You may or may not have heard of CompassionArt.
"CompassionArt is a charity that joins the dots between art and poverty. It raises money to help breathe life into the poorest communities, restoring hope and igniting justice."
I've already reviewed this book and CD before but if this is your first time then here's the lowdown:
You can read the Press Release here but in short 12 artists: Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton, Graham Kendrick, Steven Curtis-Chapman, Andy Park, Stu Garrard, Martin Smith all got together to write and record songs for charity. Each musician involved with CompassionArt then wrote a chapter about compassion and how they came aboard this project, how the focus on poverty has shaped them.They put this into a book called The Art of CompassionThe proceeds from this and other projects all go to 4 charities picked by the group and 12 by the individual artists.
There is no way, let me say it again, NO WAY, you can read this book and listen to the CD and not have your heart touched. It's not fluffy. It's painful, raw and very vivid. This is exactly how it should be. We live in a de-sensitized society and can easily pop a CD in the car, cruise down the road and drive right by the hurting and homeless.
What Martin and Anna Smith envisioned with the creation of CompassionArt is something that will not allow the people involved to return to the status quo. You cannot read this book without committing yourself to do something...anything....to help those in need.
Martin Smith discussed the project recently on this very site.
Check it out, be blessed and help those in need, get behind CompassionArt today!