Creativity

What is the role of creativity for the artist who wants to create with God? Here are some articulate and endearing thoughts by the inimitable Madeleine L’Engle from her book: Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art:

“The artist who is Christian, like any other Christian, is required to be in this world, but not of it. We are to be in this world as healers, as listeners, and as servants” (Page 55).

“An artist is a nourisher and a creator who knows that during the act of creation there is collaboration. We do not create alone” (Page 44).

“God is constantly creating in us, through us, with us, and to co-create with God is our human calling. It is the calling for all of us, his creatures, but it is perhaps more conscious with the artist–or should I say the Christian artist?” (Pages 81-82).

The following resources are sourced from within the Church and without, since—as L’Engle also wisely notes—“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest message of the Incarnation.” (Click on the image icons for more information.)

The Artist’s Way :: A straight-up classic. This rich handbook is the kind of creative resource that stays with you for decades. From tangible ways to develop constructive creative habits (and rid yourself of destructive ones) to less tangible ways of honoring your creative spirit, Cameron is a most savvy and inspiring guide.

Creativity According to the Kingdom :: Matt Tommy’s book encourages us to connect with heaven, create with God, and release transformation. He writes: “As sons and daughters of the Creator God, we are made in HIs image so our creative expression carries His transformative nature through our prophetic voice.” (p 150)

Prophetic Art

Cultivating Kingdom Creativity :: An equipping handbook for activating yourself and others in prophetic art. Filled with testimonies, ideas, and encouragement.

Finding Divine Inspiration :: We have the great joy to partner with the Holy Spirit–the source of inspiration itself. Learn how to expand that ultimate creative partnership and be transformed…the first step to transforming culture.

Intruding Upon the Timeless :: Gregory Wolfe’s luminous collection of essays first appeared as prefaces to the art & faith quarterly he founded, Image Journal. One reviewer rightly called them “prose equivalents of haiku.” You’ll want to savor them.

The Ultimate Treasure Hunt: A Guide to Supernatural Evangelism Through Supernatural Encounters ::  Dedmon shares how to hear a word of knowledge and creatively turn it into an encounter with people who are waiting to encounter God. Original, engaging, and fun.

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