The Soul Tells A Story

The Soul Tells A Story

by Vinita Hampton Wright


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830832316
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 03/30/2005
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Vinita Hampton Wright is a critically acclaimed writer and professional editor who conducts creative formation workshops at conferences around the country. She is the author of three novels—Grace at Bender Springs, Velma Still Cooks in Leeway and The Winter Seeking—as well as the nonfiction book, Simple Acts of Moving Forward.

Table of Contents

A Word About Beginnings
1. The Heart-Stopping Act of Saying Yes:What to Expect When You Embrace Creative Callings
2. The Journey of Creative Formation:How to Approach Your Gifts with Faith and Intention
3. The Practices That Engage the Process:What It Means to Participate with Mystery and Muse
4. The Various Ways We Tap the Well:Where to Search for Material and Inspiration
5. The Balance That Leads to Greatness:How to Craft But Not Control While Using Both Sides of the Brain
6. The Community That Counts:When You Need Support and Where to Find It
7. The Self You Must Face:Where Your Gifts Begin and Where You Must Return
8. The Beauty and Danger of a Creative Life:Why the Wonder Brings Darkness with It
9. The Home Built in Exile:How to Thrive as a Creative in the Real World
Appendix: Using This Book with a Small Group
About the Author

What People are Saying About This

Lauren F. Winner

"Honest, stimulating, practical and wise. This book is going on my shelf of absolute essentials."
Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Real Sex

Luci Shaw

"In this luminous volume Wright combines the splendid attributes of practical guide with practicing writer describing what and how she has learned from her own soul telling its story. Admirable!"
Luci Shaw, Writer in Residence, Regent College, and author of The Crime of Living Cautiously

Kate Young Caley

"The Soul Tells a Story is an amazingly generous offering: each page brims with Wright's essential and deeply learned insights from her years as both writer and editor. This is a brave book, willing to lead us into the darker corners of an artist's process. Even more, it is a celebration of entering into the divine work of creating, inviting us to expand our very souls in the process."
Kate Young Caley, author of The House Where the Hardest Things Happened

Rev. Thomas M. Santa

"The Soul Tells a Story is a book for writers and for those who are interested in the creative process. However, I believe it is even more of a book for spiritual sojourners of all faiths and spiritual traditions. Vinita demonstrates, through her own soul story, a depth of passion, honesty, struggle, creativity and above all a vibrant-energetic life, the integrative power of the soul at work within the human person. I do not cry easily when I read a book. I do not easily laugh or for that matter react with any strong emotion as I read, but as I turned these pages I often could not contain myself. Again and again I discovered something in Vinita's soul story that released something of my own soul story. I am deeply grateful."
Rev. Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R., author of Sacred Refuge: Why and How to Make a Retreat

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