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From IVPress: Creative Practices for Delighting in God

I would like to introduce you to The Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in God by Christine Aroney-Sine.

Below you’ll find the reason Christine decided to write this beautiful book.

 

Can you imagine a God who dances with shouts of joy, laughs when you laugh, loves to play, enjoys life, and invites us to join the fun? I couldn’t until recently. I grew up with a serious, workaholic type of God who chastised me for not keeping busy. I couldn’t be bothered with frivolous practices where play and laughter disrupted my routines. Gasping in awe and wonder at an opening blossom or a slow-moving caterpillar seemed like a waste of time.

 

Then one day I was transfixed by Jesus’ statement “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14 ESV). “What are the childlike characteristics that make us fit for the kingdom of God?” I wondered. I asked my Facebook friends and was surprised at the response: playfulness, curiosity, imagination, awe and wonder and many more qualities were suggested.

 

Do we take our faith too seriously?

 

Have we dismissed the child within us and lost the joy of life and the delight in God that emerges when we play and laugh and marvel at the world around us?

 

It was grappling with these questions that led to the writing of this book.

 

Krista Clayton

Senior Publicist, InterVarsity Press

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