Below you’ll find a synopsis of Troy Bronsink’s new book, Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers. We think this book will mean so much to you and your creative team that we’re doing a giveaway of five copies of the book to five lucky commenters (details below).
“Get drawn into God’s beautiful creative process”
Inspiration, deadlines, planning, feedback, … all these words can bring up anxiety in a worship leader. Over the past 15 years of working with artists and faith leaders Troy Bronsink began to pay attention to these anxieties and notice what contributes to his own driveness as opposed to those times when he felt “in the flow”—leading folks in prayer, creating with a free spirit, and being drawn into God’s dreams for beloved community.
DRAWN IN: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers is about the balance between risk and rest, and the ways we relate what we make in worship to a life of worship in God’s world, “on earth as it is in heaven.” This book is more about seeing beauty than about making beautiful artwork or music. It is more about being agents of justice than about directing justice projects. And it’s more about being God’s song than singing songs to God. It follows a hunch that the mutuality, openness, and focus required to make great art is also a part of our relationship with God and our active roles in our families, communities, churches, and cities.
The book begins by exploring God’s own creative process, both from accounts in Genesis, as well as throughout scripture, in Jesus’ own New Creation ministry, and in the church commissioned to be “God’s works of art, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepares in advance to be our way of life” (Ephesians 2: 10). It then focuses on the ingredients of creative work: our time, space, and material world—how they inspire us, how we learn through them, and how they are designed to host God’s glory. Drawn In then ends with a charge to “make your life a monastery.”
Awarded “2012 Best Book on Creativity and The Arts” by Hearts and Minds Books, Drawn In is full of exercises, prayers, examples from popular and fine arts, and biblical stories that address our identity as God’s works of art, and commission to create art within God’s grand work.
Troy Bronsink is a musician/author helping shape the future worship practices of the church. Troy’s friendships and artist’s experiences span a wide range of the American Christian landscape including Emergent Village and Liberty University, inner-city Atlanta and suburban Cincinnati, Young Life and the PC(USA). Troy has performed and recorded across folk, indie, and worship music genres (including 2012 Songs to Pray By). Presbyterian minister and consultant with over twenty years of experience in para-church, church planting, and worship ministry, Troy has spoken and made music with camps, conferences, schools, and congregations large and small. He currently lives with his wife and their two children in Cincinnati.
So… this is an easy giveaway. Just leave a comment below. Any comment – why you’d like the book for you and your creative team, what you struggle with creatively, why you love WorshipHouse… or just say “hi”. All commenters will be automatically entered to win one of 5 copies of the book. Comment by 2/27 to win! And, don’t be greedy… share the giveaway with your friends!