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Christ John Otto, Author

An Army Arising: Why Artists are on the Frontline of the Next Move of God

Hundreds of creative men and women have been touched by An Army Arising.

I have to tell you that I spent the past ten hours lapping up the book and thought for the first half that you were writing about my heart and mind… then found some challenges of what I saw as areas of improvement that I need, and well after a little break came back and finished the book.  I really am looking forward to reading it again and again.  Thank you.  Thank you for writing this book.”

I an currently reading An Army Arising and it has truly given me hope! I am a painter and your book is so relevant and timely in my life as an artist. I am not sure how I stumbled across it, but it is giving me clarity and encouragement. I have sensed the Holy Spirit nudging me to paint ” The Word”. Through just reading the beginning of your book, the vision has become clearer.”

“I am 85 years old and have been a professional painter my entire life.  After reading this book I finally understand why God put me on earth.

Bezalel: Redeeming a Renegade Creation

Did you know the Bible presents us with a role model for artists?

The man was Bezalel, and what the Bible tells us about him will change your life. His life shows us that art and artists are not at the fringe of God’s plan, but at the center.

In the 2 years of writing and researching Bezalel: Redeeming a Renegade Creation, Christ Otto took the book on the road to test his conclusions with real artists.

That “test run” in North America and Europe developed into the Bezalel Workshop.  Hundreds of creative men and women around the world have experienced life transformation at a Bezalel Workshop.  We have been able to make the core material flexible enough to accommodate anything from an evening seminar to a full on weekend retreat.

Contact us to talk about bringing Bezalel to your community. 

Mary: When God Shares His Glory

Every creative act is an act of giving birth.

Mary encountered the glory and had an encounter with her true identity. Through her the Word became flesh. Her life is a model for us as we make the Word flesh through our lives.

“This book rearranged my reality.”

“It made me feel honored to be a woman.”

“It’s perfect theology.”

These are some of the early comments from readers. Like the breakout success An Army Arising, this book was written for artists but will be read by everyone.

Recommended Reading List

We often get asked: “do you have a recommended reading list?” This is my short list. Most of these books have changed my life, and many are now considered classics. Avoid fads and go deep.

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MUST READS
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
This is Marketing by Seth Godin
An Army Arising by Christ John Otto
Poverty, Riches, and Wealth by Chris Vallottan

BIBLES AND BIBLE STUDY
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Fee and Stuart
The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament, Scott Hahn The New Living Translation, Bible

PRAYER, REVIVAL, SPIRITUALITY
Prayer: Key to Revival, DavidYonggi Cho
When Heaven Invades Earth, Bill Johnson
Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby
New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton
Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, Madame Jeanne Guyon
The Sacrament of the Present Moment, Jean de Caussade

HEALING
Restoring the Christian Soul through Healing Prayer, Leanne Payne
Healing, Francis MacNutt
The Power to Heal, Francis MacNutt
The Healing Light, Agnes Sanford

ART AND CREATIVITY
The Creative Call, Janice Elsheimer
Finding Divine Inspiration, J. Scott McElroy
Art and the Bible, Francis Schaeffer
Art Needs no Justification, H.R. Rookmaaker
Modern Art and the Death of A Culture, H.R. Rookmaaker
Culture Care, Makoto Fukimura

POETRY
The House of Belonging, David Whyte
Poems, C.S. Lewis
Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

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