The Art of Spiritual Writing

The Art of Spiritual Writing

This slim volume is loaded with writing tips, advice, and exercises to help the writer hone and craft his or her personal thoughts into an engaging, inspiriing, and publishable piece.

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 9780829439090

Category: Religion

Page: 120

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There's a constant hunger in the world for books that explore the spiritual aspects of life, but writing about spirituality is far more complex than simply sharing personal reflections about God and the life of faith. Editors and publishers who specialize in spiritual writing find that what is important to work out for yourself on paper may not always be the best way to connect to readers. Because of its personal nature, it can be difficult to find the balance in spiritual writing between what is good writing for you and what is good writing for others. Incorporating her 20+ years of publishing and writing experience, Vinita Hampton Wright provides a practical and straightforward look at spiritual writing for a broader audience in The Art of Spiritual Writing. This slim volume is loaded with writing tips, advice, and exercises to help the writer hone and craft his or her personal thoughts into an engaging, inspiriing, and publishable piece. Readers will learn such things as why authenticity matters, how to find their authentic voice, and how to engineer their creativitiy so that it resonates with readers. The Art of Spiritual Writing demonstrates that by taking the time to learn and implement the process and craft of writing, we can begin to uncover new ways to ocnnect with ourselves, our readers, and God. And as we grow in our writing ability, our spirituality blossoms as well.
Categories: Religion

Writing The Sacred Art

Writing   The Sacred Art

This isn't about how to write spiritual books.

Author: Rami Shapiro

Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 9781594733727

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 155

View: 194

Push your writing through the trite and the boring to something fresh, something transformative. "Writing as spiritual practice has nothing to do with readers per se. You aren't writing to be read; you are writing to be freed. Writing as spiritual practice is conspiratorial rather than inspirational. It conspires to strip away everything you use to maintain the illusion of certainty, security and self-identity. Where spiritual writing seeks to bind you all the more tightly to the self you imagine yourself to be, writing as spiritual practice intends to free you from it." --from Rami's Preface This isn't about how to write spiritual books. It isn't about the romance of writing. It doesn't cover the ins and outs of publishing and building a brand. Instead, this fresh and unapologetic guide to writing as a spiritual practice approaches writing as a way to turn the spiral of body, heart, mind, soul and spirit that leads to spiritual awakening. Lead by renowned spirituality teacher Rami Shapiro and award-winning writer and writing coach Aaron Shapiro--and featuring over fifty unique, practical exercises--it takes you beyond assigning inspirational words to the page. It shows you how to use your writing to unlock the joy of life and the infinite perspectives and possibilities that living provides.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing the Sacred Journey

Writing the Sacred Journey

Readers will learn new and practical skills for every stage of the writing process. Sprinkled throughout the book, these thoughtful activities teach readers new writing techniques and avenues into the creative process.

Author: Elizabeth J Andrew

Publisher: Skinner House Books

ISBN: 1558964703

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 480

Writing the Sacred Journey shows readers how to write about spirituality and the interior life with heart and flair. It helps readers get motivated, generate materials, move swiftly through drafts, and gain confidence and ease in their writing. Writing the Sacred Journey helps readers to uncover and honor the sacred within their own life stories. Elizabeth Andrew, an experienced writing instructor and spiritual director, gently guides readers through the spiritual writing process from concept to finished manuscript. She identifies some of the initial hurdles writers face in describing the interior, spiritual life and offers practical tips about how to overcome them. Writing the Sacred Journey also explores themes that commonly appear in spiritual memoir, as well as the all-important issue of writing as craft. Readers will learn new and practical skills for every stage of the writing process. Sprinkled throughout the book, these thoughtful activities teach readers new writing techniques and avenues into the creative process.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Eat This Book

Eat This Book

The second volume of Peterson's momentous five-part work on spiritual theology, Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God's revelation, and to live them as we read them.

Author: Eugene H. Peterson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802864901

Category: Religion

Page: 200

View: 570

Peterson draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of "lectio divina," and the role of Scripture translations. Included also is the inside story behind Peterson's own popular Bible translation, "The Message."
Categories: Religion

Small Simple Ways

Small Simple Ways

This book covers 52 weeks (Monday through Sunday) structured into four-week sections focusing on a principle of spiritual growth as taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola, including God in All Things, Spiritual Freedom, Imagination, and ...

