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A Writer’s Thoughts on Creation

Centuries ago, sound theology and good fiction were friends and not strangers.

Decades ago, authors strove not for self-expression and self-disclosure but for a mastery of craft and language and books that transformed the reader with wisdom and love.

In more recent years, the old ideals have been exchanged for lesser ones.

Writing manuals tend to focus on mechanics, point of view, and plot, but few address the more important matters of meaning, depth, and heart. It is the latter qualities, however, that make a book a blessing and gift to both writer and reader. Like Christ’s invitation to follow, they demand a risk and sacrifice of the self and all it holds dear.

Writers from George MacDonald to James Baldwin understood this, but in recent years this understanding has been lost.

Break, Blow, Burn, & Make returns the literary conversation to the practices of co-creation with God. Part bugle call, part compass for writing and for life, and part love song to the books that set us on fire, it offers those who are willing to receive it the courage to live, read, and write more deeply and honestly.

In Break, Blow, Burn, & Make, award-winning author E. Lily Yu delivers an inspirational, surprising guide to creation and creativity, and how both bring us closer to God.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
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