, so is our art. Artists as individuals should never stop honing their skills, learning, practicing. After reading Manuel's quote, I believe that we as worship pastors have a special calling to seek out the artists in our congregations, to help them understand that their craft is an essential part of worship, privately and corporately, and allow them the opportunity to use their gifts to honor and glorify the One who gave these gifts to them. And what better place to use them, in corporate worship in our local body of believers.

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