Bass, Alice. The Creative Life: A Workbook for Unearthing the Christian Imagination. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001.

Contains 8 weeks’ (a chapter per week) worth of activities for individuals or groups that help expand our creativity and sharpen our artistic talents.


Begbie, Jeremy, ed. Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2001.

An indispensable resource on the relationship of the arts and theology. Each chapter deals with a different artistic expression, including drama, literature, poetry, dance, sculpture, painting, and music.


Card, Michael. Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Author, theologian, and recording artist Michael Card shows that creativity is vital to our discipleship and invites us to a closer relationship with the Father through creative worship and community.


Corbitt, J. Nathan & Nix-Early, Vivian. Taking It to the Streets: Using the Arts to Transform Your Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003.

One of the most invaluable books on the integration of the Arts and the Christian life. It is full of examples and practical ideas for reaching & the lost and transforming our communities, with a particular focus on urban and inner city ministry.

L’Engle, Madeleine. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 2001.

Author of the Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle offers a wealth of insight from her long career as a writer about our responsibility as believers to interact with the world around us and respond to what we see through creative expression.

Noland, Rory. The Heart Of The Artist. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999.

Drawing on the author’s 20 years’ of experience as music director at Willow Creek Church, this excellent book addresses the issue of character and servanthood in the heart of the worship artist. Filled with practical tips for individuals and ministry teams , including discussion questions. Highly recommended.

 

Noland, Rory. Thriving As An Artist in the Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

A sequel to “The Heart Of The Artist”, this handbook navigates the professional and interpersonal difficulties that go hand in hand with ministry in the arts. Includes discussion questions with each chapter for group use.

Thiessen, Donald. Selah: A Guide to Music in the Bible. 3rd ed. Chicago: Cornerstone Press, 2002.

This is simply a chapter by chapter full passage concordance of every verse in the Bible that deals with music. It also contains a topical concordance at the end of the book.


Turner, Steve. Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001.

A vital book that explores the role of the arts to help us worship, develop our faith, and challenge our complacency, so that we might be active in God’s redemptive plan.