Art and the Bible, by Francis Schaeffer. These two brief essays, when they were written, gave permission to evangelicals to engage the arts. A great biblical, theological foundation for art.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art, by Madeleine L’Engle. A masterfully written reflection on faith and art by the author of children’s classic A Wrinkle In Time.
It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God, edited by Ned Bustard. A fantastic work, filled with color illustrations, for artists. It deals with specific issues for the artist and teacher of art.
Art Needs No Justification, by Hans R. Rookmaaker. A booklet written by an art historian and professor – a great call to creative work.
The Mind of the Maker, by Dorothy Sayers. An exploration of the creative work of God as expressed through the artistic imagination. One my favorite books on faith and work.
Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, by Makoto Fujimara. A series of thoughtful journal entries by the founder of The International Arts Movement.
Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts, by Phillip Graham Ryken. A great short booklet on the importance of the arts for the church.
For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, edited by W. David O. Taylor. A collection of essays intended for pastors and church leaders.
The Spiritual Lives of Great Composers, by Patrick Kavanaugh. Shorts stories on the spiritual lives of twenty of history’s greatest composers, ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Brahms and Stravinsky.
Music Through the Eyes of Faith, by Harold Best. A great work for worship leaders and musicians alike.
Christianity Today: Music. News and reviews on the contemporary music scene.