God, Improv, and the Art of Living

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, May 8, 2018 - Religion - 230 pages

“We’re all improvisers,” says MaryAnn McKibben Dana, whether we realize it or not. 

In this book McKibben Dana blends personal stories, pop culture, and Scripture into a smart, funny, down-to-earth guide to the art of living. Offering concrete spiritual wisdom through seven improv principles, she helps readers become more awake, creative, resilient, and ready to play—even (especially) when life doesn’t go according to plan.

 

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Contents

Foreword by Susan E Isaacs
SAY
Accept What We Cant Change
Say No to Say
SAY
Listen for Gods
Use And to Create Possibilities
TRAIN YOUR VISION
Take One Small Step
Plan Right
Make Peace with Not Enough
LIVE MORE DEEPLY
Wrestle with The Voice
Refuse to Hoard
Reframe Loss and Failure
Embrace Ambiguity

Pay Attention
See Defeats Differently
FIND YOUR TROUPE
Play Well with Others
Be a Pirate a Robot or a Ninja
Serve One Another
FIND THE RIGHT STRUCTURE
Get Lean
GO OFFPLAN
Meet the Mystery
Crack the Code
Fight Back with Beauty
Exercises for Individuals and Groups
Notes Acknowledgments
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About the author (2018)

MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, speaker, pastor, and the author of Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family's Experiment with Holy Time. An avid student and champion of improvisational theater, she prides herself on her ability to get even stodgy groups playing together and reflecting on life as improv.

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