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God, Improv, and the Art of Living

Paperback|Jul 2020
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: The famous improvisational principle of "yes, and ..." has produced a lot of great comedy. But it also offers an invigorating approach to life in general, and the spiritual life in particular. From Moses to Ruth to Jesus, Scripture...


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The famous improvisational principle of "yes, and ..." has produced a lot of great comedy. But it also offers an invigorating approach to life in general, and the spiritual life in particular. From Moses to Ruth to Jesus, Scripture is full of people boldly saying "yes, and ..." as they accept what life throws their way and build upon it.


In this book, pastor, speaker, and improv aficionado MaryAnn McKibben Dana blends Scripture, psychology, theology, and pop culture in a wise, funny, down-to-earth guide to God, improv, and the art of living. Offering concrete spiritual wisdom in the form of seven improvisational principles, this book will help readers become more awake, creative, resilient, and ready to play-even (and perhaps especially) when life doesn't go according to plan.


"We are all improvisers," says McKibben Dana, "often without realizing it. We improvise in order to get through the day. We improvise when life surprises us. We do it without even thinking about it. This book will help you do it better."


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 563372
  • Product Code 9780802878342
  • ISBN 0802878342
  • EAN 9780802878342
  • Pages 230
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Jul 2020
  • Sales Rank 61722
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 17mm

Susan Isaacs

Susan Isaacs is a comedian, actress, and writer with many credits in TV, film, stage, and radio. She is an alumna of the Groundlings comedy troupe and contributing essayist for NPR's Weekend America. She has written specials for DirecTV & is a contributing essayist for "Sit N Spin" at the Comedy Central Stage and "Show and Tell" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Susan teaches screenwriting for the Act One Program and has spoken at PepperdineUniversity's Screenwriting Weekend, International Arts Movement, and Inter-Mission: NY. She and her husband, Larry Wilson, live in Los Angeles. For

  • :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p><b>introduction</b><br /><br /><b>principle 1. Say Yes</b><br /> Chapter 1. Live Yes-ly<br /> Chapter 2. Accept What We Can&amp;rsquo;t Change<br /> Chapter 3. Listen For God&amp;rsquo;s Yes<br /> Chapter 4. Say No To Say Yes<br /> Chapter 5. Risk Yes<br /><br /><b>principle 2. Say And</b><br /> Chapter 6. Live Toward And<br /> Chapter 7. Listen For God&amp;rsquo;s And<br /> Chapter 8. Use And To Create Possibilities<br /> Chapter 9. Embrace The Vulnerability Of And<br /><br /><b>principle 3. Hone Your Vision</b><br /> Chapter 10. Cultivate Vision<br /> Chapter 11. Pay Attention<br /> Chapter 12. See Defeats Differently<br /><br /><b>principle 4. Find Your Troupe</b><br /> Chapter 13. Play Well With Others<br /> Chapter 14. Be A Pirate, Robot, Or Ninja<br /> Chapter 15. Serve One Another<br /><br /><b>principle 5. Find The Right Structure</b><br /> Chapter 16. Get Lean<br /> Chapter 17. Take One Small Step<br /> Chapter 18. Plan Right<br /> Chapter 19. Make Peace With &amp;ldquo;not Enough&amp;rdquo;<br /><br /><b>principle 6. Don&amp;rsquo;t Be Clever</b><br /> Chapter 20. Wrestle With The Voice<br /> Chapter 21. Refuse To Hoard<br /> Chapter 22. Reframe Loss And Failure<br /> Chapter 23. Embrace Ambiguity<br /><br /><b>principle 7. Go Off-plan</b><br /> Chapter 24. Meet The Mystery<br /> Chapter 25. Crack The Code<br /> Chapter 26. Fight Back With Beauty<br /><br /><b>improv Exercises</b></p>

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