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Reviewed by Teodora Totorean for Readers' Favorite
New Reason New Way: How My Skepticism Changed My Art by Andy Eppler is an autobiographic book about the artist’s journey from his childhood to the present day, and into becoming an artist as part of The Prairie Scholars band with his wife, Jessica. The book carries readers through the artist’s formative years when he was in school, through his first steps into music writing and recording, through his thought processes on how he started to question his faith and the belief in Jesus, and how he discovered historical evidence that doesn’t follow the facts from the Bible, as well as how he moved from being religious to non-religious, and how this affected his art. The book finishes with a personal reflection on various forms of art and their characteristics in Eppler’s view, and some answers from different artists about the creative process they go through.
Autobiographies are always great to read because when you admire an artist in any field, you want to know more about his or her creative process and what his or her art is all about. In that respect, New Reason New Way: How My Skepticism Changed My Art by Andy Eppler offers precisely what you expect from the genre. Written in the first person in a friendly voice, the book feels authentic and real. Not only do you get to enter into the artist’s universe, but you also get to learn about his thinking, his life and his message to the world. I particularly enjoyed the chapter dedicated to his wife, Jessica, who is also a member of the band, as well as reading some lyrics which made me want to know more about the band and Eppler’s music.