One passage, two verses, four words.
As a writer and an adjunct professor of psychology, Amy Hollingsworth is on her way to becoming an “expert” on creativity. But just days before delivering her first professional seminar on the topic, she has an unsettling dream. The dream awakens her to the fact that she has missed a crucial element in understanding what true creativity is. Trying to unravel the dream, she soon discovers its contents reflected in a single passage of ancient literature. In this passage she sees for the first time creativity’s core, its spiritual roots, and as its meaning unfolds through months of spiritual reflection and study, it confirms the very scientific theories she’s been teaching all along. In fact, she discovers the underpinnings of the whole body of creativity research tucked into four small words penned centuries ago, kernels of truth that explode with a new depth of meaning. As she digs deeper, she uncovers for the reader God’s blueprint for cultivating the creative spirit in everyday life, through a practical outworking of her spiritual findings. In the end, both writer and reader come away with a new understanding of their own creative abilities–and a profound sense of what’s truly holy about holy curiosity.
This review of Holy Curiosity is unique for two reasons. One is that I actually bought the book. I don’t buy books. More importantly, I bought this book new, not used. When I do purchase books, I always go used, because it’s cheaper. The second is that I have known Amy for several years through an online homeschool group. I’ve become acquainted with a couple of authors after they asked me to review a book for them, but I’ve never reviewed a book when I already had a friendship with the author. Amy didn’t ask me to review this book and I would probably have politely refused if she had. What if I didn’t like it? How do you write a negative review for a book a friend wrote? I was not going there. Turns out I didn’t have to. I loved this book.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein
Amy defines creativity this way: “For creativity to happen, something within you must be brought to life in something outside of you.” Curiosity leads to creativity and both come from God. In Holy Curiosity, we learn the three elements that are necessary for creativity. (No, I’m not going to tell you. You have to read the book.)
Every human is creative, and there is more to creativity than just painting and music. I love how Amy says, “It’s not how creative are you, but how you are creative.” The best way to discover how you are creative is to ask family and friends what your talents are or to think back to the things you enjoyed as a child before your curiosity and creativity were crushed by unthinking adults. I loved to write. Had I not recently started writing again (at this point, my writing is in the form of blogging) recently, this book would have inspired me to do so. I have been writing more lately, though, so this merely reinforced my conviction that this is what I should be doing.
An alternative (though not the recommended) way to find your creative strengths is to take the Multiple Intelligences Quiz. The Multiple Intelligence Types are Linguistic, Musical, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Naturalist. Amy talks more about this in her book.
Understanding the unique way you are creative is important because we need to express that talent to the best of our ability to honor God. In this encouraging (and sometimes humorous) book, Amy shows us how to bring out the best in ourselves in order to glorify God.
About the book:
Title: Holy Curiosity: Culitvating the Creative Spirit in Everyday Life
Author: Amy Hollingsworth
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release date: July 1, 2011
Where I got the book: I bought the Kindle version