Recent Reads: Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg

Wild Mind

What the book's about: Once again, the subtitle of Wild Mind - Living the Writer's Life - is an accurate description of it. The book blends stories from Natalie's life with practical advice as well as exercises to try in your own writing life. 

Why I read this book: I read this book as part of an online writing class I took this winter called Story 101, taught by Elora Rameriz.

My favorite quotes from the book:

- "Most of the time when we write, we mix up the editor and creator." 

- "Style requires digesting who we are." 

- "Writing is the act of discovery. If I knew everything ahead of time, why bother writing?"

- "The only failure in writing is when you stop doing it. Then you fail yourself." 

- "We spend a lot of time holding up the white castles of our parents or society. These have nothing to do with ourselves or with the truth. Holding them up is a great burden." 

- "Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency." 

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Thumbs up.

Who I'd recommend this book for: Anyone who wants to be a better writer. I'd recommend savoring this book, reading it a little at a time in order to allow ample time to play with the writing exercises found throughout it. 

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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