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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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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.
I was taken by surprise by how much of a spiritual book this is. I expected how-tos and exercises on being more open-minded and more creative, but instead I received a theological basis for our creativity, which appeals to me as a practicing Catholic but may not be welcomed by someone who is neither Christian nor inclined to think in spiritual terms about their own life.
In that light, this book is inaccurately named. I would instead title it something like "God-Given: Be Creative as a Co-Creator with Jesus."
The core of Wilson's book is that we are meant to be co-creators with God, and that means that creativity is at the center of who we are as humans. Wilson spends quite a bit of the book discussing how passages from the Bible relate to creativity, and arguing that a loss of creativity is demonic in nature. While I found a surprising encouragement here, and have come to see some of my sense of discontentment with the lack of creativity in my work as having a spiritual underpinning, I don't yet feel more creative though I do feel less afraid of it and more ready to embrace the creative part of me.
I do like the way that Wilson describes creativity as living within four parts of a person - the heart, soul, mind and strength - and I think that this is a more universal take-away for all readers, but I don't know how well this book will resonate with non-Christians.
Four stars for a clever and unique take on creativity that appeals to me personally
Unfortunately, as much as God may be the source of creativity, using "demons" as an analogy for what steals creativity did not work for me. By trying to create a "Christian" book on creativity, the author failed to hone his ideas to the genuinely usable level (despite a list of "jump starts" to creativity in the very last section). The description of creativity is fine, but the "how to be more creative" is primarily the author's personal journal rather than overarching principles. Also, I found any kind of "literature review" lacking on actual studies on why creativity is lost and how to regain it. Just because something works for the author does not mean it will work for everyone. Finally, describing the prodigy versus the plodder of creativity was confusing...do I need to be a genius at birth or can hard work pay off in the creative arena? Was Mozart or Beethoven the better composer? Much of the "maybe this or that" failed to give clear direction on increasing creativity.
Unless you are willing to relocate and scrap what you are doing now, this book will probably not have the advice you need to be more creative where you are rather than radically creative somewhere else.