I was recently asked to put out a recommended reading list for warrior-artists. I thought this list was online, but I was wrong. Here is my short list. Books in bold are essential. Sorry that time did not allow me to hot link all the books to Amazon.
My top two recommended books are The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield and The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People By Carol Eikleberry (I prefer the older editions to the current one). If you read nothing else, read these two books. They will revolutionize your life.
Finding Divine Inspiration J. Scott Mc Elroy,
The Creative Call: An Artists Response to the Way of the Spirit, Janice Elsheimer
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. This book is invaluable for those who are struggling to figure out why they are not successful.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.
Restoring the Christian Soul through Healing Prayer and The Healing Presence by Leanne Payne. Both of these books are essential to understanding the symbol and the Christian symbolic worldview.
Healing for Damaged Emotions by David Seamands.
New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton.
Bezalel: Redeeming a Renegade Creation. Yes, I know this is my book. This is the only book ever written in English on Bezalel. It is also the only thorough Biblical study of Bezalel ever written. This is essential material for all Christian artists. No one else did it, so I spent three years doing it myself.
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin.
The Dip by Seth Godin.
How to Read a Book By Mortimer Adler.
Ideas have Consequences by Richard Weaver.
If you are a visual artist I highly recommend all the Andrew Loomis drawing books, but especially Fun with a Pencil and Figure Drawing for All Its Worth.
Then there are a few books that I think you need to read because great literature and art inspires artists:
Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
A Fire in the Earth by David Whyte.
The House of Belonging by David Whyte.
The Book of Virtues by William Bennett.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein.
The Liturgy Sourcebook from Liturgy Training Publications.
You need to be well read, so go find some Shakespeare, Tennyson, T.S. Eliot, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, and Annie Dillard.