Adorning the Dark

Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making
Narrated by: Andrew Peterson
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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Making something beautiful in a broken world can be harrowing work, and it can’t be done alone.

Over the last 20 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 firsthand 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
  • Selectivity
  • Discernment
  • Discipline
  • 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.

©2019 B&H Publishing Group (P)2019 B&H Publishing Group

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Adorning The Dark pays off right from the 1st page

There is so much real life information that is related to the experience of creating. The book was both inspiring and helpful to realize that great creators like Andrew Peterson struggle with the same things many of us do also. He provides the ingredients to help, understand, and punch through to finalize the creative process.

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Read This

If you wish to do anything to shine the Light that’s been bestowed upon you, read this book and then share it!

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Humble Wisdom

Andrews thoughts about songwriting and creative work for the Kingdom are full of humble wisdom. It's also a special pleasure hearing his warm, friendly voice reading his own words with all the inflection and laughter you would feel from the words on the page. Icing on the cake is having several songs sung as well.

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Loved this book!

Wow, this flew because I couldn't put it down. It reflects the writers own wisdom by having the trifecta of honesty, truth and beauty. The book is both wise and accessible. I look forward to exploring more of Andrew Peterson's work.

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True. Honest. Beautiful.

This is one of the best works regarding Creativity & Faith that I have ever encountered. Andrew Peterson speaks with a wealth of insight born of a life spent walking the creative walk rather than hollow theory. If you are looking for a practical and faithful guide to creativity from the perspective of a Christian artist, you can hardly go wrong with this!

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What a Joy!

Andrew Peterson resonates deep in my soul. I am SO BLESSED to read his words and to listen to his music. Such raw honesty and transparency. I am filled with joy having experienced this book in both print & audio form.

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An invitation

I'm not an artist, but this book extended an invitation to appreciate and enjoy art, to create, to flourish in community, and to keep pressing on toward the coming Kingdom to the glory of Christ. Peterson excellently balances personal narrative, practical advice, and theological, philosophical purposes. It's the sort of book that beakons the reader to a better, more international way if living without making the quest for such a life seem too lofty or out of touch with reality. I've long loved Andrew's music, and this book made my appreciation even greater.

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Great read for all

Whether you’re a writer, songwriter or a creative at heart you’ll love this book. Peterson brings his genuine natural persona to us, and shared life lessons anyone can learn from!

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Positive, humble and helpful

I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to give this book a try. Honestly I was not at all familiar with the author’s work. The whole book is so sincere and loving, it is like a breath of fresh air in a world of vapid televangelists and mass produced media. Thank you, Andrew!

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Good Philosophy, Dull Autobiography

At 5 hours, it was easy to finish, but I was left unsatisfied. I was hoping for a modern Ethics of Elfland and while Peterson's theology and philosophical musings are usually clever, the majority of his book is autobiography, opinion, and anecdote, that were never very interesting.

It was ironic how many times he said that he wanted to avoid being self-indulgent, when I felt he was indeed being self-indulgent for most of the book.