Monday, July 15, 2013

Life After Art by Matt Appling


For most adults, the art room is a memory from long-lost childhood school days. Art class probably did not mean much more than smearing crayons and paint onto construction paper-with no real value to an adult who is dealing with the pressures of relationships, careers, finances, and raising a family. Even with these external pressures, the biggest concern adults often face is the spiritual crisis of self-value. We fear unmet ambitions. We fear that our lives have little meaning, purpose, or value. We fear that God has a plan for us, but we're missing it. These fears prevent us from leading the productive, contented, joy-filled lives that God created us to live. And so, the long-forgotten art room actually holds three God-given keys, available to every adult, for living the life we were meant to live. When we entered the art room for the first time as kindergartners, we all instinctively knew some things that we would progressively forget over time and now it's time to learn them all over again.

 The 411 by Maria:

I love art. My daughter loves art and I hope she always keeps that LOVE of creating going. In Life After Art, Matt writes about rediscovering our childlike love of creating and art. He describes how art programs are usually the first things cut during school budgets and how losing these programs leaves us very unimaginative children.

While I don't think all children are natural artists or love it (I have one who IS and has been since should could hold a crayon and one WHO actually hates it. He finds it very difficult to even draw a stick figure) but I believe that liking art to love and a higher power is genius.

While the book is based in religion, those who don't follow will  not feel preached to. There are biblical quotes but as long as you read with an open mind and an open heart, the message will shine through.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a book I'd like to read. As a child, I love drawing and art but haven't done either one of these things for many years. I would love to somehow rediscover my artistic side (if I have one:)


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