Resources for a more peaceful and creative soul

Published: October 5, 2016

Since we made our “CurlyRed -new-adventure” announcement, many of you have asked us what informed our decision and helped us make such a major life change. Today marks our 40th day here, which has a spiritual weight to it—40 days is usually symbolic of a long season. And while it hasn't felt so long, it has been an incredible 40 days.

In addition to the wise council of my dear friends and family, there have been several books, albums and a podcast that have helped shape the way we think about work, rest, creativity, and meaning. So if you'd like to learn more, here are a few wonderful resources for you:

On Creativity:

"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book explores the art of capturing that "magic" that happens when one creates. Fascinating.

"A Moon Shaped Pool" by Radiohead.

Every time Radiohead releases a new album, the creativity flows from their instruments to our souls. Such beautiful, powerful, interesting music.

"The Best Yes" by Lysa TerKeurst. Understanding the power of the words "yes" and "no" can change everything. The book is about reclaiming life through the choices we make with our time and energy.

"Present over Perfect" by

Shauna Niequist. This book speaks about how "living is real over image, connecting over comparing, meaning over mania, depth over artifice. Present over perfect living is the risky and revolutionary belief that the world God has created is beautiful and valuable on its own terms, and that it doesn’t need to be huzzed up and fancy in order to be wonderful."

On God:

"Poets Saints" by All Sons and Daughters. This album was released just after we moved. What a comfort it has been, and so much truth delivered in such lovely music.

"The Robcast" by Rob Bell. Rob is a long-time favorite of

ours, and his "How to Be Here" tour this summer was incredible. But the current "Wisdom" series he's doing now is some of his all-time best work. Highly recommended.

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