I'm happy to share Jennifer Phillips' thoughts about reading, writing, creativity, and grace. Jennifer is the co-author of Unhitching from the Crazy Train, a book you should read if you want to know what it means to rest in God's goodness.
1. What's something you've read recently that has stayed with you?
My friend Chris Davis wrote an article called “Until What Affects Them Affects You,” a brilliant commentary on racial divides from his perspective as a white father of black children. I loved it so much I published it on my blog. I think about it all the time.
2. What's one of your favorite writing prompts?
My own life. Is that narcissistic? Ha! I love taking something seemingly small and insignificant about my day and finding the deeper meaning in it. I love pulling out a lesson that translates universally. I also love writing about ridiculous, funny things that happen to me – self-deprecating humor is my favorite.
3. Why do you think it's important for us to nurture our creativity?
Creativity is a reflection of God’s image. God created us to create – whether that’s through words, a paintbrush, a hammer, a classroom, etc. When we nurture our creativity, we reflect His beauty while adding beauty to the world.
4. Where have you noticed grace recently?
In my five year old. Because she lives in a house full of teens and preteens and two tired parents, she sees a lot of mess. She’s so quick to forgive, so quick to offer a sweet, kind word or a hug, even when those around her are at their worst.
5. What are your thoughts on any connections you notice between reading, writing, creativity, and/or grace?
My love of reading is my greatest writing tool. I’ve always been fascinated by stories – especially people’s own stories. When I was a kid, my favorite books were biographies. I would read one after another, absorbing nuances of humanity, heartache, heroism, and brokenness – although I wouldn’t have described it that way when I was eight. Reading stories over and over has made me a storyteller. The more I read, the better a writer I am.
Jennifer Phillips is the co-author of the recently released book, Unhitching From the Crazy Train: Finding Rest in a World You Can't Control, as well as the author of Bringing Lucy Home and 30 Days of Hope for Adoptive Parents. She is a wife and mother of four, including one precious Chinese daughter. She and her husband Brian have served in Australia with University Impact, a franchise of Campus Outreach but now call Birmingham, Alabama home. For more information, visit her blog at jenniferphillipsblog.com.