This book was actually my first introduction to Joe Castillo. I had watched a young lady (can’t remember which country she was from) do a sand art drama set to some music, so when I saw the book, I thought it would be a very interesting read full of insights on how this form of art came to be.
I got that and so much more. This book contains not only the how, but the why and the story behind who Joe Castillo is and he also shared many of his adventures as he carries his art across the globe. I stopped reading from time to time and got on the internet to actually view some of the pieces as he mentioned them. So very powerful.
As he shares his experiences with people from all walks of life, in his own words . . . “Over the years, I have discovered genuine spiritual life in many of the multitude of denominations for which I have performed. Finding out what produces it has been of great interest to me. First there is a love for Christ, followed closely by a hunger to know the Scriptures. An enthusiasm for an upright life and a close fellowship with others of the faith produces a desire to share it. As I get to know these people of faith, I have experienced that unexplainable communion of the spirit that identifies another person as a member of the same spiritual family.” . . . we, as readers, learn that God’s Family is vast – we are not alone in our faith – all we need to do is keep our eyes and ears open.
I highly recommend this book to all who are looking for unique ways to help spread the Gospel message, as well as those who are desiring to be involved in any type of ministry work that may cause them to be pushed to center stage. Mr. Castillo is a man who portray’s Christ not only through his work, but through his life. He shares the ups and the downs being in the public eye, yet all the while remaining Christ’s humble servant.
Again, I must quote Mr. Castillo as he prepares to close out his book . . . “”Our story does not have to be dramatic or sensational. It just needs to be true and told sincerely from the heart. People will be changed, not by the drama of the story or the clever way we tell it. They will be changed by the power of God behind the truth of the story.” pg 100
At the end of his book he gives resources and suggestions for ministering to your own groups – Church, Fellowship meetings, Bible Studies, even your non ‘religious’ groups – for this I send him a huge “Thank You!”