“Like a Great Warm Blanket” and Other Reviews of ‘Life After Art’

April 5, 2013

I’ve been all over the place this week.

If you read any blogs at all besides mine, you probably ran into me one or two places.

A ton of people posted amazing reviews for Life After Art.  I am so thankful to them for their generosity with their platforms and their kind words. A few of my favorite excerpts:

“As someone who always wants to create, but doesn’t feel ‘good enough’; as someone who has been stuck in the mire of depression, and still struggles sometimes; as someone who strives to be childlike, but wrestles with the grownup world – this book was like a great, warm blanket wrapped around me.”

Lauren Dubinsky

“All in all, Life After Art nicely fills a void evident in mainstream Christian publications. With a glut of existing texts written to be encouraging, give five paths to, or superficially illustrate how we can do things with God, it’s refreshing to find an author like Appling willing to exemplify how we have the freedom to simply be with God.”

Sonny Lemmons

“Can I be honest? I wasn’t expecting much. Which makes me sound like a terrible person, I know. And it’s NO  reflection on Matt as a writer. It’s just that when you deal in words for a living you get a bit tired of words. And are harder to impress.  Needless to say, books (and blogs for that matter) have a very hard time holding my attention these days. So I was surprised by how engaged I was with Matt’s book before I even got out of the introduction.”

Jessica Bowman

Life After Art is not as much about art and creativity as one might suspect judging by the book cover. This book is more so about how to learn the art of making life beautiful, though it is not an instruction manual. Believe you me, you are going to find yourself immensely challenged and asking yourself a lot of questions about how you can live a more beautiful life after you’ve closed the cover . . . but you’re going to be insanely happy about it.”

Sarah Elizabeth

There were a ton of other people who generously shared their thoughts on Life After Art: Blake Atwood at Faith Village, Addie Zierman, Michael Perkins, Stephanie May, Paul Angone, Jeremy Statton, Clark Roush, John Smith, Glynn YoungCaris Adel, Jessica Bowman, Eileen Knowles, Stephanie Spencer, JR Forasteros, Create with Joy and Wes Molebash.

Right now, the book has racked up over thirty reviews on Amazon with a 4.8 star rating (and no bribery involved.)

Another bunch of people kindly hosted me for guest posts on their blogs, including Sarah Bessey, Jeff Goins, Sammy Adebiyi, Tyler Braun, Prodigal Magazine, Ed Cyzewski, Joe Lalonde and Andi Cumbo.

I am so grateful for the conversation the book has started, and I hope you will join with me, not on a journey to becoming better “artists,” but to become more human.  You can still pick up Life After Art for just ten bucks and get three free resources when you email your receipt to LifeAfterArtBook@gmail.com

2 responses to “Like a Great Warm Blanket” and Other Reviews of ‘Life After Art’

  1. Now I’m even more excited to get your book in the mail!

  2. Congratulations again, and I hope you are enjoying every minute of this for all it’s worth!