We don’t normally do this, but Myrna Petersen, a popular author on opentheword.org, has just published a book on Christians and the arts and we decided to provide a bit of an overview of the book for those who might be interested in purchasing it.
Inspirational stories behind Biblical artisans.
As we draw closer to the Creator of the universe, we’ll be inspired to create new works.
Written by Myrna Petersen with editing and graphic design by Open the Word’s Dean Smith, this is a great read for individuals or in a small group study. It is not how-to-instruction in the art of one’s choice but rather, a book to help crafts people, artists and musicians draw closer to the creator of the universe to release one’s creativity. When you know and work with the Creator of the human spirit, you’ll be inspired to create new works.
In the beginning God created man in His own image. Since human beings are created in the image of our Abba Father, we should function as creators, making new works on a regular basis. This is not just the job of a few artistic types but the expectant hope of every man, woman and child in the universe.
Unfortunately, over the centuries, the creative mind has often been suppressed in the struggle to feed and shelter the natural man. With the industrial revolution came mundane factory jobs, resulting in repetitive labor.
Thankfully, now in the 21st century, it’s become recognized that the artistic and entrepreneurial minds must merge to succeed in a competitive world. Today, the onus isn’t only on an artist to learn business skills to become successful, it is imperative that businesses provide an environment where creative minds can flourish. When the two come together, it can set a company apart from their competition!
The Bible – the world’s most read, best-selling and most-distributed book of all time – is filled with stories of and from creative minds.
Last Days Prophecy Concerning the Arts
Written more than 150 years ago, F. W. Kummacher (1796 – 1868) in his book Elijah The Tishbite gave prophetic under- standing of how in the last days, the beauty and glory of the LORD will permeate the world, demonstrated through science and the arts.
F.W. Kummacher wrote:
“I refer you to that prophecy of Zechariah, which shall assuredly come to pass. ‘In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness unto the LORD: and the pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts; and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein; and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts’ (Zechariah 14:20-21 KJV).
What a glorious prospect is here presented to us of the future condition of the church and of the world! The beauty and lustre of holiness shall then be spread over all we possess, and over all that surrounds us. The Spirit of the LORD shall be universally diffused, and every object will partake of a Divine consecration. The sciences will then be the handmaidens of religion, and their alpha and omega will be the glory of God in Christ. The arts will return to their primary destination and be again devoted to the service of the living God. ‘I the LORD, will hasten it, in its time.’”
Creativity, part of our inheritance, from the cave dwelling era to modern society, is revealed through various artistic means:
- Story Telling
- Art Tells Stories
- Sound as a Music Pre-requisite
- Working with Our Hands
- Heaven and Earth Dance
- Design and Colors
- Modern-day Taskmasters
- The Master and His Wine-workers
- Understanding Times and Seasons
- Craftsmen in the Last Days
- And much more…
For a sneak preview and/or place an order of paperback copies from our Canadian distributor.
Download E-pub various ebook formats from USA distributor.
Myrna Petersen is a writer and musician based in Regina, Canada and owner of Ideation Entertainment. Myrna is the author of five non-fiction books, a stage musical and several film scripts. She loves to uncover obscure historical gems and present these stories in the language of the common man.