Christian Book Review | The Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland

The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide for You and Your Ministry Team by Rory Nolan, Grand Rapids, MI, Zondervan, May 1, 1999. 352 pages. Reviewed by Thomas C. Wilcox.


A Challenging Look at The Heart

The Heart of the Artist, by Rory Noland, pushes creatives of all kinds to consider the heart behind what they do and how they do it. Noland does this by taking us through the various heart issues and attitude struggles that he and many artists have faced as they pursue a career or volunteer position in the arts.

Noland starts each chapter with a challenging story to get us thinking about how each issue can be played out in real life. And while some stories are more believable than others, they all do a great job at getting the point across.

I think Noland’s approach to focusing on motivations allows for the things he is teaching to be applicable beyond those of us who would consider ourselves artists. I frequently found myself challenged by the chapter or topic I was on and even now am more cognizant of the ways that I need to grow especially in servanthood.

Two things that could be improved however are the size of the chapters and the Scriptures being referenced. The size of the chapters caused the book to be a little bit tough to read at the pace I am used to for school. And on occasion, it seemed as if the Scripture being cited might not have been the best fit.

Other than that, this book was extremely helpful for examining the motives behind why you serve and grow in Christian character. And I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to grow and have a good heart check.

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