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About the Author
Table of Contents
Prelude: The Beginning of Things xvii
1 Creation, Creativity, & the Artist "In the beginning, God created …" 1
2 Incarnational Ministry: Being the Hands & Feet of Christ "In the beginning was the Word … … and the Word became flesh and dwelled among us." 22
3 All Things Beautiful: Towards a Theology of Beauty "… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes …" 47
4 Priestly Role of the Artist "You will be for me a kingdom of priests" 68
5 Give Me a Sign: Symbolic Action & the Artist as Prophet "I have appealed to you through parables acted out by the prophets." 96
6 Dancing in Your Prayer Closet "… go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father …" 119
7 Seasons in the Life of the Artist "For everything there is a season …" 142
Appendix Symbolic Action of the Prophets 171
What People are Saying About This
"God's Creative Gift is, simply stated, a beautiful gift for the people of God. Integrating Scripture, experience, and insights from a broad spectrum of scholars and practitioners, Jody Thomae provides a pathway to freedom and well-being available through creative expression. She reveals that we, the creative gift of the Father, hold within the potential to unleash beauty and healing creative gifts as acts of worship to God and healing to one another. An amazing thought!"
Terry Wardle, Ashland Theological Seminary
"In God's Creative Gift, Jody Thomae emboldens every artistamateur and professional, aspiring and accomplished, bold and hesitantto embrace the power and potential of creativity in all its forms as a mode of worshipping the Creator. Through enriching chapters and devotional studies, artists will grow in deeper understanding of themselves and God's relationship to their creativity. A necessary book for every creative spirit!"
Sarah M. Wells, author of Pruning Burning Bushes
"This is a wonderfully insightful book [of] excellent theological and biblical reflection that invites its readers to know themselves as created in the image and likeness of God, the Divine Artist. The 'Digging Deeper' sections, which enable readers to embody the various themes of the book, add style and grace to her work."
Robert VerEecke, SJ, Jesuit artist-in-residence, Boston College