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Making something beautiful in a broken world can be harrowing work, and it can’t be done alone.

Over the last 20 years, Andrew Peterson has performed thousands of concerts, published four novels, released ten albums, taught college and seminary classes on writing, founded a nonprofit ministry for Christians in the arts, and executive-produced a film - all in a belief that God calls us to proclaim the gospel and the coming kingdom using whatever gifts are at our disposal. He’s stumbled along the way, made mistake after mistake, and yet has continually encountered the grace of God through an encouraging family, a Christ-centered community of artists in the church, and the power of truth, beauty, and goodness in Scripture and the arts.

While there are many books about writing, none deal firsthand with the intersection of songwriting, storytelling, and vocation, along with nuts-and-bolts exploration of the great mystery of creativity. In Adorning the Dark, Andrew describes six principles for the writing life:

  • Serving the work
  • Serving the audience
  • Selectivity
  • Discernment
  • Discipline
  • Community

Through stories from his own journey, Andrew shows how these principles are not merely helpful for writers and artists but for anyone interested in imitating the way the Creator interacts with his creation.

This book is both a memoir of Andrew’s journey and a handbook for artists, written in the hope that his story will provide encouragement to others stumbling along in pursuit of a calling to adorn the dark with the light of Christ.

©2019 B&H Publishing Group (P)2019 B&H Publishing Group

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Creative beauty!

This book has resonated with me on a deep level. In a short book, Peterson has managed to articulate something so beautiful and profound. I’ve read a lot on creativity, both Christian and not, and this has uniquely bridged the gap between fantasy and the beauty of what God’s doing in our world. I finished it a few days ago and I’m still thinking about it almost constantly! Thank you for this book!

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Excellent thought provoking book, well narrated

I had already read the book in paperback but wanted something to listen to while working from home. I'd tried other audiobooks and most of them the narration is so wooden that I find them very difficult to listen to. It was great to listen to this narrated by the author, read in a natural way - and as a bonus where songs are quoted in the book, on this they are sung. As for the content, it is really challenging and inspiring for any Christian involved in any sort of creative work - professionally, as a hobby, as a friend of someone. It is not an academic text: he writes as a storyteller - telling stories and painting pictures with his words. Primarily he is speaking from his experience and the lessons he has learnt. The challenge is then how to apply some of the lessons he has learnt in his career as a singer/songwriter/author/etc. and apply them in our own different lives.

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a wonderful wayside Inn

Lovely narration of a moving and soul-enriching book. So valuable for artists who love Jesus and who are putting together the pieces of themselves and their work, whether for the first time, mid-work or as an encouragement to pick up the pen (or brush etc) again. A cracking listen.

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  • Matthew Wang
  • 06-01-20

Humble Wisdom

Andrews thoughts about songwriting and creative work for the Kingdom are full of humble wisdom. It's also a special pleasure hearing his warm, friendly voice reading his own words with all the inflection and laughter you would feel from the words on the page. Icing on the cake is having several songs sung as well.

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  • Marshall Coleman
  • 12-01-20

Read This

If you wish to do anything to shine the Light that’s been bestowed upon you, read this book and then share it!

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  • David Helmer
  • 11-12-19

Adorning The Dark pays off right from the 1st page

There is so much real life information that is related to the experience of creating. The book was both inspiring and helpful to realize that great creators like Andrew Peterson struggle with the same things many of us do also. He provides the ingredients to help, understand, and punch through to finalize the creative process.

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  • Nancy
  • 09-07-20

Encouragement for the creative in all of us

I loved listening to this book. The clips of mentioned music were a welcome gift.

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  • Jeslyn
  • 07-05-20

oh, just splendid

I found a kindered spirit in this book, he said so many things about art and life that I could never quite find the words for. His genuine temperament and love for God are what make this book an absolute treasure.

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  • D. Bassett
  • 07-01-21

Random but rich

I love the insights. Peterson does a good job lifting the veil on the creative process. He also inspires with his stories and faith, imperfect as he admits to my relief. Need to get back to actually writing Thanks Andrew!

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  • Michael McCalebb
  • 13-12-20

A beautifully written book

Beautifully written and a joy to listen to. I’m so glad I opted for the audio version of this book! Read by the author with some music in between, it was like sitting in a cozy living room, fire blazing, while he shared personal stories and wisdom. I so recommend it!

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  • Christina
  • 28-11-20

Gorgeous, comforting and hopeful

I read this book in the middle of a move and the author’s descriptions of settling on to his home (The Warren) were timely and gorgeous. This book ministered to my soul and it will point you to The Father as well as let you get to know more about Mr Petersen’s personal journey. It was like having coffee with a new friend and overstaying my welcome because I’d gotten so comfortable. I did t want it to end.

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  • Kimberly Byrd
  • 07-10-20

Once will not be enough for this book!

I have this book both in print and on Audible. Listening to Peterson narrate his own work is such a treat. I am sure I will listen many more times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-20

Absolutely beautiful

Absolutely beautiful piece of literature on literature and music Absolutely beautiful piece of literature on literature and music