improv wisdom

12 Feb

Improv Wisdom. By Patricia Ryan Madson.improv wisdom

So enjoying this read.
The Godlife is truly one long improvisation.

Pithy chapters.
Edible contents.
It’s worth the read.

Here are the chapter titles, Ryan’s “improv maxims” – which formed the thirteen “points” of my most recent sermon excursion (which was improv itself – yeah, improv preaching):

say yes
don’t prepare
just show up
start anywhere
be average
pay attention
face the facts
stay the course
wake up to the gifts
make mistakes, please
act now
take care of each other
enjoy the ride

And as a case in point, as I’m reading in the Gospel of Matthew this week, this happens to be my portion:

When they arrived at Capernaum, the tax men came to Peter and asked,
“Does your teacher pay taxes?”

Peter said, “Of course.”

But as soon as they were in the house, Jesus confronted him. “Simon, what do you think?
When a king levies taxes, who pays—his children or his subjects?”

He answered, “His subjects.”

Jesus said, “Then the children get off free, right? But so we don’t upset them needlessly, go down to the lake, cast a hook, and pull in the first fish that bites. Open its mouth and you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to the tax men. It will be enough for both of us.”

Peter says, “Yes” when the answer is “No,” but then Jesus says “Yes” through the mouth of a randomly caught fish on a randomly cast hook.

The Son of Man was a improv maestro.

So where’s that improv hook for today’s catch?


Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Books


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2 responses to “improv wisdom

  1. patriciaryanmadson

    February 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Few things delight a writer more than to be understood and quoted. And, icing on the cake is to have the book as part of a sermon. Thank you for helping to pass on the word about improv’s advice for living. I loved it that you also quoted the Ruminant poem. I think Rumi would have loved the analogy to a Kindle.
    Thank you and bless you.

  2. wordhaver

    February 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you! And thank you for sharing your heart and experience in the book! So timely in so many ways. 🙂


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