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 9780829445428

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 302

In Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, author, editor, and retreat leader Vinita Hampton Wright offers her trademark compassion and encouragement to lift readers up and help propel them forward. This book covers 52 weeks (Monday through Sunday) structured into four-week sections focusing on a principle of spiritual growth as taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola, including God in All Things, Spiritual Freedom, Imagination, and Reflection. Each day connects the general focus with a specific aspect or action of healthy spiritual life such as Compassion, Discernment, Generosity, Gratitude, and Integrity. Sundays are reserved as a day for resting our hearts in God. Through practice and repetition of these basic thoughts and actions that build upon themselves over the course of a year, Small Simple Ways will help you step into your future with good, healthy spiritual habits.
Categories: Religion

Writing the Sacred Art Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice

Writing the Sacred Art  Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice

Where spiritual writing seeks to bind you all the more tightly to the self you imagine yourself to be, writing as spiritual practice intends to free you from it." --from Rami's Preface This isn't about how to write spiritual books.

Author: Rami Shapiro

Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 1683365046

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

View: 417

Push your writing through the trite and the boring to something fresh, something transformative. "Writing as spiritual practice has nothing to do with readers per se. You aren't writing to be read; you are writing to be freed. Writing as spiritual practice is conspiratorial rather than inspirational. It conspires to strip away everything you use to maintain the illusion of certainty, security and self-identity. Where spiritual writing seeks to bind you all the more tightly to the self you imagine yourself to be, writing as spiritual practice intends to free you from it." --from Rami's Preface This isn't about how to write spiritual books. It isn't about the romance of writing. It doesn't cover the ins and outs of publishing and building a brand. Instead, this fresh and unapologetic guide to writing as a spiritual practice approaches writing as a way to turn the spiral of body, heart, mind, soul and spirit that leads to spiritual awakening. Lead by renowned spirituality teacher Rami Shapiro and award-winning writer and writing coach Aaron Shapiro--and featuring over fifty unique, practical exercises--it takes you beyond assigning inspirational words to the page. It shows you how to use your writing to unlock the joy of life and the infinite perspectives and possibilities that living provides.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Days of Deepening Friendship

Days of Deepening Friendship

Throughout forty brief chapters, author and spirituality-workshop leader Vinita Hampton Wright taps the proven wisdom of Ignatian spirituality by employing prayer, imagination, action, and reflection, making the book an ideal spiritual ...

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 0829429549

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 972

Be your true self—and get ready for a dynamic friendship with the Divine. It’s time for women of faith to quit apologizing—for who they are or who they’ve been, for what they feel and know, and for their powerful ability to connect with spiritual reality. When a woman is free to be herself and to express to God—without fear—her loves, dreams, pains, and passions, she can embark upon a friendship that is stunning in its wisdom and delightful in its daily unfolding. Using Scripture, meditations, stories, and written exercises, Days of Deepening Friendship encourages women to radically rethink their approach to friendship with God and to explore the deeper regions of this very special relationship. Throughout forty brief chapters, author and spirituality-workshop leader Vinita Hampton Wright taps the proven wisdom of Ignatian spirituality by employing prayer, imagination, action, and reflection, making the book an ideal spiritual workshop for women. Days of Deepening Friendship will free any woman to fling wide open the door to the Divine and become friends with the God who has loved her all along for who she really is.
Categories: Religion

Spiritual Quests

Spiritual Quests

Six writers discuss the novel-like structure of the Catholic mass, the history of religious writing, self-discovery, Biblical language, and the influence of Eastern religions

Author: Mary Gordon

Publisher:

ISBN: 0395515637

Category: Religious literature

Page: 189

View: 582

Six writers discuss the novel-like structure of the Catholic mass, the history of religious writing, self-discovery, Biblical language, and the influence of Eastern religions
Categories: Religious literature

Art and Prayer

Art and Prayer

The literature review explores spiritual writing, art, philosophy, and existentialism. The methodology and art directives were developed through a Catholic lens, with an emphasis on the incorporation of the Rosary.

