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The Soul Tells a Story

Paperback|Apr 2005
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There is a reason artists tend to feel a sense of the sacred in their work. It's the same reason those on the path of spiritual formation find that creative exercises lead them into a deeper, more authentic experience with...


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There is a reason artists tend to feel a sense of the sacred in their work. It's the same reason those on the path of spiritual formation find that creative exercises lead them into a deeper, more authentic experience with God. Creative work is soul work, and soul work is always creative work. Feeding one while neglecting the other will leave you restless and unsatisfied. Nurturing them both will lead you to new places of self-discovery and God-discovery.
^^"I believe that spirituality and creativity are intricately connected, yet they are rarely nurtured and talked about that way," contends Vinita Hampton Wright. In these pages she leads you through the process and practice of integrating the worlds of Christian spirituality and creativity.


^^You will find both inspiration and practical help for

embracing the life that chooses you ^understanding the spiritual process of creativity ^facing the self you have to deal with ^comprehending the relationship of sexuality to both art and soul ^developing a supportive community for your work ^thriving as a creative person in the real world ^^The Soul Tells a Story helps you to turn frustrated longings into satisfying growth.

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Vinita Hampton Wright leads you through the process and practice of integrating the worlds of Christian spirituality and creativity.
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Explores the intersection of creative work and spiritual formation and reveals how nurturing both will lead you to new places of self-discovery and God-discovery.
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Vinita Hampton Wright

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 books, Simple Acts of Moving Forward and The Soul Tells a Story: Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life.

  • Acknowledgments
  • A Word About Beginnings
  • 1. The Heart-stopping Act Of Saying Yes:
  • <em>what To Expect When You Embrace Creative Callings</em>
  • 2. The Journey Of Creative Formation:
  • <em>how To Approach Your Gifts With Faith And Intention</em>
  • 3. The Practices That Engage The Process:
  • <em>what It Means To Participate With Mystery And Muse</em>
  • 4. The Various Ways We Tap The Well:
  • <em>where To Search For Material And Inspiration</em>
  • 5. The Balance That Leads To Greatness:
  • <em>how To Craft But Not Control While Using Both Sides Of The Brain</em>
  • 6. The Community That Counts:
  • <em>when You Need Support And Where To Find It</em>
  • 7. The Self You Must Face:
  • <em>where Your Gifts Begin And Where You Must Return</em>
  • 8. The Beauty And Danger Of A Creative Life:
  • <em>why The Wonder Brings Darkness With It</em>
  • 9. The Home Built In Exile:
  • <em>how To Thrive As A Creative In The Real World</em>
  • Appendix: Using This Book With A Small Group
  • Resources
  • About The Author

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