The Lowdown

Mixed Media

Art Work: Michael J. Bauer examines the power and importance of using creative gifts in the local church in his book Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God’s People. (Eerdmans)

Fowl Play: Love “Duck Dynasty”? This is the Christmas album for you. Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas includes duets with the likes of Allison Kraus, Luke Bryan, and George Strait. (Capitol Nashville)

Dream On: James Thurber’s short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, gets a theatrical reboot this month with Ben Stiller as the daydreaming Mitty. (20th Century Fox)

Evidently: Creed’s lead singer, rocker Scott Stapp, enters the Christian music scene with his second solo album, Proof of Life. (Wind-Up Records)