Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose

Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose

by Kirk Byron Jones
     
 

What happens when your effort to discover God's will for your life feels more like a "holy guessing game" than a quest for true understanding and joy?

In Holy Play, popular author and teacher Kirk Byron Jones shows how to move forward together with God to imagine and live your true life purpose with creativity and joy. This extraordinary book gives you

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What happens when your effort to discover God's will for your life feels more like a "holy guessing game" than a quest for true understanding and joy?

In Holy Play, popular author and teacher Kirk Byron Jones shows how to move forward together with God to imagine and live your true life purpose with creativity and joy. This extraordinary book gives you permission to stop waiting for God to tell you what to do and start doing what God has been inspiring you to do all along. Through provocative stories and helpful exercises, Jones shows you how to foster the openness and energy that allow you to engage with and construct a fulfilling life that uses all your God-given talent. Jones shows how to humbly and gladly accept the sacred incredible in you–in particular the creator in you.

Jones reveals that you can tap into your divine creativity by taking these steps:

  • Step One: Believe that God is your divine partner, not your domineering parent.
  • Step Two: Believe that vocation is an open possibility, not a closed proposition.
  • Step Three: Accept that you are not just creature but creator as well.
  • Step Four: Dream your way to purpose.
  • Step Five: Joyfully play your dreams.

Holy Play is your guide to taking an amazing journey, a joyful adventure into self-knowledge that will help you begin living your true purpose in life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Determining one's calling in life can be an exuberant process of mining one's deepest desires that delights the God who wishes to inspire our choices, not dictate them. That is the central message of this engaging but evanescent meditation by Jones, an author (The Jazz of Preaching ) and founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans. Challenging the view (popularized by megachurch pastor Rick Warren in The Purpose-Driven Life) that vocational discernment is all about tapping into God's unique purpose for one's life, Jones claims instead that "we are called to join God in co-creating purpose and life itself." Readers are encouraged to discover how to playfully and creatively join with God in forging their path. Suffused with autobiographical morsels and references to Bible stories as well as a plethora of quotations, the book includes chapters on topics like "The Anatomy of Stuck-ness" and "Dreaming Your Way to Purpose." For readers eager to pursue their own vocational discernment, Jones provides chapter-ending questions and exercises. While the message of this volume could probably have been compressed into a sermon or an anthology chapter, it does pose a provocative counterweight to the popular idea that God has predetermined a unique, singular purpose for each human life.(Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, October 30, 2006)
Publishers Weekly
Determining one's calling in life can be an exuberant process of mining one's deepest desires that delights the God who wishes to inspire our choices, not dictate them. That is the central message of this engaging but evanescent meditation by Jones, an author (The Jazz of Preaching) and founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans. Challenging the view (popularized by megachurch pastor Rick Warren in The Purpose-Driven Life) that vocational discernment is all about tapping into God's unique purpose for one's life, Jones claims instead that "we are called to join God in co-creating purpose and life itself." Readers are encouraged to discover how to playfully and creatively join with God in forging their path. Suffused with autobiographical morsels and references to Bible stories as well as a plethora of quotations, the book includes chapters on topics like "The Anatomy of Stuck-ness" and "Dreaming Your Way to Purpose." For readers eager to pursue their own vocational discernment, Jones provides chapter-ending questions and exercises. While the message of this volume could probably have been compressed into a sermon or an anthology chapter, it does pose a provocative counterweight to the popular idea that God has predetermined a unique, singular purpose for each human life. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787984526
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/16/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.86(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"I am so excited by this book! Kirk Byron Jones has the gift of opening up a world to you. Get ready for an honest, light-filled, and delicious conversation that will change your life. The love and joy of Kirk Byron Jones’s God just jumps off the pages of this book and into your heart and bloodstream. If you’re ready to play, read Holy Play!"
—Tama J. Kieves, author, This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love

"Beautifully written, with compelling illustrative stories woven throughout, Holy Play gently and profoundly challenges us to expand our notions of God's purpose for our lives. At the same time as he challenges us to grow up and become adult partners with God, Kirk Jones invites us to rediscover our childlike sense of play. Holy Play leads the reader into what it means both to ‘enter the kingdom og God as a child’ and to grow beyond ‘merely drinking milk to digesting meat."
—Margaret Benefiel, author of Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations

"Kirk Jones, in his wonderfully uplifting new book, Holy Play, helps us rethink our understandings of purpose, ourselves, and God. You’ll be thrilled by what Reverend Jones has to say, and if you listen closely to your intuition, I have no doubt it will urge you to ‘Read this book.'"
—Lynn Robinson, author, Divine Intuition and Trust Your Gut

"What a beautifully crafted and timely message when everybody is so clinched. Read Holy Play and free yourself to joyfully live your divine purpose."
—Sharon Thornton, author, Broken Yet Beloved

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Meet the Author

Kirk Byron Jones, D. Min., Ph.D. is a popular speaker, author, professor at Andover-Newton Theological School, and former pastor of churches in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

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