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My Favorite Books (& a Video) for the Writing Life

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by Agnes Sanford (Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2009)


The Healing Light

by Agnes Sanford (Ballantine Books, 1983)

To see how vitally important the exercise of her writing gift was to the life of Agnes Sanford was to understand that writing is a trust from God to be stewarded.

I also noticed how God gave Sanford another gift alongside her gift of writing—that of healing. Eventually the two gifts were entwined in her life, in such a way that her books about healing continue to strengthen the body of Christ decades after her death.

From these two books, I gleaned some serious inspiration about the connection of my writing life with the kingdom of God. In this blog entry, in a section called “A Writer, On Writing,” I recounted some of those insights.

The Mind of the Maker

by Dorothy L. Sayers (HarperCollins, 1987)

The way Sayers articulates the creative process really helped me. I understand it as a flow of ideas from Maker (God) to writer; then from writer to book; then from book to reader—in order to recreate in the mind of the reader the original idea of the Maker.

As I was first processing that concept, I hit some bumps, which I talk about in this blog post. However, Sayers’ concept helped me think about my roles as a writer—related to God, the idea, and the readers—in a way that immediately and enduringly strengthened my relationship to God and my responsibility to my calling.

Video: “Finding Your Calling 1” by Sarah Thiessen

(YouTube, uploaded by Splankna, 30 December 2015)

Thiessen’s opening prayer and her entire talk provide practical calibration for finding and aligning a life with God’s will. And given the importance of the words we share with others, I think that’s vitally important for a writer.

A Word About Spiritual Writing

I encourage Christian writers to consider the ideas Writing as Spiritual Weapon, a blog post in which I share the synthesis of a concept that is foundational to me, and the books that helped form the concept.

On a Lighter Note…

Writing Aloud

by J.D. Beresford (W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, 1928)

This book is hilarious, and so good. (It’s one Dorothy L. Sayers mentions in The Mind of the Maker. She got me so curious about it that I tracked down a copy and read it.) I laughed out loud at many of the glimpses Beresford gave into his own writing life.

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