About the Book
Making something beautiful in a broken world can be harrowing work, and it can’t be done alone.
Over the last twenty years, Andrew Peterson has performed thousands of concerts, published four novels, released ten albums, taught college and seminary classes on writing, founded a nonprofit ministry for Christians in the arts, and executive-produced a film—all in a belief that God calls us to proclaim the gospel and the coming kingdom using whatever gifts are at our disposal. He’s stumbled along the way, made mistake after mistake, and yet has continually encountered the grace of God through an encouraging family, a Christ-centered community of artists in the church, and the power of truth, beauty, and goodness in Scripture and the arts.
While there are many books about writing, none deal first-hand with the intersection of songwriting, storytelling, and vocation, along with nuts-and-bolts exploration of the great mystery of creativity. In Adorning the Dark, Andrew describes six principles for the writing life:
- serving the work
- serving the audience
- and community
Through stories from his own journey, Andrew shows how these principles are not merely helpful for writers and artists, but for anyone interested in imitating the way the Creator interacts with his creation.
This book is both a memoir of Andrew’s journey and a handbook for artists, written in the hope that his story will provide encouragement to others stumbling along in pursuit of a calling to adorn the dark with the light of Christ.
Hey, folks. If you’re just discovering me or any of my work, it can be a little confusing because there are several facets to it. Here’s the rundown:
* I write songs. I also record them to these cool things called CDs and put on concerts around the country. (And beyond! To my great delight, I get to play in Europe every year or so.)
* I write books. I’ve just completed a four-book fantasy series for young readers called the Wingfeather Saga. I also drew some of the pictures (but not the awesome ones). (WingfeatherSaga.com)
* I’m the proprietor of the Rabbit Room, a community of songwriters, authors, and artists interested in storytelling, faith, and fellowship. We have a yearly conference called Hutchmoot, which is as strange and wonderful as it sounds. (RabbitRoom.com)
* I’ve been married for twenty-four years to Jamie, and we have three sweet children: Aedan (20), Asher (19), and Skye (16). We live in a magical place we call the Warren, just south of Nashville.
The common thread in all this is my love for Christ and his Kingdom, my belief in the power of story and art, and my need for family and community. If I had to boil it all down, I’d say this: I want to use my gifts to tell the truth, and to tell it as beautifully as I can.
That ought to get you started. For a more in-depth look at what I do, visit Andrew-Peterson.com. Thanks!
What a delicious book! It’s written by a songwriter, but so much of what he shares is apropos for writers, poets, artists of any kind. Andrew Peterson talks about “sehnsucht,” which C. S. Lewis described as “inconsolable longing.” The ache for the coming Kingdom.
I hadn’t been able to put my finger on what in something poetic gives me such a lump in my throat, yes, a longing. Peterson says he was “born homesick,” that we experience a spiritual homesickness or a persistent longing.
I’m reading Adorning the Dark now, having read another review. Thanks for yours! -C.D.
A wonderful change of pace – a man with some fantasy still in his heart. A perfect combination for a children’s author!
An interesting-sounding book.
Interesting! I will have to take a look. I always have enjoyed CS Lewis!
This is a lovely review! Thank you for sharing. I hope your holidays are happy ones, Joy!
Thank you, Luanne. I wish you the same!
Spiritual homesickness, yes, I know what you mean. Andrew’s book (and life’s work) sounds very inspirational.
This book was a compelling surprise!
Thank you. A quote that really stood out to me was:
“…think about the creative act as a kind of worship, as a way to be human.”
This really has helped me to start writing again.
Reframing our thoughts really helps, doesn’t it?