Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson — Book Review

Great read!  If you are a writer, composer, poet or musician, you’ll want to read this book by Andrew Peterson on the creative life (and by the way, since we are made in God’s image, we are all creative).

Much of what Peterson has to say resonates with me as a writer and a Christian.  He is a man after my own heart.  For example:

“One great problem with much art that’s called ‘Christian’ is agenda, which is to say that it’s either didactic or manipulative, or merely pragmatic–in other words the artistic purity of the work tends to take a back seat to the artist’s agenda.

He goes on to say, “God is going to speak through the arts no matter who’s making it.” He “decided early on that I would rather my children listen to a great song by someone who wasn’t a Christian than a bad song by someone who was.”  We need to develop “healthy snobbery about the art … (we) consume.”  This is discernment, and requires that instead of settling for being entertained, we need to “read the nutritional facts on the back of the box.”

He gives suggestions to budding writers, including the need for discipline.  For example:

“The best thing you can do to write your book is to stop not doing it.”

Too often, we put off the hard work of writing or composing, while we wait for inspiration to strike.  This doesn’t always happen.  It’s also important, especially in the beginning to

“… make something, even if it’s not great. … The only way to get better at something is to practice.”

Christian artists also need community:

“They look you in the eye and remind you who you are in Christ.  They reiterate your calling when you forget what it is.  They step into the garden and help you weed it, help you grow something beautiful.”

I could go on and on, but  I won’t.  Just get this book and see for yourself.  Here’s the link:

Adorning the Dark

You can also learn more about Andrew Peterson by going to this website:

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In Marriage Relationships

Marriage is like taking that huge step off a cliff and not knowing how it’s all going to end.  But for most marriage starts with two people, deeply in love, that commit to stay with each other until death do us part.  We have stars in our eyes and we know that life is going to be so wonderful.  Then the problems start.

Most marriages today don’t have the commitment factor that they used to.  Yes, I know that people have stayed in miserable conditions just because they married the person they have come to hate.  It takes two to commit together, two to stay together.  Two hearts need to stay as one.  During the wedding God knits two totally separate people and makes them one.

Now, my marriage wasn’t the greatest.  Both my husband and I had problems.  We actually separated for awhile and then came back together.  We learned to live together and we had a good relationship.  Was it the wonderful lifetime that I imagined when we stood at the altar, no.  It was hard work, but we made it through.  My husband has been gone for over two years now and I can look back and see all the good and bad.  One of the good things is that we were committed to keeping the vows, to stay together through it all.  And we did.

This song by Andrew Peterson totally pulled at me from the first time I heard it.  It is so truthful.  We should take the words to heart.  We shouldn’t just walk (or tiptoe) through the minefields in a marriage, we should go dancing through them.  Sail through the storms.  Knowing that Jesus is the Lord of the relationship should cause us to rejoice.  So, let’s go dancing!!