Exit the Cave: Embracing a Life of Courage, Creativity, and Radical Imagination

Exit the Cave: Embracing a Life of Courage, Creativity, and Radical Imagination

by Blaine Hogan
Exit the Cave: Embracing a Life of Courage, Creativity, and Radical Imagination

Exit the Cave: Embracing a Life of Courage, Creativity, and Radical Imagination

by Blaine Hogan


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Redeem your story, redefine your creativity, and make a life that truly matters

Sometimes the greatest gift you can receive is for your life to fall apart. After years stuck in a painful cycle fueled by past abuse and ongoing addiction, actor, artist, and director Blaine Hogan finally hit rock bottom. No longer able to hide behind the veneer of success or find comfort in the shadows of compulsion, Blaine was forced to look at the story his life was telling and realize he'd lost the plot.

Desperate to find hope, he gave up a budding career and took a major life detour where he discovered that facing his past was the key to unlocking a new kind of creativity. In Exit the Cave, Blaine shares the stories that shaped him while exploring how our relationship to our past defines how we imagine the future and live in the present. Through powerful personal revelations, he invites you to take up the practices of radical imagination and real creativity so you can tell a better story with your life.

If you've ever been stuck, addicted, ashamed, discontented, or lost, take courage—a richer, more imaginative, and meaningful life is waiting for you just outside the cave.

"A tender but fierce story of survival, reckoning, and redemption. Blaine manages to somehow weave themes of acting, allegory, addiction, family, and faith into one beautifully written account of his own healing. This is the kind of story that will redeem you."—Laura McKowen, bestselling author of We Are the Luckiest

"Blaine Hogan has inspired me for many years with his unique way of seeing the world. In this book you'll find a blast of inspiration and a trusty guide to help you exit the cave and enter a world that is real and beautiful and vital."—Brad Montague, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Circles All Around Us, Becoming Better Grownups, and Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540900036
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/08/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,058,089
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Blaine Hogan is a writer, film and creative director, and actor. Former creative director for Willow Creek Community Church, Hogan is currently a full-time filmmaker. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Margaret, and their three daughters. He holds a master's degree in theology and culture from the Seattle School of Psychology and has appeared in many stage productions and television shows. Find him online at www.blainehogan.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 15

Part 1 Welcome to the Cave

1 Blaine from Blaine 23

2 Waking Up 28

3 Turning Point 34

4 Addicts 37

5 The Jacket 46

6 Chloraseptic 54

7 Cancer 60

8 Now or Never 67

Part 2 Where Have You Come From?

9 The Liar 79

10 Hagar 84

11 Called Out 92

12 Caught 101

13 Telling on Myself 107

14 Possibility 112

15 No One to Tell 119

16 Hiding and Being Seen 123

17 Moving through It 128

18 Tin Man 136

19 Golden Possibility 155

Part 3 Where Are You Going?

20 Seeing the Light 159

21 Wanting New Things 161

22 Saying "I Do" 164

23 Radical Imagination and Containers on the Floor 171

24 Past. Future. Present. 175

25 Love Is a Net 179

26 I Should Be Philip Seymour Hoffman 185

27 Learning Peace 189

28 Making Peace 197

29 Practicing Peace 205

30 Breaking Promises 211

31 Destination Unknown 218

32 On Ambivalence 220

33 Family Motto 226

34 Free People Free People 234

Epilogue: Four Straight Lines 239

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 247

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