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Preview — Gently Awakened by Sara Joseph
Gently Awakened: The Influence of Faith on Your Artistic Journey
Creativity is like an unwrapped gift from God. Its contents are mysterious, begging for action. The benevolent Giver eagerly awaits a response. Yet it is often tossed aside after merely removing the out ...more
What I love best about Him is that He loves us just as we are, but loves us too much to leave us as we are! When we surrender our lives and embark on that journey with Him by deliberate choice, we become, as I was, and still am, "works in progress"!
In every journey, there are obstacles to navigate around, challenges to overcome, unexpected trials...mine was no different. Change is often uncomfortable, but when He has truly been granted permission to lead and guide every aspect of life, He empowers us for the needed change.
We need only be willing to allow Him access to our inner most being.
I learned quickly that willingness on the inside brought much blessing into my life. It more than made up for the discomfort of obedience!
In answer to your specific question about whether this book is "queer Christian friendly", I would like to respond that it is Christian friendly.
Jesus cares about you just as He does me, so if you are creative and engaged in the arts, why not give Him a chance to lead and guide all the little details of your unique life?
You will not regret it.(less)
Do you find yourself floundering in insignificance – you know you have creative gifts but have no idea how to use them and perhaps they seem of no value in the scheme of things. Sara pioneers the path to discovering how the diligent development of your unique talents for God’s glory alone will draw you into deep and joyful fellowship with Him who invested His creativity in you. It is a timely directive in my own tentative journey as a writer.
Sara’s passion for technical excellen ...more
I thought I was quite well-versed in the bible. Some thoughts and quotes she brought out put a "new light" on scriptural references I have read many times.
In addition to scripture references, Sarah uses her own persona ...more
Sara Joseph discusses apprenticeship in her memoir Gently Awakened, about how her career as a visual artist is infused with and an outgrowth of her Christian faith.
Historically, the apprentice to a great artist wouldn’t always have lessons in the craft, but would instead assist with chores around the studio while watching the artist at work. This would give the apprentice a chance to pick up attitudes and methods that couldn’t be easily explained in a lecture or demonstration.
Sara views her fa ...more
Jesus states in John 10:10[NRSV] "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." All Christians have eternal life, but most Christians fail to possess the abundant life. They are on the right side of Calvary but ...more
But I was somewhat ambivalent about Sara Joseph's book. It is a combination of styles: part narrative, part theology, part poetry, and a color section of her artwork. I re ...more
Sara savors every moment of creating her work, “taking more time in the planning than the execution”, as she put it.
Her early watercolors were not of the heavy oils with the great capa ...more
Then in a matter of 3 days God threw Habakkuk 2:2 in my face so many times I stopped counting. I had a responsibility ...more
From generation to generation the world has definitely witnessed many superior creations of more outstanding artists.
But Sara's creation stands almost unique as they supernatura ...more
Sara shares her poetry, her artwor ...more
This is not intended to be a review, just some pertinent background information about the book.
Gently Awakened was written in response to what I've come to recognize as the unmistakable nudge of the Lord. I never tire of hearing testimonies of what Jesus accomplishes in lives yielded to Him. I collect such stories, diverse in their character, setting and plots, yet triumphantly consistent in their notes of victory. I never cease to marvel at their power to touch my life even when their authors...more
At the center of Sara’s life is Jesus Christ. Gently Awakened: The Influence of Faith on Your Artistic Journey, is Sara’s story of how God directs her life steps using the artistic gifts and abilities He gives her.
The power of books is that ...more
Sara's book encourages boldness in living out the creativity God has instilled in you. She, herself is blessed with talent not only in art, but also in writing and is using it as a means to express her faith. Her book is an encouragement to artists who are seeking to balance their desire to use, develop, and ...more
Sara Joseph’s considerable God given artistic talent overflows from her beautiful visual art and into the written word. In her book ‘Gently Awakened’ Sara ‘paints’ word pictures in which she gives glory to the Lord for being by her side and in her heart, every step of her Spiritual and artistic journey. A journey that flows into the life she now enjoys as a successful Christian artist.
If any should doubt that God would bless a humble artist as mightily as Sara claims, then from my experience on ...more