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My Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Passion for Writing #WorldBipolarDay

By on Mar 30, 2017 in Noah's Archives | 0 comments

Having bipolar disorder can seem like a blessing and a curse. It can play havoc on your moods, energy, and relationships but it also provides tons of creative energy. In my case, I direct that energy into writing. And, increasingly, I find myself expanding into expressing my creativity through drawing and artwork. I’m the author of 24 books. The writing process involves both left and right brain tasks. This is convenient since depression puts me in a logical, left-brained state of mind for long periods and mania puts me in an energetic, creative, right-brained state of mind for long periods. The creative right brain comes up with ideas—too many for me to ever complete. It generates the major concepts, figures out how they relate, and gets the first draft on paper in short order. The logical left brain is the inner editor, constantly critiquing and evaluating so when I am depressed...

Discover the “I AM” Statements of Jesus

By on Mar 10, 2017 in Noah's Archives | 0 comments

I am experimenting with a new, casual style of Bible guide. I have a prototype for you to download. The content is basic because I was more interested in playing with a new style. I like the concept, in general. I’m sure I’ll fine-tune it over time. Yes, I drew the images (except for the cover). Use the arrow in the upper right corner to pop up the document. Then use the icons at the top to print or save it, if you wish. [su_document url=”http://christybower.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Discover-the-I-AM-Statements-of-Jesus.pdf”]  

Right-Brained Folks Will Love This Bible

By on Apr 28, 2016 in Art & Creativity, Book Reviews, Favorites | 0 comments

If you’ve read my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, you’ll know I devote a whole chapter to right-brained approaches to the Bible (and a whole chapter to left-brained approaches). So I’m glad to see the Christian community embracing these differences finally. There has been a growing movement of Bible journaling in which people draw, doodle, and color in their Bible. Right-brainers have always colored, or even color-coded, their Bibles. And a little bit of color makes even left-brain study methods more interesting for right-brained folks. This week, I received my Inspire NLT Bible, which I fondly refer to as “my coloring Bible.” It’s a compact size but it contains more than 400 illustrations of Bible verses to color. And look at the beautiful page edges done in butterflies and floral designs.       Every page has a wide margin, which contains either a...

Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth

By on Dec 14, 2015 in Art & Creativity, Book Reviews, Prayer & Journaling | 0 comments

Praying in Color Drawing a New Path to God Sybil MacBeth 2013 100 pages     I was immediately drawn to the title, Praying In Color. What a curious and vivid image! I had to know more because I’m an advocate for engaging God with both sides of your brain. Silent prayer can be a challenge for anyone, but even more so if you are a visual person stimulated by color and design or a kinesthetic person who needs to keep your hands busy to keep your mind focused. This is the need solved by Praying In Color. The idea is to doodle while you pray—and the doodling itself can be a wordless prayer....

Leonard Sweet (@LenSweet) on Churches Being Afraid of Right-Brained People

By on Apr 22, 2015 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

Are you a right-brained Christian who enjoys change for the sake of change and likes to experiment with new things? Or are you a left-brained Christian who wants things to stay the same forever because something new feels threatening? If you’re a right-brained Christian, are you stuck in a church that feels like itchy clothes that don’t fit? Or have you left the church in frustration because the church minimizes your talents, tells you to “conform” to the body of Christ, and makes you feel guilty for wanting something more? I can say from personal experience how challenging—almost impossible—it is for right-brained Christians to feel comfortable and accepted in churches today. I have begun writing about left and right brained approaches to the Bible and my heart is moving in this direction to help educate the church. That’s why I was excited to discover Leonard Sweet has recognized the...