It Was Good . . . Series

A Christian looks at the world through the eyes of one who has a restored relationship with the Creator, and receives a new vision affecting every area of life—including the creative process. So what does it mean to be a creative individual who is a follower of the creative God? The It Was Good . . . Series seeks to answer that question through collections of essays which offer theoretical and practical insights into artmaking from a Christian perspective. The first book in the series addresses all of the arts with an emphasis in the visual arts, the second book focuses on music, and the final book is devoted to the performing arts. 

The Christian worldview is foundational to the approach a believer in Christ takes to making art and artmaking inevitably raises difficult questions. These books offer aids in developing some of the internal tools needed to work through those questions, and so to glorify and enjoy God while trying to speak with a clear and relevant voice to a fallen world.

About It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God . . . 

" It Was Good is good, very, very good. For goodness’ sake, taste its goodness for yourself."
—Luci Shaw
"This anthology’s contributors unabashedly but thoughtfully love the symbiotic good gifts of Creation and creativity. As artists and friends of art, they know that the physical world is too good a gift to allow it to be reduced to an object lesson about “spiritual things,” and that the making and perceiving of art is too valuable to allow it to be reduced to politics or theology. They know as well that God is good but not safe, and that the urge for safe art is often a worldly temptation away from goodness." 
—Ken Myers

The topics and contributors to the Art volume are: foreword Sandra Bowden • introduction Karen Mulder • good Ned Bustard • beauty Adrienne Chaplin • substance Roger Feldman • presence Edward Knippers • creativity James Romaine • glory Tim Keller • craftsmanship Mary McCleary • language Gaylen Stewart • truthfulness Steve Scott • incarnation Dale Savidge • color Kimberly Garza • light Krystyna Sanderson • shadow William Edgar • mission Charlie Peacock • engagement Gregory Wolfe • community David Giardiniere • collaboration Suzannah Bauer • essence Makoto Fujimura • identity Theodore Prescott


About It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God . . . 

"Musicians will be encouraged and uplifted by the essays is this book, which seeks to put into words our shared wonder and gratitude for the gift of music in our lives."
—Karen Peris, The Innocence Mission
"Lively, engaging and eminently readable—this book shows that it is still possible to write about music in a way that enriches our experience of it. Above all, it will renew your gratitude to God for making such an art possible."
—Jeremy Begbie, Duke University, author of Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music

The topics and contributors to the Music volume are:  preface Ned Bustard • silence Brian Moss • freedom David Fuentes • creativity Sandra McCracken • delight Bethany Brooks • mission Charlie Peacock • children Jan and Mark Foreman • kids’ music Katy Bowser • rehearsal Tom Jennings • refining Brad O’Donnell • songwriting Vito Aiuto • collaboration Michael Roe • counterpoint Greg Wilbur • harmony Steve Guthrie • listening Mark Chambers • participation Michelle Stearns • suffering Diana Bauer • minor keys Doug Plank • blues Ruth Naomi Floyd • jazz William Edgar • improvisation John Patitucci • language Hiram Ring • truth Shai Linne • instruments Gregg Strawbridge • psalms Paul Buckley • modern hymns Keith Getty • urban ministry Julius Fischer • vocation Joy Ike • booking Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma • touring Drew Holcomb • fame Stephen J. Nichols


About It Was Good: Performing Arts to the Glory of God . . . 

"This is a wise book written by experienced practitioners who have been in the trenches of creating art from a Christian worldview. It ain’t easy, and if you want to try it, I suggest that you read this book."
—Max McLean, founder & Artistic Director, Fellowship for Performing Arts

"Like its companion predecessors, It Was Good: Performing Arts to the Glory of God is both practical and theological. It’s no cliché that artists struggle to find their way in an increasingly pragmatic niche culture—even more so for Christians in the performing arts. The latter group finding themselves largely misunderstood and vocationally marginalized by the Church. After all, what true kingdom good comes from spending valuable time becoming a dancer? As it turns out, it’s not a waste of time at all. Especially so for the only audience who should matter: Jesus. As the title says, let it all be done to the Glory of God."
—Charlie Peacock, composer, recording artist, and co-founder of Art House America

The topics and contributors to the Performing Arts volume are: foreword David Kim • preface Ned Bustard • performers Charlie Jones • gospel Robert Bigley • story Denis Haack • playwriting Chris Cragin-Day • documentaries Aaron Craig • hospitality Chuck Simmons • audience Jenifer Ringer Fayette • expectations Martin Landry • consistency Elizabeth Richard • theophanies Sean Gaffney • set design Marlaina Seay • shadow Brian S. Chan • horror Brian Godawa • incarnation Camille Hallstrom • sound design Skip SoRelle • live sound Anthony Guyer • listening Gaye Jeffers • trust Abigail Killeen • choreography Elizabeth Dishman • marriage Candace Vance • criticism Alissa Wilkinson


We recommend ordering these books through Hearts & Minds Books. Use the discount code "SQHALO" and receive 10% off this and any other book you order through Hearts & Minds.


ISBN 0-9785097-1-4  |  List: $24.99  |  (Art) Readily available through Ingram.


ISBN 978-0-9785097-6-7  |  List: $24.99  |  (Music) Readily available through Ingram.


ISBN 978-1-941106-09-9 |  List: $19.99  |  (Performing Arts) Readily available through Ingram.

IWG-PA cover.jpg