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Soul Fire

Accessing Your Creativity

Thomas Ryan, CSP

6 x 9, 160 pp, Paperback
978-1-59473-243-0

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Trust the Creativity within You—Then Get Out of Its Way
“[This] is the invitation of the inner creative spirit: you are created to create. The creative potential within you is one of the things that makes you ‘in the image and likeness of God.’ Whether your medium be music, watercolors, clay, gardening, woodworking, writing, cooking, dance or voice, the Creator has gifted you with creativity. Your gift in return is to use it.”
—from the Conclusion
This inspiring guide shows you how to cultivate your creative spirit, particularly in the second half of life, as a way to encourage personal growth, enrich your spiritual life and deepen your communion with God.
Each chapter provides questions for reflection to help you identify your creative energy, overcome your insecurities, and connect with your chosen method of expression. Practical exercises at the end of each chapter help you awaken your creative spirit within.
Whether you’re a novice or expert; young adult, middle age or golden age; you will be challenged by this invigorating call to set free your creative potential.
“A seductively brave demonstration of the challenge to ‘Surrender to the Adventure.’ Friendly and even almost confidential in [its] manner, delicious in [its] challenge … more than enough to inspire and encourage others—regardless of their professed or practiced faith—who seek an enlightened, emboldened path of spiritual creativity.”
Publishers Weekly
“An uplifting call to awaken to the grace, beauty and precious creation that surrounds us. Evocative and heartfelt ... inspires us to fan the sparks of creativity that lie within all of us!”
Linda Novick, artist, art teacher, author of The Painting Path:
Embodying Spiritual Discovery through Yoga, Brush and Color
“Will easily lead the reader to a deeper contact with his/her creativity as well as deepen community with God.”
Catholic Library World
“Coax[es] out the creative spirit that dwells within all of us.... Help[s] us get past the roadblocks we’ve set up and to unleash our powers of imagination.”
Prairie Messenger (Canada)
“Tracks with tender specificity the sometimes subtle, sometimes overpoweringly self-evident promptings of the believing heart in the second half of life.... Wise guidance in nurturing these promptings toward wholeness.”
Dr. Ann K. Riggs, adjunct faculty member, Earlham School of Religion
“For anyone who believes that, at our essence, we are creative beings…. Shares ideas and exercises that will awaken and captivate. No special tools or supplies are required—just an open heart and spirit. Enjoy this treasure!”
Cory Richardson-Lauve, author of The Scrapbooking Journey:
A Hands-On Guide to Spiritual Discovery
“Page by page ... guides us into the healing fire of our own creativity, ever reminding us that it’s never too late to become the alive and vibrant beings we are meant to be.”
Laura Didyk, writer and editor, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
“Unleash your imagination through story, poetry and holistic exercises. Soul Fire will awaken you to deeper levels of spiritual awareness as you journey toward creativity and unlock the mystery within.”
Thomas A. Kane, Weston Jesuit School of Theology,
Cambridge, Massachusetts
“Sends inklings of the Divine that pry open the heart and the spirit.”
Linda Skolnik, coauthor of The Knitting Way:
A Guide to Spiritual Self-Discovery
“Insightful and engaging … awakens us to the creative wellsprings that exist within each of us and inspires us to find ways of nourishing and expressing our God-given gifts. A welcomed addition to our spiritual libraries.”
Ricky Manalo, CSP, liturgical composer, clinician, and
author of Chanting on Our Behalf
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