The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse
A Book for Creators
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"We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make."--Michael Gungor
In The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, Michael Gungor takes an uncompromising--and humorous--look at our creative selves and the world that we have fashioned around us. Through story and reflection, Gungor shows how our deepest beliefs and assumptions about the universe affect how we order creation.
An award-winning, globetrotting musician, Gungor also reveals his personal journey as an artist and creator, a tale of moving from innocence to wisdom, from simplicity to complexity and back again, a tale of leaving home and
returning in a new, better, and more creative way.
The Unfiltered Heart Behind the Melodies
Never in your entire life have you ever read a book like this... trust me. If you think Güngör's latest contributions to the world of liturgical music are astounding, then just wait until you hear the unfiltered heart behind the melodies. Be prepared to have your preconceived ideas of sacred art slowly unraveled and sewn back together with Mystery and Beauty!
Michael's musings are beyond hilarious yet radically prophetic. You will taste a hope for a world free from the chains of fundamentalism and catch a glimpse of the culture of sacred creativity that ought to be. I couldn't think of a more timely message for artists & industry professionals in the early 21st Century Church. I hope that you'll allow these stories to shape you as they've shaped me.
Very, Very Timely For My Soul
It's as if Michael has peered into my heart and mind and articulated what I have been unable to for nearly a year. Burnout, fundamentalism, the struggle to maintain a more perfect and elevated status than others because of a perceived status, amongst many other extremely relevant topics to the American view of Christianity. In most of my "non-fiction" reading I'm never compelled to re-read a whole book a second or third time, but the language of this book doesn't read like a dry exposition of liturgy; it's an piece of art all its own that my soul longs to read again. Thank you Michael.
Far More Than Mere Lyrical Metaphors and Allegories!
An excellent work of creative literature and a must read for anyone questioning how their belief system is meant to affect their purpose in life! Filled with hilarious “playful jaunts” and insightful stories from Michael's childhood. An outstanding read for the stoic and the thespian alike! As Michael puts it,
“Art, along with all work is the ordering of creation toward the intention of the creator.”
“Most of human creativity gets ignored for the genius that it is... Take sewer systems for example…”
As a Christian who happens to be a Filmmaker it has been easy for me to slip into a dogmatic perspective of my creativity. But Michael, through humility and vulnerability in sharing his own story removes the veil from the mystery that is our Creator's intent for our existence.
This book was exactly what I needed! It helped me realize where I was producing for the wrong reasons, and set my feet back on solid ground from which now I can truly create! I was extremely blessed through Michael's wisdom and insight. And if he were ever to read this review, I would say, “Thank You”.
“Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work.”