Life After Art

Posted on April 1st, by npernia in Available Now, Books. Comments Off on Life After Art

Life after Art coverRead an excerptFor fans of: Allison Vesterfelt, Anne Jackson, Blaine Hogan, Joshua Becker

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You will be creating for the rest of your life. You might as well do it on purpose.

As stressed-out adults with the very real pressures of relationships, careers, finances, and raising families, our experiences in the elementary school art room have been relegated to the “happy memory” part of our brains, with no real value to us now.

However, the biggest concern we adults often face is the spiritual crisis of self-value—of “What’s my place in this world?”

If we travel back to our seats in the art room, art teacher Matt Appling shares three God-given keys to answer that very question. These are lessons we knew as 5-year-olds and must learn again to recapture the contented, joy-filled, and productive lives that God created us to live.

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Life After Art will help you recover what was lost or stolen from your childhood throughout the arduous journey of life. Reclaim the untainted creativity, imagination, and optimism of your youth—and discover the very person you were meant to be.
Ben Arment, Creator of STORY conference and Dream Year

How many years has it been since you were covered in paint in your elementary school’s art room? After reading Life After Art, you may want to go back. Matt takes readers on a journey to the art room to discover our purpose in life which can be found in our God-given ability to create beauty for the world to see.
Anne Jackson, Speaker and author of Permission to Speak Freely: Essays & Art on Fear, Confession & Grace

Our time-obsessed culture of productivity has piled so much upon our adult lives that we’ve let slip the things that truly enhance our spiritual, emotional, and even physical well-being. Matt Appling’s call to return to the timeless joy of making beautiful things is powerful. More art. More creating. More mess. As a visual artist and a grown-up overcome with responsibilities, this is a message I needed to hear.
Jason Boyett, Author of O Me of Little Faith

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About the Author
MATT APPLING teaches Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade art, as well as high school art history.  He has taught and ministered in a variety of school and church settings.  He has also been a popular blogger for four years, as the author, as a syndicated columnist, and as a featured contributor to many other online publications.  Matt lives with his wife, Cheri in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hear more from Matt online at or find him on Twitter @MattTCoNP.

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