making manifest

“In this fine book The Word becomes both flesh and some very good words too!  Let a master lead you in putting many parts of your soul together.  This is incarnation at work in space and time!”
—Richard Rohr



published by seedbed, “making manifest: on faith, creativity, and the kingdom at hand” is book of devotional meditations and exercises designed for personal spiritual growth and innovative  community building. through 28-days of poetry, prayer, writing practice, contemplation, and personal reflection, dave harrity teaches and explores ways individuals and their religious circles can begin to renew and awaken faith by daily creative practice.

to order the book, click here.

to watch the trailer, click here.

see making manifest interviews (parts 1 + 2 + 3)

and some reviews and reflections about the book here.


here’s what some folks are already saying…


“Making Manifest is a well-crafted handbook for meditative writing—not for aesthetic or intellectual effect but writing as a free, creative method of thought. Both non-writers and writers, meditators and novices, will find refreshment in this eloquent coaching.”

—Br. Paul Quenon, Abbey of Gethsemani; Author of Afternoons with Emily: Poems


“Dave Harrity’s Making Manifest is a lively invitation into writing as a spiritual practice . . . no longer just for the poet-types—this book walks us through poetry’s ability to help us record and remember, take part in creation, and move toward divine mystery. Along the way, Harrity gives practical exercises for the reader to try on their own as well as profound examples of poetry’s impact in his personal spiritual development. Making Manifest is a special guidebook for all pilgrims who crave the quiet moments of reflection and stillness, as well as the bright moments of creating . . .”

—Brianna Van Dyke Editor-in-chief of Ruminate Magazine


“. . . Making Manifest is heart exercise for personal and communal Christian formation. The means is poetry; the end is transformation from the guts out. This is a month-long master course for formation in Christlikeness.”

—Lyle Smith Graybeal President of Forma


“Making Manifest invites us to enter sacred contemplation by carving a place within us where God can dwell. The gentle process of personal reflection draws on our lives and imaginations—the stuff out of which God’s handiwork flows onto the page and into the world.”

—Jenifer Gamber, Author of Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


“I think many individuals and groups will point back to Making Manifest years from now and see it as a beginning—a renewal of creativity and vision. This book offers the exact challenges and encouragement we need to come to terms with the big questions in and outside the Church. . . .”

—Michael Winters, Photographer and Visual Arts Minister at Sojourn Christian Church


“. . . Harrity shows himself sensitive to how words work and achieve their powerful effects: how they emphasize, energize, and create anticipation; preserve the mysterious; and invite and refine the messiness of lived experience. . . . Attentive to his readers in a pragmatic way, Harrity wants to help them become more attentive to themselves and to words, but also to the world and to the way we honestly see the world, and further to ways we may be called to speak for the world. Harrity urges us to develop a creative faith. Rarely have I encountered a writer and teacher of writing who thinks so highly of poetry’s potential to give voice to our lives . . . in such a persuasive, inspiring way.”

—Brett Foster Professor of Creative Writing at Wheaton College; Author of The Garbage Eater: Poems

resources for faithful practitioners of creativity and creative practitioners of faith...

Pieces of Freedom & Becoming: Collage of Seoul in Review

{ in this brief review, Maggie Boyd reflects on reading Jae Newman’s debut book of poetry, Collage of Seoul }

“I am free,” is the opening...

interview: jae newman

{ in this interview, jae newman discusses naming the muses and slot machines… }\


when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see...

interview : melissa studdard

{ in this interview, poet melissa studdard give some practical advice on the writing life }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do...

interview: a. k. lamotte

{ a.k. lame speaks on emerging and beginning, of the poet, the poem, and

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see...

breaking through, w/ mark liebenow

The Spirituality of the Wilderness: Do We Need to Pray in Nature, or Are We Already Praying?

The first snow of the season...

interview: amber nelson

{ in this interview, poet amber nelson brings the heat discussing vision, revision, and attentiveness }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do...

interview: michael martin

{ in this interview, poet michael martin discusses approaches to creating poems. }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see them?...

interview: sheldon lee compton

{ in this interview, sheldon lee compton ruminates on fiction, revision, and writing as a life discipline }

when you picture someone reading your fiction,...

interview: karen swallow prior

{ in this interview, karen swallow prior discuss her process and the challenges of writing toward truth }

you’re primarily known as—I think—a lover and...

interview: david wright

{ in this interview, poet david wright discusses craft, inspiration, and revision }

when you picture someone reading your poetry, how do you see them?...

“walking with kindness” by mark liebenow

What is required of us is to do justice, love kindness,

 and walk humbly with our God. Micah 6:8


I imagine Micah...

“a made thing” by heather caliri

For a long time, I simply felt helpless.

My youth pastor in high school was spiritually abusive to many of us, and he sexually abused...

“the devil you know: rough drafts” by elizabeth jarrett andrew

Poor revision, unfairly maligned due to a quirk of human nature! We beasts prefer prowling on familiar territory, rooting up the same soil with...

interview: aaron belz

{an interview with poet and essayist aaron belz, who recently released his third collection of poetry, GLITTER BOMB}

when you picture someone reading your poetry,...

a worker’s prayer: van gogh on sight

When it’s warm outside and the food processing plant doesn’t smell, I sit on the call center steps and drink tea in the sun....