Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur respected for his insight and collaborative spirit. He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is the founder of The Justice Conference—an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to biblical justice and God’s call to give our lives away.
Ken is a consultant and creative advisor to nonprofits and a sought after speaker on justice, church and culture. A church planter and lead pastor at Antioch Church, Ken lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Tamara, and their four daughters.
Ken is the author of, Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith, and Create vs. Copy: Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through with Imagination.
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I have been described as a visionary, so I was excited about Ken Wytsma’s new book, Create VS. Copy . Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through With Imagination. The book is separated into two parts, Thinking about Creativity, and Practicing Creativity. Thinking about Creativity contains four chapters, To Create is Divine, Continuous Creativity, Redemptive Creativity, and Expanding Horizons. Practicing Creativity also contains four chapters, Recapturing our Imagination, Imagination and Innovation, Intentional Creativity, Generous Creativity.
In the introduction Ken writes, “I am interested in the effectiveness and efficiency that comes from modern leadership and sound business principles. But I am passionate about the success that comes from submitting these ideas to God’s direction, refining them with a theology of creativity, and infusing them with imagination. That’s what this book is about.” (p. 17) I would like to affirm that Ken was not critical of previous generations, but he encourages readers to integrate creativity, innovation, and imagination, in every aspect of life.
The most unique thing about this book, Ken has provided additional information related to the book on his website. The information is organized according to chapter, for easy access. The conclusion of each chapter includes questions designed for group, team, or individual reflection. Ken has proven to demonstrate creative principle, and he has surrounded himself with creative others. He explains his own experiences in the book, and he also shares case studies of those whom he has interviewed, to help readers fully grasp the necessity of creativity as a theology.
Ken points out that when we are first introduced to God, He is creating. Since God is creative, and we are created in His image, we are also creative. The whole book was excellent, but I would like to share one particular quote that I find notable. Ken writes, “Our creativity, like God’s must be aimed at something good. We need redemptive creativity-creativity that aims not just for success, but freedom; and not just for ourselves, but for others and for the good of creation as a whole.” (p. 61) I appreciate Ken’s humility and admonition. We exercise creativity with purpose, the purpose, to bring life to everything and everybody around us. I highly recommend this book.
As a teacher, and the director of a summer day camp, I was challenged. I have already generated some ideas. But, I have to give credit, where credit is due. The information in the book has helped me to think creatively, specifically the information found within the section titled, flipping the classroom. If you are curious, you will just have to read the book.
I have received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program, for an honest review. I have given an honest review.