Author: Cassidy Hana Kassab

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:992446294

Category: Art therapy

Page: 134

View: 732

This thesis exploration is a heuristic study of ways in which art and prayer can be joined to mutually deepen one another within the context of art therapy. The researcher posits that art and prayer share an existential character in their search for meaning, and thus, have implications for art therapy practice. The literature review explores spiritual writing, art, philosophy, and existentialism. The methodology and art directives were developed through a Catholic lens, with an emphasis on the incorporation of the Rosary. The researcher used herself as the sole participant in art directives that explored prayer and art, implemented in a series of seven sessions. The prayer aspect of the directives included the Rosary and scripture reading, while the art-making took the form of painting with acrylic ink. Results varied according to the structure of each art and prayer session. The discussion analyzes the components of the art directives and how they supported or inhibited prayer for the researcher. The writer concludes that art and prayer may be combined such that each informs and deepens the other, and that art therapy may support spiritual exploration. Ethical and clinical considerations for art therapists who may conduct art and prayer sessions with clients are also reviewed. This study has implications for those exploring art and spirituality from other spiritual traditions, and is specifically helpful for those who wish to incorporate Catholic teaching into art therapy practice for self and others, and for art therapists who also practice as Catholic spiritual directors.
Categories: Art therapy

Spiritual Warrior

Spiritual Warrior

Examining the question How do we live rewarding inner spiritual lives in a constantly changing world?, this useful guide offers successful tips for countering negative habits and living more successfully each day.

Author: John-Roger, DSS

Publisher: Mandeville Press

ISBN: 9781893020856

Category: Self-Help

Page: 171

View: 605

Presenting keys for mastering relationships and combating fear and addictions, this perceptive meditation reflects on methods for creating abundance and love. Examining the question How do we live rewarding inner spiritual lives in a constantly changing world?, this useful guide offers successful tips for countering negative habits and living more successfully each day. Full of wisdom, humor, and common sense, the book portrays conscious individuals as warriors battling the anxieties of modern life through intention and impeccability, as opposed to violent means. A practical journal of spiritual convergence is also included.
Categories: Self-Help

Praying Freedom

Praying Freedom

In Praying Freedom, author Vinita Hampton Wright discusses how being spiritually free requires self-awareness and prayer, imagination as well as good intention, and practical activity in addition to belief.

Author: Vinita Hampton Wright

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 9780829438451

Category: Religion

Page: 64

View: 298

With meditations, imaginative techniques, and prayer exercises, Praying Freedom is a Lenten devotional book that can help improve your prayer life and guide you towards spiritual freedom. In Praying Freedom, author Vinita Hampton Wright discusses how being spiritually free requires self-awareness and prayer, imagination as well as good intention, and practical activity in addition to belief. Through Ignatian spirituality principles, imaginative techniques, and the power of God’s grace, we can become more spiritually mature and free to live as God wants us to live.
Categories: Religion

The Best Spiritual Writing 2012

The Best Spiritual Writing 2012

For Fra Angelico, then, art was a spiritual way. In this understanding, he
anticipated both the greatest poet and the greatest composer that the West has
yet produced. Dante, in his celebrated letter to Can Grande, states that the
purpose of his ...

Author: Philip Zaleski

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101552650

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 681

Penguin's yearly offering of outstanding essays and poetry on faith and spirituality. Every year, the acclaimed Best Spiritual Writing series offers readers the opportunity to explore the most intriguing work on spirituality published in the past year. Featuring a splendid and varied selection, The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 is an elegant collection that gathers intimate, thought-provoking work by some of the nation's most esteemed writers, including Philip Yancey, Richard Rodriguez, and Robert Bly. Culled from a wide range of journals and magazines, these spiritual perspectives are expressed in pieces as diverse as the sources from which they've come. A favorite of book clubs, this makes a perfect gift for the holidays or special occasions.
Categories: Religion

Writing the Sacred Journey

Writing the Sacred Journey

Readers will learn new and practical skills for every stage of the writing process. Sprinkled throughout the book, these thoughtful activities teach readers new writing techniques and avenues into the creative process"--Amazon.com.

Author: Elizabeth Andrew

Publisher:

ISBN: 1558964711

Category: Autobiography

Page: 244

View: 720

"Writing the Sacred Journey shows readers how to write about spirituality and the interior life with heart and flair. It helps readers get motivated, generate materials, move swiftly through drafts, and gain confidence and ease in their writing. Writing the Sacred Journey helps readers to uncover and honor the sacred within their own life stories. Elizabeth Andrew, an experienced writing instructor and spiritual director, gently guides readers through the spiritual writing process from concept to finished manuscript. She identifies some of the initial hurdles writers face in describing the interior, spiritual life and offers practical tips about how to overcome them. Writing the Sacred Journey also explores themes that commonly appear in spiritual memoir, as well as the all-important issue of writing as craft. Readers will learn new and practical skills for every stage of the writing process. Sprinkled throughout the book, these thoughtful activities teach readers new writing techniques and avenues into the creative process"--Amazon.com.
Categories: Autobiography

The Contemplative Pastor

The Contemplative Pastor

Peterson, who has been gaining a growing reputation as a "pastor's pastor", speaks words of wisdom and refreshment for pastors caught in the busy-ness of preaching, teaching, and "running the church".

