Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down. But God had something special in mind for the creative woman during this intense season of mothering.
In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children's parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Not one born in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but rather in kitchens, nurseries, and living rooms around the world. Mothers, working in the cracks and crevices of each hectic day, are adorning the world with their gifts, and they're showing all of us the beauty of this Life Creative.
In this book, you'll learn:
-Why the world needs your art
-How this Life Creative begins at home
-When art can turn a profit
-Your part in this modern day Renaissance
Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood. Women like home decorator Melissa Michaels and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard, author Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and many more.
Wendy Speake is a trained actress and heartfelt teacher. She ministers to women's hearts through storytelling and life applications, utilizing drama, comedy, poetry and the study of God's Word. During her career in Hollywood, Speake found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women. She is the author of Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses (BRU Press, 2015). Speake is a wife and homeschooling mother of three boys.
Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. She has written for several websites including The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, The MOB Society, (in)courage and Compassion International. She is the author of three books, including Like a River from Its Course (Kregel Publications, 2016) and a noted speaker. Stuart her husband live in Florida with their four children.
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The first thing I noticed about this book is how pretty it is. The cover is gorgeous and the pages are decorated so beautifully. I love extra touches like this, especially in a book about creativity.
As a creative mom, I would have loved to have had this book when my children were toddlers. It gives you "permission" to be creative and actually encourages it. How many of us creative moms feel we need this? We are so focused on being good moms and encouraging creativity in our children we sometimes put our own creative needs on the back burner.
The thing I love about this book the most is how they show through God's Word that God encourages us to be creative! God himself is the ultimate creator so it only makes sense that He would make us creative, too. I also like how they realize that there are different types of creative. Some women enjoy sewing while others enjoy cooking - but it's all a creative process.
They also point out how things have changed so much for moms in this day in age. I know when I was young, my mother was a stay at home mom, like most of my friends moms were. My mom did needlepoint, ceramics and other creative pursuits with no guilt. There was no pressure to be something "more". In fact, being creative was highly thought of. Moms today are pulled in all directions to be everything to everyone.
Being creative brings us peace and as moms we need that. It calms us allows us to be ourselves. In turn, this makes us better moms (and wives). I just love this book! I found it so encouraging and it sparked creativity in me, too! I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
Blessings - Julie