Brain Storm:

Unleashing Your Creative Self


by Don Hahn


Disney Editions


Reader Appeal: Adults


Genre: Self-Help


PopFam Rating: B+


Brain Storm is a great source of inspiration for those who want to dive into the creative aspects of work, play, and life.


In this self-help/memoir, Hahn (the director of Disney's The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast), discusses the experiences which led to his creative visions. He uses both funny and sad stories beginning from his childhood and stretching into his adult life and forces the reader to apply these stories and experiences to their own lives.


In one tale, Hahn talks about how, as a child, he used a colander or tin foil with poked holes placed over a flashlight to make stars on his ceiling. In another he talks about his first apartment and deciding to move out of his parents house. In both of these stories, he shares vision and meaning, letting the reader see the early stages of creativity and helping the reader decide on the best possible place to go to maintain the right balance in life.


Hahn's stories and insight are far different than most self-help books in that he tells a story even when giving a lesson. His tales travel from the very beginning of the creative process all the way through the means to channel your inspired flow.


Hahn discusses the (mostly generic) spiritual side of creativity as well as feelings, pain, pressure and talent to name a few topics. Brain Storm is easily recommended for anyone who needs a boost in their creative self.


Let’s Talk About It


If your family members are interested in this book, then encourage discussion about it afterward. You can use these questions to get started:


• What inspired you during childhood?


• How do you think the different aspects of life can affect your creativity?


• What steps can you take to begin the creative process?




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