The Gratitude Shop: Practicing Gratitude and Contentment in God Like an Artisan Practices His Craft.
"...yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." -Habakkuk 3:18
Kevin Ott -- Christian author represented by Hartline Literary agency, worship leader, movie critic, screenwriter, and composer -- earned his B.A. in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also studied literature and film scoring. Kevin writes for Vital Magazine, and he is a frequent contributor and the online editor for RockinGodsHouse.com. Yale University published Kevin's article "The Most Beloved Chord in Music History, Pt. 1" in their curated music news site through the Yale Music Library, and Kevin is working on two books that explore the writings of C.S. Lewis from the perspective of music.
Kevin's greatest passion, however, is approaching the spiritual habits of gratitude, worship, and Bible study the same way an artisan would approach his labor-intensive, handcrafted work.
After battling and overcoming clinical depression, Kevin discovered a calling. He helps those who are discouraged, depressed, and burned out to find the abundant life of Christ through the artisan craft of gratitude -- a cultivated habit of joy that is more than just "counting your blessings." It includes that good habit, certainly, but it is a joy that begins from a mighty foundation -- the power of the Cross and the Word -- until it "has God's life in abundance to the full, overflowing" (a paraphrase of John 10:10).
Kevin has several ongoing blog projects that serve this vision in a variety of creative, out-of-the-box ways, including:
Music is a Metaphor, which explores how sound waves and music theory reveal God's glory and teach us Biblical truths. Kevin has written a non-fiction Christian inspiration book called Music is a Metaphor: How Songs and Symphonies Reveal the Four Loves. The book shows how music shares specific traits with the nature of love that C.S. Lewis observed in his book The Four Loves.
Skydiving with C.S. Lewis. In this article series, Kevin meditates on some of his favorite C.S. Lewis books, both fiction and non-fiction, quotes favorite passages, and applies the spiritual truths in Lewis's writing to our modern world. Why is it called "skydiving?" Because skydiving is the closest analogy to what it's like to read Lewis. He gives you a Heaven's-eye-view of the world and the human experience, and then plunges you into it with the exhilarating speed of his logic, wit, and imagination.
David's Tabernacle. (IN TEMPORARY HIATUS) In this worship experiment, Kevin is organizing a worship "center" in his church where volunteer "lay people" (not professional worship teams) participate in worship, intercessory prayer, and Bible reading 24 hours a day, seven days a week in "shifts," slightly similar to how King David set things up in his tabernacle. The vision is simple: create a place where worship, intercessory prayer, and immersion in the Word is happening round the clock, where Christians can come at any time, day or night, to "draw near to God" as James 4:8 exhorts. After trying this experiment out with his church for two months in 2014 -- with some exciting results -- Kevin is planning Round 2 of the experiment, which will hopefully take place later in 2015.
A few of Kevin's favorite sites: