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God, Improv, and the Art of Living
HARDCOVER; Published: 5/8/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7464-1
Price: $ 21.99
230 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5

“We’re all improvisers,” says MaryAnn McKibben Dana, whether we realize it or not. 

In this book McKibben Dana blends personal stories, pop culture, and Scripture into a smart, funny, down-to-earth guide to the art of living. Offering concrete spiritual wisdom through seven improv principles, she helps readers become more awake, creative, resilient, and ready to play—even (especially) when life doesn’t go according to plan.

Ken Evers-Hood
— author of The Irrational Jesus: Leading the Fully Human Church
“Life happens. Living well means improvising, which is a craft that can be practiced and honed. In MaryAnn McKibben Dana we have the gift of an honest, playful, and deeply wise guide. In this book you will find practical insight drawn from the world of improv, tested in the crucible of pastoral ministry, and engagingly told in story after story.”
Sarah Little
— filmmaker, comedian with The Second City
“This spiritual guide explores a world of universe-expanding possibility through the simple act of uttering the word yes.”
Bruce Reyes-Chow
— coauthor of Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children
“McKibben Dana artfully, tenderly, and prophetically challenges us all to embrace the idea that it is precisely by experiencing and sharing vulnerability and a lack of control with others that we meet God. Her God, Improv, and the Art of Living is a gift for those who dare to step into this holy improv space and risk the possibilities.”
Allison Gilmore
— CEO of DuMore Improv
“Like me, MaryAnn has discovered the intersection of improvisation and the divine—and she shares it beautifully in her writing!”
Jessica Tate
— director of NEXT Church
“Insightful and truthful. . . . Offers a fresh perspective on the profound freedom and gift of saying YES to life and God.”
Elizabeth Hagan
— author of Birthed: Finding Grace through Infertility
“Are you at a place in life where you feel stuck? If so, this wise and humorous book by MaryAnn McKibben Dana is exactly what you’ve been searching for! I’ll be recommending God, Improv, and the Art of Living to every person in my life who finds themself in an unexpected transition—and isn’t that all of us at some point?”
St. Anthony Messenger
"Using Scripture and personal experiences, [McKibben Dana] offers a well-written, approachable, and creative reflection that will provide you with tools as you improvise through your own daily challenges."