Scribbling in the Sand by Michael Card

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Paper Edition was voted 2002 Publisher's Weekly Best Adult Religion Book of the Year!

"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 commentaries have asked the wrong question through the ages. They labor over the content, over what he might have written. They ask what without ever realizing that the real question is why. It was not the content that mattered but why he did it. Unexpected. Irritating. Creative." (From chapter one)

Singer, songwriter and diligent student of Scripture, Michael Card is well known for the depth of his lyrics and the artistry of his music. But far more significant than the songs he has penned is the source of his inspiration--the creativity embodied in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God.

In this book Card explores the biblical foundations of true Christian creativity. Whether we think of ourselves as creative or not, all of us are created in the image of our Creator God, and thus creativity is a vital expression of our discipleship. With Jesus as his model, Card shows how understanding God’s creative imagination leads to a lifestyle of humility, obedience and servanthood. And he invites us to follow God's creative call through worship and community.

Through Jesus, God has spoken to us in a word we can understand. Likewise, Michael Card has articulated the story of Jesus to others through his own scribblings in the sand. This book shows us how we can do the same.

About Michael Card

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Michael Card is a well-known, multi-Dove Award -- winning musician and author whose previous children's books have been Gold Medallion finalists. He recently launched a weekly radio program heard on over 150 stations. Collectively, his works have sold more than four million copies and his twenty-year music career has seen nineteen number-one songs on the Christian charts. When not producing thought-provoking, soul-stirring albums or performing across the country, Michael can be found at home in Tennessee with his wife, Susan, and their children, Katie, Will, Nathan, and Maggie.
Published September 3, 2004 by IVP Books. 168 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Card's stunning little book on creativity opens with a story about Jesus: faced with an adulterous woman that he was asked to punish, he knelt down and scribbled something in the sand.

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