A reader’s thoughts on Dancing with the Gods

Yesterday I received a note from a woman who had just read Dancing with the Gods.  Not only did she “get it,” she is exactly the type of reader I hope to reach — literate, thoughtful, creators who think and care deeply about their art.  Here is what she wrote.  She also posted her comments on Amazon, for which I am, as always, very grateful.  Perhaps the book would speak to you or someone you know. as well.

I read Dancing With The Gods at a time when crushing disappointment over my art was upon me. Lost in confusion and regret, Mr. Nerburn’s words acknowledged  my fears yet challenged them by affirming my own experience as an aspiring, hesitant creative.  

It is a book that speaks from a place of truth and also tenderness. 

“You will live in a world of uncertainty, never knowing if your creations are good enough, always fearing financial cataclysm, unsure if your dreams are more than self-delusion….But you will also live in a world of joy, with its magical moments when the act of creation lifts you and propels you with a power that seems to come from beyond yourself. …. And know the miraculous experience of having intimate conversations with people long dead and far away through your personal dialogue with their art. You will know what it is to work with love.”

Beyond words, this work redeemed my spirit as it pushed me forward, onward in my art.  I highly recommend it as a reading constant to all of us who, on a daily basis, wrestle with fear and doubt about our work and passions, yet experience subtle, genuine moments of grace and providence in our pursuits.  

Posted on: February 27, 2019knerburn

4 thoughts on “A reader’s thoughts on Dancing with the Gods

  1. I haven’t read Dancing with the Gods. I must rectify this immediately. I love all your works especially the “Dan” stories. I cried quite a few times when reading. I live in the UK and had no idea of the lives and traumas the Native American led. Still shameful in this day and age.

  2. Dear Mr Nerburn,
    The lady who wrote to you is a very dear friend of mine. She shared her comments on your book in her blog.

    I can’t tell you how thrilled and honoured she is to correspond with you, someone who has influenced and inspired her to pursue her art through your writings. Your books are not just inspiration, but are real – “and know the miraculous experience of having intimate conversations with people long dead and far away through your personal dialogue with their art.” – – I’ve seen this happen many times in her journey as a painter.

    Thank you for sharing your gift to inspire many to pursue their dreams and believe in their passion.

  3. Thank you for writing. What we all try to do is to help each other on life’s journey. Sometimes we get it right; sometimes we do it poorly. I’m so grateful to have touched someone with my words about art. As I said in the book, my artistic journey was deeply influenced by a letter I got from Norman Mailer many years ago. If Dancing with the Gods can play a part in influencing another’s journey, credit is due to Mr. Mailer, as well. Someday Stephanie will touch yet another person in the same way, and so the shared journey continues.

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