There is a reason artists often feel a sense of the sacred in their work. It's the same reason those on the path of spiritual formation find that creative exercises lead them into a deeper, more authentic experience of God. Creative work is soul work, and soul work is always creative work. Feeding one while neglecting the other will leave you restless and unsatisfied. Nurturing them both will lead you to new places of self-discovery and God-discovery. In this book the author will lead you through the process and practice of integrating the worlds of Christian spirituality and creativity. This book will help you turn frustrated longings into satisfying growth.
There is a reason artists tend to feel a sense of the sacred in their work. It's the same reason those on the path of spiritual formation find that creative exercises lead them into a deeper, more authentic experience with God. Creative work is soul work, and soul work is always creative work. Feeding one while neglecting the other will leave you restless and unsatisfied. Nurturing them both will lead you to new places of self-discovery and God-discovery. "I believe that spirituality and creativity are intricately connected, yet they are rarely nurtured and talked about that way," contends Vinita Hampton Wright. In these pages she leads you through the process and practice of integrating the worlds of Christian spirituality and creativity. You will find both inspiration and practical help for
The Soul Tells a Story
- embracing the life that chooses you
- understanding the spiritual process of creativity
- facing the self you have to deal with
- comprehending the relationship of sexuality to both art and soul
- developing a supportive community for your work
- thriving as a creative person in the real world
helps you to turn frustrated longings into satisfying growth.
Vinita Hampton Wright is a critically acclaimed writer and professional editor who conducts creative formation workshops at conferences around the country. She is the author of three novels-- and --as well as the nonfiction book,
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.
"Encouraging and inspiring. . . . Think Julia Cameron meets Madeleine L'Engle. This book is a marvelous resource."
Her book offers kind, sisterly, experienced advice to readers of any faith who are on the brink of or in the midst of their own creative work.
" The Soul Tells a Story is an amazingly generous offering: each page brims with Wright's essential and deeply learned insights from her years as both writer and editor. This is a brave book, willing to lead us into the darker corners of an artist's process. Even more, it is a celebration of entering into the divine work of creating, inviting us to expand our very souls in the process."
"In this luminous volume Wright combines the splendid attributes of practical guide with practicing writer describing what and how she has learned from her own soul telling its story. Admirable!"
" The Soul Tells a Story is a book for writers and for those who are interested in the creative process. However, I believe it is even more of a book for spiritual sojourners of all faiths and spiritual traditions. Vinita demonstrates, through her own soul story, a depth of passion, honesty, struggle, creativity and above all a vibrant-energetic life, the integrative power of the soul at work within the human person. I do not cry easily when I read a book. I do not easily laugh or for that matter react with any strong emotion as I read, but as I turned these pages I often could not contain myself. Again and again I discovered something in Vinita's soul story that released something of my own soul story. I am deeply grateful."
"Honest, stimulating, practical and wise. This book is going on my shelf of absolute essentials."