[BOOKS] ⚣ Adorning the Dark Author Andrew Peterson – Addwebsites.info

[BOOKS] ⚣ Adorning the Dark  Author Andrew       Peterson – Addwebsites.info Making Something Beautiful In A Broken World Can Be Harrowing Work, And It Can T Be Done Alone Over The Last Twenty Years, Andrew Peterson Has Performed Thousands Of Concerts, Published Four Novels, Released Ten Albums, Taught College And Seminary Classes On Writing, Founded A Nonprofit Ministry For Christians In The Arts, And Executive Produced A Film All In A Belief That God Calls Us To Proclaim The Gospel And The Coming Kingdom Using Whatever Gifts Are At Our Disposal He S Stumbled Along The Way, Made Mistake After Mistake, And Yet Has Continually Encountered The Grace Of God Through An Encouraging Family, A Christ Centered Community Of Artists In The Church, And The Power Of Truth, Beauty, And Goodness In Scripture And The Arts While There Are Many Books About Writing, None Deal First Hand With The Intersection Of Songwriting, Storytelling, And Vocation, Along With Nuts And Bolts Exploration Of The Great Mystery Of Creativity In Adorning The Dark, Andrew Describes Six Principles For The Writing Life Serving The Workserving The Audienceselectivitydiscernmentdisciplineand Community Through Stories From His Own Journey, Andrew Shows How These Principles Are Not Merely Helpful For Writers And Artists, But For Anyone Interested In Imitating Way The Creator Interacts With His Creation This Book Is Both A Memoir Of Andrew S Journey And A Handbook For Artists, Written In The Hope That His Story Will Provide Encouragement To Others Stumbling Along In Pursuit Of A Calling To Adorn The Dark With The Light Of Christ This book is an excellent book for any Christian who has a desire to create Andrew is very forthcoming with his own story, and I found his examples of his own struggles encouraging Creation takes work Creation isn t easy But creation is imperative because of whose we are.There were times throughout the book where I felt his prose fairly sang, as when he said, Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor too, by making worlds and works of beauty that blanket the earth like flowers Let your homesickness keep you always from spiritual slumber The grand narrative of this book is that we were all created to create because we have been created in the image of our Creator God, and we each have a true, beautiful and honest story to tell that is unique and needed in a world darkened by Satan and his lies. I am always a bit sceptical about these sorts of books I generally like to read them after the author has died I have not been all that familiar with Andrew Peterson s works either I had heard a few songs and my son Andrew loved his Wingfeather Saga very much Even so this popped up on my radar and I decided to press buy now What a delightful surprise I so related to almost every word out of his mouth from the angst of knowing you should not be writing anything to the demand of your soul that you write Andrew captured the craft of crafting in a humble and good way I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and telling Alexis to play the songs he referred to while I read. I can t recall the first time I heard the name Andrew Peterson I m pretty sure it was from my friends Rusty and Sara Osborne who were already huge fans of his music and fantasy books It was some time later before I ever listened to one of his songs I didn t like it Sorry Andrew, if I ever get the honor of meeting you, please don t hold that moment against me It was a while before I listened to Andrew Peterson again, and it was an altogether different experience His voice became inviting, sincere, pleasant with every verse, with each new song I found, over, that his lyrics were some of the most thoughtful, most poetic, and most beautiful words I had heard in my life After a lengthy repeat cycle of his Resurrection Letters Prologue, Resurrection Letters Vol 1, and Resurrection Letters Vol 2 this spring, I finally started moving on to some of his other music, and I m hooked I bought the Wingfeather Saga for my children and am preparing to read it soon And last Friday I received his newest book, Adorning the Dark I finished it on Saturday because I simply didn t want to stop reading it Much like Peterson s music, I wasn t really sure what to expect from this book The subtitle, Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making, seemed an awfully big goal for a short book Likewise, the summary had a significant emphasis on the writing process, which although fitting under the category of the Mystery of Making, nevertheless increased both my interest and my skepticism that someone could pull off so much in such a short span of pages I was wrong Again Perhaps I should have expected this success from one who can pack so much truth, goodness, and beauty into a three minute song Moreover, when I began reading the book, I found that Peterson also tells a lot of personal stories as a way of elucidating his points I found his transparent, sincere, and humble approach both helpful and inspiring My short review is that writers of all kinds not just songwriters and Christians with all kinds of gifts not just writers should read this book, as it brings valuable insight into the Christian life, the human condition, the value of community, and the beauty and power of words My long review, well, I don t really want to write that one It couldn t do this book justice anyway So instead, here s my medium length review, and in the style of Peterson s book, it s personal than it is academic hence my intentional use of contractions, which I normally loathe Peterson s book was the exact book I needed at the exact time in my life that I needed it God often does these kinds of things With my ever growing reading list, I often really don t know why I pick up a certain book and not another to read Sometimes it s perhaps coincidence, but I have no doubt that this time it was Providence God knew I needed this book at this time Of the many valuable insights in this book, a couple stand out as most notable, primarily because the margin of my book reads, Wow I needed to hear this and I needed to hear this, too First, Peterson writes Wrench your heart away from all the things you think you need for your supposed financial security, your social status Set fire to your expectations, your rights, and even your dreams When all that is gone, it will be clear that the only thing you ever really had was this wild and Holy Spirit that whirls about inside you, urging you to follow where his wind blows 2 3 I find myself in a difficult stage of life, and my wife and I have been deeply, frequently, and fervently praying for the Lord s guidance My own fear is that He has answered time and again, but my own fear of financial security has deafened my ears to His voice As I read Peterson s word, tears filled my eyes as I asked God again to speak, and I m starting to hear whispers Second, Peterson writes You can t blame your equipment You can t blame your lack of time You can t blame your upbringing Either you re willing to steward the gift God gave you by stepping into the ring and fighting for it, or you spend your life in training, cashing in excuse after excuse until there s no time left, no fight left, no song, no story 125 Conviction isn t a strong enough word for my feelings in this respect My lack of time has been a constant excuse to hide the gifts God has given me under a basket and shove it under a bed I won t do it any longer I m ready to fight I ready to get out of training and into the game I ready for the story to get out of my head and onto the page And I have Andrew Peterson to thank for that So thank you, Andrew To the rest of my readers, go buy and read his book, then please share your thoughts in the comments section or on The Classical Thistle Facebook page website I run where I first published this review I would love to dialogue about his book. An interesting, honest exploration of the journey and processes of one of the most revered song story writers of our time.

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