Tiegreen proposes that our prayer lives, which should be the lifeline of deep and all-satisfying communion with God, are suffering from, well, boredom and formulas and stodginess. There were many moving passages, but here’s one quote that has captured my heart in particular:
God is . . . a supporter of artistic expression created for his glory, especially when he’s the primary audience. The gate into his kind of creativity is as narrow as the single Savior, but once we’re inside the kingdom, the opportunities are limitless. We are free to glorify God with whatever capacity he’s given us to do so.1
I am inspired to stretch my love and devotion to the Lord through various artistic and expressive means—not through words alone, although words will always have primacy, given that I am a writer.
One book—done! I’m not sure which one I’ll pick up next, but I hope to get in a few more stretches of reading yet this afternoon. My progress in numbers is summarized below.
Finished Reading: Creative Prayer, Chris Tiegreen
Total Pages Read: 113
Total Reading Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes
1. Chris Tiegreen, Creative Prayer: Speaking the Language of God’s Heart (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2007), 122.