Think Like a Five Year Old: Reclaim Your Wonder and Create Great Things

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Think Like a 5 Year Old explores a documented phenomenon in which people almost universally exhibit genius-level creativity as young children but lose it as they become adults–and what we can do to reverse this trend. With this book, learn the story of your creativity: why you had it in the beginning, how you lost it, and how to get it back, to create great things.

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According to a recent Gallup report, only 13% of people are “actively engaged” in their jobs, 63 percent merely put in their time, and the remaining 24% are actively disengaged. People are bored at work, at home, in personal habits, and in their spiritual lives. Over time a pattern of loss in vitality and a shift towards fear, comfort, and consumption is leaving them feeling unfulfilled and less creative.

Wilson proposes that every person is called to a life of creativity. This means knowing how you are made, reclaiming your passions, learning the craft of creativity as an act of faith, and surrendering the creative process to God.

“Having been made in the Creator God’s image, we are born creative, yet we tend to agree in theory but disagree in practice,” notes Wilson. “Respected creative thinkers such as Sir Ken Robinson, Paul Torrance, and Seth Godin offer insights, but the problem is that while everyone has this supernatural power within them, they’ve lost sight of it. They’ve given in to forces that steal and destroy our innate joy. We don’t feel creative–and consequently, we don’t feel fulfilled.”

Wilson redefines the word “creativity” using a framework of categories such as compassion, problem solving, engineering, and artistic expression. Creativity is about being attentive to and acting in response to the combination of ideas and reactions and preferences that form one’s view of the world. This perspective, this unique form of expression, is the identity given to them by God and the origin of their creativity.

“I can’t recommend this book strongly enough. Len Wilson’s work is not only significant and inspiring, but critical for our society in this time. His insights are especially important for church leaders as we attempt to discover how to make the Gospel message authentic in our ever-changing and isolating landscape. Spirituality and creativity cannot be separated. We all need to be called again to become childlike in our faith, our imagination and our sense of wonder and possibility that we may recapture the creativity the Creator placed in all of us.”

Pastor, Gracepoint Church, Johannesburg, South Africa


“Creativity is critical to most endeavors, yet at times in everyone’s life, and in every organization, the wellspring runs dry. Len Wilson’s book is a gift that will inspire and foster creativity. Filled with terrific examples, this book will benefit leaders and teams in any line of work.”

Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

“I love this book so much. As a pastor and counselor, it has always burdened me to see a person stop taking risks, stop creating, stop living life to the fullest. God is a Creator God and we are made in His image. Thank you Len for encouraging us to dream again!”

Pastor, Blogger, Church Leadership Consultant, Director of Leadership Network

“In a world encumbered with dull and gray, Len Wilson offers us a brilliant, technicolor future by inviting us to harness our unique, God-given creativity. As creatures made in the image of God, each one of us has untapped ingenuity yet to be expressed. This book is for anyone who wants to tap into this well of imagination.”

Lead Pastor, Grace Church of Southwest Florida and Author, Vital

Think Like a Five Year Old invites us to take a bold, surrendered risk into a more creative, fulfilling life.””

Author, Freefall to Fly

“This remarkable book is for all of us who long to recapture the wondrous creativity we once took for granted. Len Wilson draws from inspiring stories of real people who fought the battle for divergent thinking and practiced the disciplines required to innovate. I highly recommend this practical and inspiring work, and plan to give it to my artistic daughters.”

Worship Designer, Leadership Coach, Author, An Hour on Sunday

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 5 × 2 in

Hardcover, Paperback, e-book, audio book

1 review for Think Like a Five Year Old: Reclaim Your Wonder and Create Great Things

  1. Glen S Potter (verified owner)

    A great guide to reclaiming our childhood creativity. Art, music, poetry, imaginative play … as bad as those products of a two- or three-year old may appear when compared against masterpieces, they were all of our creativity before education systems, self-deceit, or just plain “life” crushed it out of us.

    Len beautifully explains the several demons that perpetuate our doubts about our creativity (even that we have none). He then gives the motivation, science, and the scriptural and spiritual support behind getting yours back. Whether that is in your current job, hobby, or the need and faith to reinvent yourself creatively … and to keep reinventing on a regular basis.

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