Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian
By Bret Lott
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About Letters and Life
All serious writers know that each word they write reveals something significant about their beliefs, something about their reason for creating, something about the one for whom they write. After all, writing lays bare the soul.
Yet the work of a Christian artist is often pressured to fit into a popular mold, oftentimes forgoing quality for the sake of convenience or acceptance, or even simply because of a lack of the bravery necessary to look the world square in the eye, and to do so with the unflinching eye of Christ.
In this series of intimate reflections on life and writing, critically acclaimed and best-selling novelist Bret Lott calls authors to pursue excellence in their craft through five fascinating essays and an extended memoir that explore everything from the importance of literary fiction to the pain of personal loss.
Learn here what it means to be a writer who navigates the tension inherent to being a Christian in the public square—and to being an artist made in the image of God.
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
—Gregory Wolfe, editor, Image; author, Beauty Will Save the World
—Dana Gioia, poet; former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
—Makoto Fujimura, Founder, International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute; artist; author
Table of Contents
Part 1: Letters
1. Why Have We Given Up the Ghost?: Notes on Reclaiming Literary Fiction
2. The Artist and the City, or, Some Random Thoughts on Why We Are Here
3. On Precision
4. Writing with So Great a Cloud of Witness
5. Humble Flannery
Part 2: Life
6. At Some Point in the Future, What Has Not Happened Will Be in the Past
|Size:||5.5 in x 8.5 in|
|Published:||June 30, 2013|