Bob Kilpatrick, Joel Kilpatrick - The Art Of Being You

Published Thursday 12th January 2012
Bob Kilpatrick, Joel Kilpatrick - The Art Of Being You
Bob Kilpatrick, Joel Kilpatrick - The Art Of Being You

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
RRP: £13.49

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The fact that God is best thought of as an artistic master rather than a master mechanic might, at first hearing, sound like an arcane theological point of interest to a tiny readership. But in fact this handsomely designed little hardback is one of the most thought provoking and stimulating devotional reads of the last few years. The father and son writers, through an insightful examination of Scripture and plenty of contemporary examples plucked from their own backgrounds and from art history, show that often our thoughts about God are viewed from the perspective of our own weakness - ie, a God who meets our needs rather than the creative visionary artist working on his much-loved masterpieces. . . namely us. I was particularly inspired by the chapter Have To Be Great Art with its quotes from sources like da Vinci, Michelangelo and Picasso. And if that sounds like it might be too rarefied for your tastes and individuality be assured that The Art Of Being You is written in hearteningly understandable language with never a hint of pretentious art-critic speak. You may well know the name Bob Kilpatrick through such worship song classics as "(In My Life) Lord, Be Glorified" or through his Time Out radio programmes. Now get to know him as a most stimulating author.

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Product Description
I heard a well-known Christian musician say at a concert that God was in the business of fixing broken people. I went home and thought about that for a while, and I came to a different conclusion...That different conclusion, reached by singer/songwriter Bob Kilpatrick, has some interesting and exciting applications for re-thinking what it means to be a Christian.Rather than casting God in the usual role as architect and great mechanic of the universe, Kilpatrick instead paints a portrait of God as an artist—passionate, visionary—who considers humankind his masterpiece. God doesn't see Christians as broken beings chugging along in a fixed-up life. He sees us as new creations, whole, complete, and a stunning part of his creative process. It's a powerful perception of God, one that determines how much we understand and enjoy God, which, in turn, affects the entire course of our lives. We'll stop perceiving God based on what we lack, what we need repaired, and how weak we are, and come to know God as a creator who sees each one of us as a work of beauty and value. If we believe our relationship with God is one of artist/masterpiece/creative process, then we have every reason to rejoice in every stage of that process. The Art of Being You offers every reason to believe that God is preparing us for an amazing heavenly display.

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