Drinking from the Wells of New Creation
The Holy Spirit and the Imagination in Reconciliation
Imprint: Cascade Books
"I highly recommend Kerry Dearborn's book, which explores how vital our imagination and creativity can be in our relationship with the Holy Spirit and how it can bring reconciliation to the life of the believer and the church--make sure you read it now!"
--Theresa Dedmon, pastor of Bethel Church and author of Born to Create
"Dearborn provides us with the gift of deep insight into the heart of God and the ways of the Spirit to open our eyes, our hearts, our homes, and our lives to God and others. Through profound theological reflection interwoven with compelling stories, this book draws us into God's healing love and new creation. I pray God uses this great book to release the vision of Amos to which I've dedicated my life."
--John Perkins, author of Let Justice Roll Down
"Kerry Dearborn helps us see more fully the role of the Holy Spirit and--very relatedly--the crucial importance of imagination."
--Howard A. Snyder, author of Salvation Means Creation Healed
"It is through the imagination that God's Spirit carries creativity, hope, and love into our hearts 'past the intellectual and psychological constructs that can isolate us from God and others.' This is a refreshing and renewing book that contributes important insights for all of us who long for the wonder of reconciled life with beloved brothers and sisters of every tribe, tongue, and nation."
--Christine Sine, author of Return to Our Senses
"Standing within a long strand of Christian spirituality, [Dearborn] offers important balance to the voices earnestly commending efforts at reconciliation, shifting attention to the renewing presence of the Holy Spirit that evokes and sustains authentic human effort, in part by purifying and enlivening our imagination."
--Randy L. Maddox, author of Responsible Grace
"This book deserves a wide and favorable hearing by all those interested in the ways the gospel, qua gospel, can make a lasting and genuine difference in our world today."
--Daniel Castelo, author of Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics
"For many years, Kerry Dearborn has been at the forefront of thinking theologically about the imagination and thinking imaginatively about theology. Here she invites us to move into territory sorely in need of just this kind of thinking. Gracious, lucid, and hospitable, Drinking from the Wells of New Creation opens up fresh vistas for envisaging reconciliation in our time."
--Jeremy Begbie, Duke University, Durham, NC
"The nexus of the argument here is the way in which 'imagination' is a defining practice of the Spirit, the capacity to receive, visualize, invest in, and enact a world other than the one we take for granted. Dearborn gives substance and passion to our ancient prayer, 'Come, Holy Spirit.'"
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
"Here, Kerry Dearborn forges an integral link with reconciliation and Spirit and thereby sets forth a bold and robust interpretation of the works of the 'Public Spirit.' The whole diversity and breadth of ecumenical resources and insights is utilized in this fine piece of constructive theology."
--Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Fuller Theological Seminary, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland