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The soul tells a story : engaging creativity with spirituality in the writing life

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Wright, the author of Velma Still Cooks in Leeway and other acclaimed novels, offers encouraging and inspiring words about creativity in the life of a Christian, and Christianity in the life of a creative person (the explicit focus is on writing, but most of this book is easily translatable to the other arts). Wright examines the ways spirituality feeds creativity, and vice versa. Both creativity and spirituality  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vinita Hampton Wright
ISBN: 0830832319 9780830832316
OCLC Number: 57352705
Description: 259 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The heart-stopping act of saying yes : what to expect when you embrace creative callings --
The journey of creative formation : how to approach your gifts with faith and intention --
The practices that engage the process : what it means to participate with mystery and muse --
The various ways we tap the well : where to search for material and inspiration --
The balance that leads to greatness : how to craft but not control while using both sides of the brain --
The community that counts : when you need support and were to find it --
The self you must face : where your gifts begin and where you must return --
The beauty and danger of a creative life : why the wonder brings darkness with it --
The home built in exile : how to thrive as a creative in the real world.
Responsibility: Vinita Hampton Wright.
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"Wright, the author of Velma Still Cooks in Leeway and other acclaimed novels, offers encouraging and inspiring words about creativity in the life of a Christian, and Christianity in the life of a creative person (the explicit focus is on writing, but most of this book is easily translatable to the other arts). Wright examines the ways spirituality feeds creativity, and vice versa. Both creativity and spirituality require community and intentionality, and both foster joy. Creativity, says Wright, can enrich one's spiritual life because creating a sonnet, collage or garden can help show the creative person something about the creator God; likewise, a spiritually infused painting or short story can be more than just entertaining-it can be life changing. Wright shatters many common myths about creativity, like the idea that writing requires an "artistic temperament." She gently cautions readers that the creative life is costly and may involve rejection, disappointment and hardship. Wright is refreshingly honest, addressing creative people's tendency toward depression and warning about potential dangers (for example, two creative folks can find themselves entangled in an illicit sexual affair if they're not careful). Writing exercises are scattered throughout the book, and Wright balances her lofty reflections on spirituality with answers to practical questions like Can writing pay the mortgage? Think Julia Cameron meets Madeleine L'Engle. This book is a marvelous resource. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information"--Publishers Weekly.

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