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Scribbling in the Sand

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"It was art and it was theater at the same time, but it was more. It was what he did not say that spoke most powerfully to the mob that morning. It was a cup of cold water for a thirsty adulteress and an ice cold drenching in the face to a group of angry Pharisees.

"To this day we have not the slightest idea what it was Jesus twice scribbled in the sand. By and large the c

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Published August 1st 2002 by InterVarsity Press (first published 2002)
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Rebekah Choat
Best known as a singer/songwriter, Michael Card is also a gifted author and teacher. In Scribbling in the Sand, he looks at a familiar narrative from an imaginative perspective and highlights aspects of the story that we may not have seen before.

A woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus. “What do you say we should do with her?” the good men of the town asked. His response was not any of the answers they had anticipated. He didn’t come down emphatically on the side of the law. Neither d
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Tim Hoiland
In his excellent book Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity (InterVarsity Press), singer, songwriter and Biblical scholar Michael Card makes the connection between art and the biblical prophets, emphasizing the generally overlooked spiritual significance of the imagination.

“Through the prophets we come to understand that God is out to recapture all that we are or can hope to be,” he writes, “not just the mind or the heart but the mind of the heart, the heart of the mind, which is the ima
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Adam
The best book on Christian aesthetics I've ever read, from a devotional standpoint. Not the most profound or dense, but definitely the most impactful.
Avril Vandermerwe
I love this book so much, I will read it again and again. It is a beautiful and inspiring look at creativity as an expression of relationship with our Creator.
Debbie Hoskins
This was the book that I made people read at my Visual Journaling workshop in 2005. It is a very good book. It was the first time I realized that in the Bible it actually says that Jesus kneels down and scribbles in the sand, before he decides what to do with the woman the people want to stone. Now I'm very used to the idea, so it doesn't have the power it did in 2004. I've gotten to hear Michael Card sing, play piano, and speak at Calvin College. He makes you cry. He is very true. I like that h ...more
Rick
Generally good and at times excellent where this Christ-centered book resonated strongly for me. Short of 5 stars only because it didn’t offer actionable information or lessons except through the addendum that addressed this critique as a sort of literary afterthought. Loved the personal references to stargazing and God's creation.
David Ryan
Really appreciated this book by Michael Card. Took it with me for my vacation devotionals and got so much out of it that really spoke to my heart. Great insights on the creative process and the encouragement to "gaze upon the beauty of the Lord".
Sarah
I enjoyed this more than I expected! It was recommended to me, so I got it w/o knowing really what it was about. I marked up my book and will have to go back and review my notes and maybe blog about this one.
Michelle
Michael Card writes about creativity. Some interesting things to say, but not the best written or most theologically sound book I've ever read.
Christopher M.
A very interesting book about art and worship in the life of a follower of Christ. A must-read for Christians involved with or interested in art.
Christina
Fantastic thoughts about the value of creativity to a follower of Christ. The kind of thoughts I hadn't heard in a lifetime of sermons.
Tim
As a non-artist, I found this helpful personally and it helped me in better understanding the artists in my church.
Letitia
This is a must-read for any Christian artist, particularly the letters to artist in the back of the book.
Shannon
A fresh approach to this subject matter, focused mainly on the necessity of imagination in spiritual life.
Marion Hill
A nice book about the role of Christ and Creativity. A good read!
young mi
Unique viewpoint on this topic. very challenging for creative folks.
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Michael Card (born April 11, 1957) is an American Christian singer-songwriter, musician, author, and radio host from Franklin, Tennessee. He is best known for his contributions in contemporary Christian music, which couple folk-style melodies and instrumentation with lyrics that stem from intensive study of the
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