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Essential Reads on Art & The Creative Process

Feb 22, 2012
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Here’s my list of what have become my essential reads so far on art and the creative process.  Would love to hear what you would add to the list!

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
David Bayles & Ted Orland

The Artist’s Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living
Julia Cameron

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Steven Pressfield

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
Twyla Tharp

What books would you add to this list? 



Feb 16, 2012
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Projects Worth Noticing

Nov 11, 2011
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Here’s a few projects from some friends.  Definitely worth throwing on your radar if you haven’t already.

A NEW LITURGY - My friend Aaron Niequist’s latest project.  These are 25 minute journeys of music, prayer, scripture, and space. His plan is to release a new one each quarter.  Aaron debuted the first one (God is Love) at The Orchard this past summer.  Our community loved it!

IR-REV-RENDGreg Surratt just released his new book: Ir-rev-rend: Christianity without the pretense, faith without the facade. Greg has a lot of great stuff to say.  He’s honest and full of wisdom.  I love this guy.  Buy it here.

UNTITLED – WAY overdue mention…  It’s Blaine Hogan’s summer release, UNTITLED: Thoughts On The Creative Process.  Blaine Hogan is full of great art and ideas.  He’s the Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington.  He’s a great writer who always inspires me.  Check out his blog too.

Thank You Brennan Manning

Nov 2, 2011

I owe a debt of gratitude to Brennan Manning.

A few years ago I started diving into a few of Brennan’s writings which started me on a journey that continues to challenge and transform my way of thinking and living today.

But my gratitude goes much deeper than that.

As most of you know, my dad was a pastor for more years than I’ve been alive.  Over those years he preached and taught….I don’t know, probably hundreds of sermons on the love and grace of God.  He knew the scriptures and concepts and communicated them well!  But it wasn’t until the last couple years of his life, as he began reading a handful of books by Brennan Manning and a few others…..that my dad came to this life-altering realization: Believing in God’s unconditional love and grace is a far cry from actually trusting it, experiencing it, and allowing it to transform a person’s life.

And so my dad began a journey – a journey into grace, love, and acceptance.  And that journey radically changed his life.  I mean it deeply, deeply changed him.  Everyone saw it!  He was free.  He even looked physically younger and his energy level and passion for God’s work reached a level beyond what any of us had ever seen in him before.

See, for the first time in his life (at the age of 57!) my dad began seeing himself through an entirely new set of lenses.  He was being released from his constant efforts of trying to earn God’s approval and love.  He was learning how to freely receive acceptance from a God who loved him just as he was – not as he should be.  His days of emotional self-flagellation were over.

Brennan Manning played a huge role in the transformation my dad experienced.  And for that….I’m so, so thankful.

Brennan has just released a new book.  It’s likely his last (I hope not).  The book is called All Is Grace.  It’s his memoir.  The story behind the stories.

It’s been quite a read.  So honest and transparent, yet so freeing and beautiful.

You’ll catch the heart and spirit behind the book in this short snippet from Brennan’s introduction:

Over the tar of my life, I have usually been headed toward something along the lines of “professional commitments.” Or at least I thought they were. But those trips are over now. I am liv-ing in a different emotional direction. I am steering toward home, hardly a poster child for anything … anything, that is, but grace. And what exactly is grace? These pages are my final words on the matter. Grace is everything. I am Brennan the witness.

I have 10 free copies of Brennan’s new book (courtesy of David C Cook Publishing) that I will send out to the first 10 people who comment on this post.  Be sure to leave your email so we can email you for your address.

PS – You can read more of my dad’s and The Orchard’s story here.

Great Words From Howard Schultz

Jul 1, 2011
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Just finished reading Howard Schultz’s (Starbuck’s CEO) new book, Onward.  Loved it.  Here’s one quote from the book that really summarizes the heart and spirit behind it.

What is Real Love?

Oct 26, 2010

Been reading Ronald Rolheiser’s Forgotten Among the Lilies: Learning to Love Beyond Our Fears. In one of the chapters, Fr. Rolheiser gives a beautiful answer to the question:

“What is real love?”

Real love is always a coming home, it is not a place we deserve or earn, it is coming to a place where you sense others will love you without necessarily being impressed with you.

“Thus real love is always experienced as a security, a safe place, home, a safe harbor which we sail into.  It is a place of rest.”

On infatuation and all the other “feelings” that sometimes feel like real love:

“…in spite of the excitement and obsession, after we have had our fix we need to, and want to, go home. That person’s heart can never, ultimately, be home for us.”

Ultimately, if we cannot really be of one heart and mind with someone, however interesting and exciting that person may be, then that other will become just part of our world and we will grow apart and go our separate ways, that is, to our separate homes.”

“…that place where we do not have to impress or perform, or earn or win, where we feel safe and secure and where we are at home.

Are you at home with the person you love?

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