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Break, Blow, Burn, and Make : A Writer's Thoughts on Creation, Hardback Book

Break, Blow, Burn, and Make : A Writer's Thoughts on Creation Hardback



When a writer and the Creator work together, the universe is set in order. Centuries ago, sound theology and good fiction were friends and not strangers.

Decades ago, authors strove not for self-expression and self-disclosure but for a mastery of craft and language and books that transformed the reader with wisdom and love.

In more recent years, the old ideals have been exchanged for lesser ones. Few guides to writing, which tend to focus on mechanics, point of view, and plot, address the more important matters of meaning, depth, and heart.

But it is the latter qualities that make a book a blessing and gift to both writer and reader.

Like Christ's invitation to follow, they demand a risk and sacrifice of the self and all it holds dear.

Writers from George MacDonald to James Baldwin understood this, but in recent years this understanding has been lost.

Making old things new, this book proposes an ethics of reading, writing, and living based on truth and love. Break, Blow, Burn, & Make returns the literary conversation to the practices of co-creation with God.

Part bugle call, part compass for writing and for life, and part love song to the books that set us on fire, it offers those who are willing to receive it the courage to live, read, and write more deeply and honestly.


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