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A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,457 ratings  ·  256 reviews
The majority of us would not necessarily define ourselves as artists. We're parents, students, businesspeople, friends. We're working hard, trying to make ends meet, and often longing for a little more--more time, more love, more security, more of a sense that there is more out there. The truth? We need not look around so much. God is within us and He wants to shine ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Caroline Rose
Two and a half years ago, I discovered after a dear friend shared it was the first blog she’d ever followed. I immediately found myself at home. There author Emily P. Freeman was working through some ideas on what it meant to create art. I printed out her post, Fourteen Ways to Make Mediocre Art, and pasted it to the mini file on my desk, where I see it every day.

Emily has continued to explore this idea of being an artist on her blog. She’s written A MILLION LITTLE WAYS
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to buy this book and highlight in it.
I read a library copy but I think it's a book to "chew on" and digest.
Looking forward to discussing this book with my cousin.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devotional
This weekend I soaked in Emily P. Freeman’s A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live.

I had eagerly signed up to review this book. However, once it arrived, I approached the content warily, thinking I’d find it filled with popular advice about how to find your voice and make it heard and rise above the crowd . . . you know, the things people who get paid for their art tell the rest of us.

But Emily’s insightful take on art encompasses all expressions of God’s beauty and
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I really hate giving Christian authors I respect less than five stars, but really I found this book about uncovering the art inside to be only average. If you're only going to read one book about doing the work you're meant to do, please read Steven Pressfield's The War of Art. It's one you'll return to again and again. Emily Freeman's book was aptly titled. I literally felt like I was reading the exact same sentence a million different ways. Basically, she says, "You are art and you make art, ...more
Sherry Elmer
I am stingy with my 5 star reviews (also a bit inconsistent, but that’s another story), but I can’t help giving A Million Little Ways five stars. This book is inspiring and encouraging and real. It takes the reader by the hand and leads her not only to the edge of the cliff where we, as creators, can jump off into the great excitement and fear that creativity brings, but also, she brings us closer to God. I appreciate the reminder of why I create and for Whom I create, along with the shot of ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am sorry to give this book only two stars since the author is so honest and vulnerable and also talks about her fear of critics. I have never read anything by Freeman before, so it might be that I could like other books by her, but I didn't like this one. I often felt confused by what she was trying to say. Though I understand her concept of art - "the thing that makes us feel most alive", it was so unhelpful, confusing and wishy-washy that I had a hard time putting it into context.

There were
Alyssa Yoder
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The old adage, "Chew the meat and spit out the bones" applies here. But the meat of this book is so delicious that I'm glad I pushed on when I disagreed. Two concepts in particular (the different ways art can be an idol, how criticism helps us) impacted me. I'll be chewing on this one a long time. So convicting, and yet so encouraging and gentle.
Renee Davis Meyer
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was more than I expected.... I thought it was a book about art and creativity. And it is, but it is also about being brave, trusting Jesus, and living a life only you can live (whether you consider yourself an artist or not.)

I listened to this on Hoopla, I love Emily Freeman’s voice, and it is free, so I highly recommend that. But I also ordered a copy to underline, absorb and keep because I need it to sink more deeply than I can manage while listening/driving/doing laundry etc.
Jodie Pine
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently joined Emily Freeman's Hope*Writers community of writers and her book was added inspirational motivation to press forward in becoming the artist/writer God created me to be. I tried sharing my kindle highlights for the first time (if anyone wants to have a look and let me know what you think). "When we embrace the beauty of our design, when we recognize that he has made us to be unique expressions of himself, when we receive the gifts he has equipped us with and have the courage to ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-purchase
Adding to the list for purchase... full of hope, grace, and encouragement.
Paula Vince
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Books which encourage people to continue our art, especially from a Christian perspective, are always welcome on my shelf. This one by Emily Freeman has several aha moments. She talks to all kinds of artists; the type who know what they want to do but are too scared to step out, and the type who launch out, confident in their mastery of their craft, but are disappointed by results.

It begins by explaining how anything at all can be made into an art form - hence the title. Our divine image bearer
Charity Tinnin
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Writers, Artists, Anyone with a Dream.
Shelves: read-non-fiction
It's not often that I devour a non-fiction book in a day, but AMLW awakens that longing inside to be fully alive, fully YOU. And so I read like a mad woman only putting it down halfway through because I couldn't take in any more information at that sitting.

