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.