The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators

The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators

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Paperback, Pages: 230

Genres: Nonfiction, Art, Philosophy, Christian

Language: English

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We are all creators. Human beings are made in the image of God, the ultimate source of creativity, yet many of us dont recognize the inherent creativity we have. I have written a book for creators called The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse that addresses the soulishness of human creativity. It is a book that reminds us who we are, and aims to inspire us to be who we are made to be.

The book was inspired by a conversation that started with a blog I wrote last year called Zombies, Wine and Christian Music. I wrote that blog thinking very few people would pay any attention to it, but within a couple days of posting, it had nearly fifty-thousand hits! This surprised me, but it also showed this is a conversation people are wanting to have.

A lot of the most popular creative expressions of our culture (religious or not) have become anemic and soulless. We live in a noisy, technologically-crazed, consumeristic, fame-worshiping culture that has provided a less-than-healthy ground in which to plant our creative endeavors. In the book I suggest we must address this problem by looking deeper than the art itself; into our cultural conditioning as well as our most basic beliefs, doubts, passions, instincts, and gears. Our creativity comes directly from our humanness, and if we want our creative work to be richer and more robust, we must not simply try harder; we must become different.

This is a book for creators written from the perspective of an artist. Through story and reflection, I hope to inspire some fresh thought and awareness of the roots of our creative endeavors. How we order creation is directly entwined with what it means to be human. So what shall we make of the world?

Reader Reviews
  •    Nikoran Aghaki
    2020
    I'm not sure what I expected, but I know I expected more after having read Gungor's post on Christian music that, as far as I'm aware, led to this book. The "book" seemed more like a disparate set of stories and art talk rather than a cohesive argument about the crowd, the critic, and the muse. Then again, I skimmed most of it because I couldn't get into it, so take my two cents for exactly that worth.
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  •    Juzuru Dauntzler
    2020
    a timely piece. i'm sure Gungor's honest reflections and insight will resonate with many as it has with me. many of his thoughts are like a wisp of fresh air...

    on the flipside, while i agree with his critiques of fundamentalist understandings of God and faith, i find it hard to embrace the vague alternatives he proposes. now, i understand that this book isn't the place for a clear exposition of his religious views, BUT... in this book, i find the many glimpses of his theological foundations rather disturbing. i can't really see what his convictions are based upon. i'd like to think it's not just going with the flow of the culture that he so strongly opposes, but his definitions of God do seem to lean that way...

    overall, this book was an enjoyable read and provoked much thought and reflection. there is much good stuff here to be read, reflected upon, and discussed.
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