God, Improv, and the Art of Living

MaryAnn McKibben Dana

We are all improvisers!

The principle of "yes, and . . ." in improvisational theater has produced a lot of great comedy. But it also offers an invigo­rating approach to life in general, and the spiritual life in particular. From Moses to Ruth to Jesus, scripture is full of people boldly saying "yes, and . . ." as they accept what life throws their way and build upon it.

Pastor, speaker, and improv aficionada MaryAnn McKibben Dana here blends Scripture, psychology, theology, and pop culture in a wise, funny, down-to-earth guide to improv as a practice for life. Offering concrete spiritual wisdom in the form of seven improvi­sational principles, this book will help readers become more awake, creative, resilient, and ready to play--even (and perhaps especially) when life doesn't go according to plan.

"We are all improvisers," says McKibben Dana, "whether we realize it or not. We improvise in order to get through the day. We improvise when life surprises us. We do it without even thinking about it. This book will help you do it better."


MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer of numerous articles and essays and author of Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family's Experiment with Holy Time through Chalice Press. The book has been featured on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and in Publishers Weekly and was named a "must read for 2013" by Ministry Matters. 

She is a frequent speaker and workshop leader around issues of spirituality, leadership, and congregational transformation. She is co-chair of NEXT Church, a movement that seeks to call forth and nurture vibrant and creative ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She served as a congregational pastor for twelve years.

She is a mother of three, a haphazard knitter, an aspiring marathoner, and a baker and eater of muffins.

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