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4.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 5 4.21 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rory Noland Narrator: Maurice England Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780310304517
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Over 100,000 sold •Great for individuals and teams •Includes provocative discussion questions “I wish I had your gift!” How do you handle those words as a creative artist? Somewhere between pride and self-abasement lies true humility—just one aspect of the balanced character God wants to instill in you as an actor, a musician, a visual artist, or other creative person involved in ministry. God is interested in your art and your heart. The Heart of the Artist deals head-on with issues every person in an arts ministry faces: •Servanthood Versus Stardom •Excellence Versus Perfectionism •The Spiritual Disciplines of the Artist •The Artist in Community . . . and more The Heart of the Artist will give you a better understanding of yourself and your unique place in the body of Christ. You’ll find wisdom and encouragement that can help you survive the challenges and reap the rich joys of a ministry in the creative arts. “Breathtakingly personal, practical, and poignant.”—Timothy Tien, New York, New York “I am better for having applied these principles. . . . A must-read for church staff, creative types, growing Christians, human beings.”—Rev. Ginny Allen, Jackson, Mississippi “Rory Noland pinpoints issues that often arise in the life of the artist, and gives good, biblical solutions. A must-have for Christian artists in any field.”—Tom Hinkle, Tulsa, Oklahoma Rory Noland is director of Heart of the Artist Ministries (www.heartoftheartist.org), an organization dedicated to turning teams of church artists into communities of grace. A composer songwriter, author, and speaker, Rory is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/3/2013

    " One of the most useful books I've found about Christian artists and their approach to life, faith, and art. A must read for anyone who considers themselves an artist (musician, designer, painter, writer, etc) and a Christian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolina | 11/15/2013

    " wow... i'm still trying to absorve the lessons from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 10/12/2013

    " I read this book several years ago, but I really, really want to read it again. It has made a huge impact on the way I live life and how I've learned to manage (somewhat) my perfectionism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 9/10/2013

    " A great book that talks about people with an artistic temperament and the struggles that they can have as they try and serve God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 8/23/2013

    " Excellent Read, suggest if for all who are responsible for the music/arts ministry of a church or any organization that wants to use the best volunteer talent available. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Huemmer | 7/14/2013

    " Great book for worship teams and leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Cook | 4/30/2013

    " Right Brained? Wanting to have some light shine down of perspective of worship from the heart of an artist? This book is filled with advice, and stories of people with the gifts to express worship to God in a particular way to bring Glory to Him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlea | 9/9/2012

    " One of my favorites! This book is so meaningful to me as a singer. Also, the first study I did with the Cape Cod Church worship team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Chaffee | 7/27/2012

    " Bootcamp for anyone in worship ministry "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes Hunter | 5/14/2012

    " this book is okay. it basically talking about balancing the artist and the worshipper in the worship leader, but its not too deep. its probably worth a read, but its close to not being. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 2/13/2012

    " This book is fine, but the author seems to repeat himself. This book could be half the size it is. That is my one gripe. However, there are some worthwhile items in there that a Christian drama team could use. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete Bartel | 4/20/2011

    " Good book about inner attitudes for worship (and other kinds of) artists. From Willow Creek. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Tyler | 1/21/2011

    " While there is solid conventional biblical provocation and encouragement, there is a slight lack of current application. I loved many pages as I started reading, but the relevance wained. I want to say thank you for what I gleaned. M "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alondra Rena | 11/27/2010

    " Good book...read it for ministry! It helped me to understand many things about myself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Mccutcheon | 9/25/2010

    " A must read for any Christian artist of any kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 5/23/2010

    " Excellent book for discipling the artist whether that person is working in a church or not. My only fault is that it takes forever to get through to the end. A good book for reading and reflecting on slowly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Rosenthal | 4/9/2010

    " A challenge, an encouragement, and a comfort for the worship artist (and those who love them!). Wonderful book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 1/26/2010

    " Tapped into who I am and challenged me all at once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alondra | 6/9/2009

    " Good book...read it for ministry! It helped me to understand many things about myself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolina | 8/7/2008

    " wow... i'm still trying to absorve the lessons from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 2/21/2008

    " Tapped into who I am and challenged me all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/22/2008

    " One of the most useful books I've found about Christian artists and their approach to life, faith, and art. A must read for anyone who considers themselves an artist (musician, designer, painter, writer, etc) and a Christian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 10/31/2007

    " This book is fine, but the author seems to repeat himself. This book could be half the size it is. That is my one gripe. However, there are some worthwhile items in there that a Christian drama team could use. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wes | 7/27/2007

    " this book is okay. it basically talking about balancing the artist and the worshipper in the worship leader, but its not too deep. its probably worth a read, but its close to not being. "

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About the Narrator

Maurice England moved to the Chicago area in the fall of 2006, after a twelve year run as a long-haul trucker, to continue the cultivation of his lifelong interest in the expressive arts and oral interpretation. A veteran audiophile, Maurice listened to well over one thousand audiobooks while on the road and fell in love with the genre. From his past experience in broadcasting, community theater, music performance, and ministry he saw narrating as a means to merge his love for books, ideas, learning, and spiritual evolution with his interest in artistic expression. While his narration experience has primarily been nonfiction, personal development, and spiritual-growth titles, Maurice anticipates using his authentically warm and folksy southern style to entertain and inspire through storytelling. Inspired most by the behind-the-scenes artists who engineer, direct, edit, and master the audiobook productions we hear, Maurice has become an absorbed student and participant in the process.