Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination, and Spirit: Reflections on Creativity and Faith

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“The double questionwe must always ask is,‘How does faith inform art?’and ‘How can art animate faith?’”

Imagination, appreciation of beauty, creativity: all of these qualities have beengiven to us by God. For the Christian artist, the drive to create somethingwonderful is also a means to glorify and better understand our Lord. Usingexcerpts from her own works as well as those of writers who have gone beforeher—Emily Dickinson, Annie Dillard, C.S. Lewis, and others—poet and ...

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Overview

“The double questionwe must always ask is,‘How does faith inform art?’and ‘How can art animate faith?’”

Imagination, appreciation of beauty, creativity: all of these qualities have beengiven to us by God. For the Christian artist, the drive to create somethingwonderful is also a means to glorify and better understand our Lord. Usingexcerpts from her own works as well as those of writers who have gone beforeher—Emily Dickinson, Annie Dillard, C.S. Lewis, and others—poet and writerLuci Shaw proves that symbolism and metaphor provide ways for humans toexperience God in new and powerful ways.

Shaw offers a rich and thought-provoking exploration of art, creativity, andfaith. Believing that art emanates from God, she shows how imagination andspirituality “work in tandem, each feeding on and nourishing the other.” Faithinforms art and art enhances faith. They both, for each other, are “breath forthe bones.”

Provocative, enlightening, and above all, inspiring,Breath for the Boneswillhelp readers discover the artist within, and bring them further along the pathto God Himself.

Include s Discussion Questions andWriting Exercises

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849929649
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,170,831
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Luci Shaw, Gold Medallion award-winning author of Horizons: Exploring Creation, and Water My Soul, brings to her wide reading public the fruit of years of pondering and enacting the vital link between the writer of faith and the God of Creation. Life-long interaction with colleagues such as Philip Yancey, Madeleine L'Engle, Eugene Peterson and Walt Wangerin play into the links she makes between faith and art. Readers around the world have responded to her lectures, essays and poetry. She challenges all of us to re-think how faith informs art and art can animate faith. Here is a fresh breath of encouragement to imaginative minds...a clear guide to the theological framework of creativity and the call for active participation in God's own creative life.

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Table of Contents

Note to Readers vii

Introduction ix

part 1 The Basics of Creativity: Foundations of the Creative Process

1 Discovering the Creative Heart of God 3

2 Entering into Beauty 19

3 Meeting the God of Metaphor 35

4 Learning from Story 55

5 Celebrating Imagination 63

6 Listening to the Muse 73

part 2 The Details of Creativity: Exploring the Creative Process

7 Beginning with Journal Writing 91

8 Learning to Risk 101

9 Paying Attention 113

10 Cultivating Creativity 129

11 Understanding the Shadow Side of Creativity 149

12 Tracing the Creative Process of Poets and Poems 171

Appendix A Writing Exercises and Questions for Discussion 187

Appendix B Creativity Books-A Reading List 199

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 203

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