Author: Eugene H. Peterson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802801145

Category: Religion

Page: 171

View: 261

Peterson, who has been gaining a growing reputation as a "pastor's pastor", speaks words of wisdom and refreshment for pastors caught in the busy-ness of preaching, teaching, and "running the church". Chapters include poetic reflections on the Beatitudes, advice on spiritual direction "between Sundays", and the language of prayer.
Categories: Religion

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004

The task of the spiritual writer is to uphold truth and beauty at whatever cost , in
whatever way his art demands . Words save or damn . This means that the work
of the spiritual writer must inevitably encompass the spiritual transformation ( or ...

Author: Philip Zaleski

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618443029

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 275

View: 211

A selection of the finest spiritual writing of the year offers essays and articles on faith, spirituality, and their influence on politics, creativity, literature, and other fields, reflecting Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and other diverse perspectives.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Beginning Again

Beginning Again

Individual chapters are framed by personal stories and images from the artist’s work.

Author: Deborah J. Haynes

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532639401

Category: Religion

Page: 174

View: 741

What does it mean to become and work as an artist today? What unique challenges do artists face in the twenty-first century, and what skills are required to overcome them? How might art become an expression of spiritual life? In addressing these and other questions, Deborah J. Haynes offers reflections that range from the practical to the deeply philosophical. She explores challenging ideas: impermanence, suffering, and the inevitability of death; the virtues of generosity, kindness, and compassion; and more abstract concepts such as negative capability, groundlessness, and wisdom. Individual chapters are framed by personal stories and images from the artist’s work. Beginning Again: Reflections on Art as Spiritual Practice is a personal statement, born from the author’s experience as an artist, writer, teacher, and Buddhist practitioner. Haynes writes for artists—and for all exploring the relationship of their creativity to the inner life. For Haynes, making and looking at art can be a form of meditation and prayer, a space for solitude, silence, and living in the present.
Categories: Religion

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006

The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006

It is an art wedded to the art of housewifery . To husband is to use with care , to
keep , to save , to make last , to conserve . Old usage tells us that there is a
husbandry also of the land , of the soil , of the domestic plants and animals -
obviously ...

Author: Philip Zaleski

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 0618586458

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 308

View: 772

A selection of the finest spiritual writing of the year offers essays and articles on faith, spirituality, and their influence on politics, creativity, literature, and other fields, reflecting Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and other diverse perspectives.
Categories: Literary Collections

Write Better

Write Better

In this book you'll find practical advice on how to develop writing skills and strategies that can move writers toward fresher, more vital, and perhaps more beautiful expressions of the human condition.

Author: Andrew T. Le Peau

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830845699

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 101

In this primer on nonfiction writing, Andrew Le Peau offers insights he has learned as a published author and long-time editor. In this book you'll find practical advice on how to develop writing skills and strategies that can move writers toward fresher, more vital, and perhaps more beautiful expressions of the human condition. You'll also discover how the act of writing can affect your life in God.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Art is a Spiritual Path

Art is a Spiritual Path

The site also contains an archive of the images in this book in full color.

Author: Pat B. Allen

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590302101

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 242

View: 486

Art is a spiritual path--not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit together the ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer, ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity with others in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group, think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide for walking the path of art through a series of simple practices that combine drawing, painting, and sculpture with journal writing. Designed for readers at any level of artistic experience, the book shows how to: * awaken the creative force and connect with the divine source of creativity * access inner wisdom and intuition about life issues, including both personal and community concerns * find a path to meaning that includes honoring, celebrating, and giving thanks * explore the images and symbols of traditions such as Catholicism, Judaism, shamanism, and Goddess worship * join in spiritual community with others who are following the path of art * discover that artmaking can help us live our ideals and be of service in the world Detailed examples from the author's own practice of art, plus the stories and images of several other people, are presented to illustrate how art becomes a spiritual path in action. At the author's virtual studio, www.patballen.com, readers can post their images and writings, communicate with the author, and subscribe to an electronic newsletter. The site also contains an archive of the images in this book in full color.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

International Journal of Comic Art

International Journal of Comic Art

The escape provided by writing acquires a kind of spiritual dimension close to
religious transcendence. ... Auster stressed this similarity between art and
spirituality in The Art of Hunger, writing about French poet Jacques Dupin: The
poetic ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111758392

Category: Cartoons and comics

Page:

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Categories: Cartoons and comics