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Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle
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May 28, 11

bookshelves: art, philosophy, religious-literature, books-on-writing
Read from May 22 to 27, 2011

This has to be one of the best books on the creative process that I've ever read. Every page has at least one phrase or passage that is memorable or quotable. Whether she's talking about motivation or differentiating between Christian art (which she calls true art and which does not have to have been created by someone of the Christian faith) and a false kind of art, L'Engle shows that there is much more to being a writer than a compulsion to write (though that's certainly indicative of the gift).

I like to think of this book as a "standard work" for artists, regardless of their chosen medium of expression. Like a book of scripture, I felt moved by the Spirit while reading most of it, attesting to the true principles contained in many of its pages. Well before I reached the end of the book, I could understand why it was suggested reading for any creative types feeling "blocked" in their efforts.
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message 1: by Bryan (new) - added it

Bryan You beat us to it!


Tanya If you haven't bought it yet, don't...I'll have it read by this weekend and can send it back with Allison.


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Bryan Woohoo! We'll see how fast we can read it so we can talk about it.


Tanya :) But don't rush too much. Her words are meant to be savored. (In fact, as I'm going along, I'm copying down several passages to keep for quotes.)


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