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Think Like a 5 Year Old: Reclaim Your Wonder & Create Great Things
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"Think Like a Five Year Old invites us to take a bold, surrendered risk into a more creative, fulfilling life."--Rebekah Lyons, Author, Freefall to Fly
"As a pastor and counselor, it has always burdened me to see a person stop taking risks, stop creating, stop living life to the fullest. Thank you Len for encouraging us to dream again!"--Ron Edmondson, pastor, blogger
"This remarkable book is for all of us who long to recapture the wondrous creativity we once took for granted. I highly recommend this practical and inspiring work."--Nancy Beach, author of The Hour on Sunday and Gifted to Lead
From the Author
The key to reclaiming our wonder is to become a new creation - to rediscover our creativity, as we were made in the beginning. On the last page of the book I invite the reader to dig deeper in study and application with a study guide. The goals of this free eBook (in ePub and PDF) companion are: 1) for you to develop a practical theology of creativity and 2) to walk away with the necessary next steps and to-dos for getting started on the work of creating. Go here to download the free 40-page companion Study and Application Guide for Think Like a Five Year Old: lenwilson.us/think-five-study-guide/
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I was intrigued by this book because it's written by a Christian author about creativity. I applaud what the author has set out to do -- and what he finished. But the author is a creative arts type of person, and I live in a world of convergent, analytical thinkers (and I am one of them). So, I don't know what I needed to be inspired, but the author's book just didn't really grip my analytical mind. Maybe I was looking for a checklist of creative exercises or something like that. If you consider yourself to be a very analytical thinker -- either according to some personality test or just by your own judgment -- rather than a "feeler" or "intuitive" type person, this book may not be what you need, either.
But so often in reading this book I'd reach the end of a sentence and think to myself, "What did that just actually say?" So I'd go back and read it again, paying closer attention to the meaning of each word, yet still end up feeling it was just empty blather. That sounds pretty harsh, but that was how it seemed to me. I was actually dozing off constantly while trying to read, as you probably would too if you tried reading random words with no meaning.
Some of the stories about Mark Twain etc. probably helped show what the creativity loss problem is, but did little to tell me the solution.
Thinking more about this book, I'm not sure I agree with the author's basic premise. 5-year-old kids appear to be creative because they spout out a lot of unfiltered ideas... but if those ideas are unworkable, is that even true creativity? You ask a kid, "How could we power a Mars-buggy without heavy batteries?" and he might say boil down gasoline into concentrated tablets to be reconstituted with water from melted ice on Mars. Obviously this idea overlooks numerous chemical and physical matters which would entirely prevent it ever working. So is that creativity, or just silliness? Many times I've seen kids blurring together the functions of completely different objects that just happen to have an outward similarity in appearance. They often seem to think that just because they want an object to perform a certain function, that it is going to work for their purpose. Obviously industry cannot rely on or even afford creativity of this type. In fact society cannot tolerate this type of creativity just in everyday activities such as driving a car on a busy street. So maybe there is some sense of wonder or enthusiasm that kids have which is indeed an important element of creativity, but the ability to spew out random useless pie-in-the-sky suggestions is not what we are looking for.
You do have to look for some of them and think about them. For example, one part I really like was when the author said: Don’t say “I want to be a writer”, instead say “I am a writer,” and then start writing. There is some real wisdom in this concept that “Creative people just need to create”. This could have been expanded into an entire chapter instead of the half-page it received.
I really did like the author’s ideas and concepts. The writing gets a bit repetitive at times, almost like he is talking to a 5 year old. Some stories are charming, while others may leave you scratching your head.
In the end, I think the book does accomplish what it sets out to do – get us to think more creatively and get out of our routine way of looking at life. I guess that is the most important thing you can ask from a book.