Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers

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God breathes life into every part of the material world, drawing all things into one vision of a new creation. We, artists, all of us, are part of this beautiful creative-divine process.

 
“This fresh vision of God and ourselves draws us (rather than drives us) into a new way of being. Drawn In will introduce many to a gifted writer, reflective artist, and practical theologian sure to contribute much to the life of the church for decades ...

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Overview

God breathes life into every part of the material world, drawing all things into one vision of a new creation. We, artists, all of us, are part of this beautiful creative-divine process.

 
“This fresh vision of God and ourselves draws us (rather than drives us) into a new way of being. Drawn In will introduce many to a gifted writer, reflective artist, and practical theologian sure to contribute much to the life of the church for decades to come.” – Brian D. McLaren

 
“This is one of the finest books on art, creativity, and the nature of God to date. It is no less than a manifesto: a call to create at the grandest and most humble of scales. To make and remake with passionate and tangible love. Stunning, from start to finish.” – Sally Morgenthaler

 

Bronsink shows how we can connect the creative life and the life of faith through design thinking and creative processes. Exercises invite participation in God’s life and redemptive rhythms. This holistic approach will shift how Christian creatives think of mission, worship, collaboration, and everyday discipleship. 

 
“Troy Bronsink is deeply rooted in a seriousness about Gospel faith. He explores the recognition that faith cannot be held in the familiar categories of concept, proposition, rule or cliché, but is always moving toward new possibilities.” – Walter Brueggemann

"If you, like many, have been searching for a book that combines the passion of the Wild Goose Festival and the creative insights of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, with a dash of new monastic spirituality and a pinch of Brueggemannian theological sensibility, then this is most certainly the book for you! Great exercises. Excellent for small group discussion." -  David Taylor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557258717
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,540,250
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Troy Bronsink is a Presbyterian minister, musician, and workshop leader with over twenty years of experience in para-church, emerging church, pastoral and worship ministry, Troy has spoken and made music with camps, conferences, schools, and congregations large and small. He lives with his wife and their two children in Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

foreword ix

introduction 1

Section 1 God's Relationship With Creation

1 Our Creator and the "Lost Arts" of Creativity 17

(Wave 1 of 6) God's dreams love the future into existence

(Wave 2 of 6) God patiently hovers

(Wave 3 of 6) God takes risks

(Wave 4 of 6) God listens with us

(Wave 5 of 6) God reintegrates each created thing with the rest of creation

(Wave 6 of 6) God rests

2 The Mediums of God's Artwork 4

3 Stuff: Material Reality 49

4 Footprints: The Land, Space, and Our Reach 53

5 Time: Being in the Moment 63

6 Working with Others 71

7 Following Our Senses into God's Material World 83

8 Incarnation: Where Work and Vision Meet 109

9 Getting Drawn In 137

10 Make Your Life a Monastery 149

(Wave l of 6) Dreaming: prayer requests, meditations, and brainstorms

(Wave 2 of 6) Hovering: put a halo on it

(Wave 3 of 6) Risking: daring to find God's voice in yours

(Wave 4 of 6) Listening: the voice of God in and through creation

(Wave 5 of 6) Reintegration: joining ourselves to Gods creative project

(Wave 6 of 6) Rest: laying down the paintbrush

epilogue: What's Next? 197

acknowledgments 199

notes 201

index of exercises 211

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