A to Z Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Francis A Schaeffer

I is for Imagination

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.

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The Christian should be the person who is alive, whose imagination absolutely boils, which moves, which produces something a bit different from God’s world because God made us to be creative.

Francis A. Schaeffer

Isn’t this quote a stunner?

I am reminded of the line from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle: “Come further up, come further in!” For here is a clarion call not just to tolerate the imagination, but to truly engage it.

Even to make something like Newton the bear, who is blue and stuffed and adorable.
 

Photo: Col Ford and Natasha de Vere (Creative Commons Flickr). Image is link.

11 thoughts on “I is for Imagination

    1. The imagination empowers not only creativity, but also empathy. Through imagination I can picture (if I take the trouble) what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

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  1. Unfortunately within the Body there is a very narrow perception of what is acceptable imagination wise. And it seems to be constricting hourly. The people who should be the most imaginative can be the least. If Lewis stood in some of our bookstores, secular or Christian, he might very well cry. And blow his nose in a bonnet.

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  2. What you say is all too true.

    This is why I almost cheered aloud when I discovered today’s Schaeffer quotation. A reminder that I am accountable to God for what I write, not to other people.

    Lewis would find few bookstores in my part of town to browse through. We used to have a small one at church (staffed on Sundays by volunteers), but that has closed.

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  3. Huzzah! Malcolm Guite spoke about the failure of art in our culture when he was here a few weeks ago. He said that investigation is the natural organ of truth but imagination is the natural organ of meaning. Art fails, he said, when it doesn’t connect truth and meaning. It applies to both the sacred and the secular, I think.

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  4. Art fails, he said, when it doesn’t connect truth and meaning.

    Beautifully said. Great art–and great writing–is honest.

    My stories are entertaining and fun–what one might call a Beach Read–but at the same time I want them to be true to how life works.

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  5. Hello! So nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve read back through all of your A to Z entires. What wonderful quotations! What marvelous pictures! Truly, I have found fresh inspiration here.

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    1. Lillian, thanks for visiting my blog. I had time to read only your film review for today. Talk about hysterical! Wit and snark is just what I needed after a week of teaching. I will be back, oh yes, to read more.

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  6. Our festival at school this year is entitled “Beyond Imagination.” I’m teaching the entire school the song “Pure Imagination” with choreography. It’s wonderful to see 108 children’s faces lit with wonder. They inspire me every day, because nothing is beyond their reach in their minds.

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  7. Laura,
    My DAD had imagination! He could envision a beat up old non-running antique as a completed, something not done before … and take it and stretch it out with panels and make it a limo. He had a 1925 Model_T Ford he did that with. Just loved how he carried his ideas to fruition. He had one car he called the something Safari. I think he named that after I returned from Safari in Kenya. I was smitten. Big brown beast of a limo. I loved my dad’s imagination. He didn’t say much because he was always imagining his next project and you would see it forming day after day until one day you got to ride in it! He had a antique limo business! Oh what a smile your post gave me!
    Thank you,
    Amy

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