Creative reflections on various biblical themes with space for your own musings, doodles, scribbles and sketches.
The Introduction- Most days I post a short, creative, biblical thought on Facebook and Twitter; and from April to June in 2019 I posted a series on some of the great themes in the Bible. Grace, laughter, hope, work, kindness, money… you’ll find a different one at the start of each chapter here.
At the same time I had also been scribbling my way through a journal containing readings from The Message translation of the Bible.
So I wondered about bringing the two together: my thoughts on some of the great biblical themes, with space for you to add your thoughts on the same themes.
And that’s this book. 33 chances to let things out. Feel free to argue, to talk back, to agree, to wonder, to dream, to question, to fear, to doubt, to joke, to praise, to sketch, to dream, to pray, to ask the tough questions. All with your pencil/pen/nail/crayon/twig-dipped-in-tree-sap.
Some of the pages are lined, others blank. Please feel free to do with them what you will. This is a book for doodling, scribbling and drawing. Feel free to wander off the subject if you like. It’s all up to you. And may the doing of all that help you pause, think, reflect, be honest… and sense God in all of your muddling.
ABOUT – Dave Hopwood
Dave Hopwood has been performing, speaking and writing for 30 years. For 10 years he was the creative arts director at the Lee Abbey Conference Centre in North Devon. These days he spends much of his time writing and speaking, using films, stories and modern media to communicate the Bible in a friendly, accessibly style. He draws on film, TV, adverts, news, humour and the internet.
I have always loved stories with a twist, stories that take you somewhere unexpected. I blame this on seeing two movies when I was in my teens. One, a short called Incident at Owl Creek, the other a Cary Grant movie, Charade. Both were full of the unexpected.
I’ve been writing stories since I was about seven and I’ve always loved adventures. My favourite kids book is The Otterbury Incident by C. Day Lewis, a thrilling yarn full of derring do, heroes and villains. In the late 80’s I discovered Henri Charrière’s Papillion, and I love that because it’s an epic story full of lots of small stories, as Charrière details the accounts of those he met in prison, whilst plotting his escape. Favourite adult books also include The 39 Steps by John Buchan and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes. I’m also a huge Tony Parsons fan. I love My Favourite Wife and Stories We Could Tell in Particular.
I’ve always loved pop music too and Nick Hornby’s 31 Songs is a book I’ve revisited time and again, he always cheers me up and he writes with great wit and insight and makes you wish you loved those songs even if you’ve never heard them. The other book that has stayed with me is Run Baby Run by Jamie Buckingham. The tale of a New York gang member who escapes the violence of his culture when his life gets turned around. I first read it when I was about twelve and have always found it moving and stirring.I hope you enjoy my books and they take you to other worlds, as these books have for me. Thanks for reading. For a pithy thought about books you can’t do better than Groucho Marx. ‘Outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read anyway.’