Thursday, June 25, 2009

Reviews & Interviews

Just for summer fun, here are some links to online stuff about The God-Hungry Imagination (it's amazing what one finds on the internet when one no longer is deep in the depths of one's master's thesis!):
  • Check out this great review posted by Kris Norris on the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's blog. Now if only someone would write something like this on Amazon!
  • Frank Rogers of Claremont School of Theology quotes the book in his article "Learning and Living the Story: Religious Literacy for Youth through Narrative Imagination," published in Practical Matters Journal, Issue 1. Apparently I am representative of the "religious literacy" approach to narrative pedagogy for youth ministry (who knew?). The article is adapted from his forthcoming book Finding God in the Graffiti: Narrative Pedagogy with Young People.
  • Listen to the podcast of my interview with the Upper Room's George Donigan (scroll down the archives page till you reach "Sarah Arthur on Holy Dreaming"). It's over 30 min., so take in what you will.
  • Selected quotes on storytelling are posted on the blog of one Kevin Stilley (sounds like he's reading some great stuff).
  • And winning the prize for Most Random GHI Reference, check out this promo video on YouTube (!).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer Reading

You would think that now that I'm finished with graduate school I wouldn't want to see another book again for a long time, perhaps decades. But no, I'm a geek. Immediately upon turning in my thesis I wolfed down the first five novels in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith. Then, upon arriving in our new digs in southeast Lansing, MI (Holt, to be precise), I attempted to establish a normal morning routine by reading a chapter per day from A Syllable of Water: Twenty Writers of Faith Reflect on Their Art, edited by Emilie Griffin. It has been fabulous. Whenever the hot air balloon of locational vertigo threatens to displace me, each chapter is another sandbag added to the basket—especially John Leax’s “Within Infinite Purposes: On Writing and Place.”

" is story that reveals the meaningful relationships in the square of human habitation and discourse" (16).

"We might think of [our geographical] center as home. We might also think of it as the place where we are known" (17).

"One cannot long disrespect one's neighbors and continue to live in the neighborhood" (18).

"To be placeless is to be silenced" (21).

The book reminds me why I am a writer. Many thanks to the folks at Paraclete Press for such a gem.