A New Free Ebook! 7 HARD Questions for Every Artist

7HardQuestionsforEveryArtist-joLast year I wrote a blog post titled, “7 HARD Questions for Every Artist.” The post was designed to help all of us cultivate a more beautiful life. I don’t know about you, but the EASY questions never do much for me. Easy questions keep me in my comfort zones, never pushing or prodding me forward. Easy questions don’t lead to the thriving life I long for…

Since then, this 7 Questions post has become one of my most popular posts, so I decided to turn it into a short ebook as a tool to help artists, creative teams, worship teams and leaders of art retreats. Even if you’re not an artist, I think you will find it helpful. This free PDF workbook has fillable form fields to write your responses to each question. Or you can just print it off to take to your favorite park or lake.

After editing the 7 Questions and adding a bit more content, I hope this ebook helps you cultivate a more beautiful life. If you like it, feel free to share it with your friends. I’m making it available as one of many free resources we provide through The Grove Center for the Arts & Media.

Take some time alone with God or a few friends to talk through these 7 Questions. I’d love to hear what you learn and discover along the way.

Answering these questions my seriously improve the quality of your art and life!

Click here to get your free copy of 7 HARD Questions for Every Artist.

Question: What did you discover as you answered the 7 Questions?

I’d love to hear what you’re learning!

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The Challenge of Staying Spiritually Awake


One of the greatest challenges facing followers of Christ today is the challenge of staying spiritually awake. I believe it is the core component to cultivating a beautiful life in Christ. Personally, when I strip away all the layers, conflicts and issues I face, staying spiritually awake–yes, alive and aware to the living, loving presence of God–this is the great challenge to my spiritual life in Christ. I recently wrote about my new favorite book, An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling. In his remarkable first book, Alan quotes from another favorite author of mine, Richard Rohr from The Naked Now. This section about staying spiritually awake I found particularly helpful. I hope you find the following thoughts encouraging as well…

All is Gift

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays because, unlike Christmas, I receive no gifts. Thanksgiving is all about being. Being grateful. Being with family and friends. Being around a table. Just being. Thanksgiving gives you and I the opportunity to consider and be grateful for all the gifts we’ve already received. So, I took some time to think about what I’m grateful for and these thoughts bubbled to the surface. I hope they encourage you in some way today…

When You Can’t See Ahead

I’ve taken a break from blogging for the past several weeks as I have been focused on a film production and other writing projects. Jumping back in, I’d like to offer you this beautiful prayer from Thomas Merton, one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 20th. century (and one of my favorite writers). I hope you’ll be encouraged and share it with someone in need.

Practicing the Presence of God

[dc]I[/dc] don’t know about you, but when it comes to walking with God, I need a lot of practice. One of the best books that helps me do this is a 400 year old book called The Practice of the Presence of God by an amazing old monk named Brother Lawrence. If you want simple and clear spiritual direction on the spiritual life, Brother Lawrence’s words are filled with wisdom and insight. As a cook in a monastery, he learned to practice the loving presence of God chopping carrots and making stew. Here’s a taste of what he’s serving…

Dallas Willard on the Spiritual Transformation Process

What is your favorite book on the spiritual transformation process? Sorry, you can’t say the Bible. That’s a given. (Written by God with the help of a few mere mortals.) The very best book I’ve read that has had the greatest impact on my spiritual life, without a doubt, is Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice by Dallas Willard & Jan Johnson. This companion workbook accompanies Dallas Willard’s bestselling Renovation of the Heart, but what makes this workbook so wonderful…

Fear Not in 2011

Seaglass found on the beach in San Clemente. January 1, 2011

Today is January 1, 2011 and I just got back from a wonderful walk along the beach in San Clemente with my wife and 3 of my four children. The tide was low, excellent for finding these little gems of sea glass. Worn and battered and softened by the raging California rainstorms of the past couple weeks, sea glass has always been a perfect metaphor for God’s work in my life. Even those worthless things discarded and now deemed useless are jewels in the eye of the Beholder.