I already knew what my art is -- I am a story-teller at heart. But in my current season of life with CFS, I've struggled with my inabilty to write, edit, critique, etc. Am I just supposed to wait until it IS the season to write? Will there
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, overdrive
If you love Ann Voskamp's writing style, you'll enjoy this book.

For me though, the writing style is too wordy to truly sweep me along.

But that's a personal preference.

As far as the message of the book, I felt it was good, necessary and would be great for anyone with CREATE as their one word. I did feel that the first part could have been shorter and the last half of the book could have gone deeper.

And another personal preference, the use of the word "art" got a bit much for me so in my mind I
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: creativity, religion
I've been waiting to read this for quite some time. But it really missed the mark. There's a disjointed undercurrent which was difficult to overcome. While the author references "the art" its unfolding was scattered and failed to pin down what she wished to convey. We're given a plethora of examples labeled "art" but the reader would have been better served by having the subject presented from a clearer perspective.
Kayla Hollatz
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the Christian sister of Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic. They're different, of course, but have very similar themes. While I enjoyed Emily's book Simply Tuesdays more, this was still a good read for faith-filled creatives.
Baillie Johnson
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This quite possibly might be my new favorite book. ...more
Annie Downs
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-growth
So moving. So inspirational. A moving piece of art that will deeply affect every reader. This one is going in every graduation gift I give this year.
Anne Bogel
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The best yet from Emily Freeman.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I remember hearing about A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman, when it was first published several years ago, but I never read it; several weeks ago, though, my mom mentioned she had read it and was describing it to me, and, intrigued, I decided to read through it myself. Click here to read my full review.
This is one of THE MOST INCREDIBLE BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ; Emily Freeman writes magic. :) If you are a human, you need to read this book.
Renee Cheek
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love everything by this author. Resonates with my soul.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore Emily P. Freeman and anything she is apart of!
This book is very encouraging and empowering.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I love Freeman's blog, but the book didn't strike the right note for me. At the end of 2013, I read a small stack of books about creativity, from various points of view and with various areas of emphasis. I think I bogged down on this one for two reasons. 1. The ideas aren't fresh. I wanted to think about this subject in a new way. I get that one can be creative in washing the dishes, but I want more than that. 2. I wanted the information to be more concrete. This talk of callings, showing up, ...more
Jodi Janz
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This amazing little book is jammed packed with golden nuggets of all shapes and sizes ... a million different ways you can gain insight, inspiration and courage packed into this wonderful item. Emily P Freeman has done a wonderful job of breaking down barriers, opening dark closets and sweeping out unused corners in my life from her book A Million Little Ways. A true delight.

Originally I found her poetic style of writing a little confusing and even distracting. However the more I dove into the
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few things, I'll start off by saying that the book should have been edited better and the thoughts more refined. While I knew where Freeman was going, at times I thought that it could have been said better. So much of the book is redundant and just needs a good editing and cleaning up, perhaps if it had been I may have liked it a bit more.

However, all that being said as the book progresses it gets better. Ideas are fleshed out and more clearly defined, the repetition isn't as often and if it
Jen B.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This book moved me in ways that were so beautiful that I found myself slowing down as I read through it just to avoid it coming to an end! :) The concept of living life as an artist, using every trait I was created with to create and impact the world around me sounded so dreamy. Yet, Freeman did such a beautiful job of making it seem so possible. Not easy, but possible. I was moved with affirmation as well as challenge. The ways that I started to tune into everyday life as I read this book made ...more
Emily encourages her readers to use their talents for God's glory and their joy. Her emphasis on our being able to "make art" because we are made in God's image really resonated with me.

The reason the book touched me in ways that other similar books did not was because Emily seemed to know how I struggle with my giftedness. She writes, the natural thing to do when hints of your own design scare you is to run. (p. 62) She talks about how God gives us certain abilities and then asks us to use them
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith-soul-love
[Probably a solid 3.5 stars.] I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was on track to be a 4 star book but it kind of petered out for me in the last 2-3 chapters. Emily is quite a good writer, which is not something to take for granted in this world of bloggers publishing memoirs and other spiritual books en masse, often (in my opinion) of quite mediocre quality. In summary, Emily explores the idea that according to the Bible we are all God's "workmanship" or "masterpiece" -- the Greek word ...more
Deirdre Keating
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was another favorite of 2013. I read it off and on throughout the fall, and rushed through the end because I knew it would be a favorite---I'm glad I own a copy to reread more slowly. This is a book I want to have accompany me, always.

I've enjoyed Emily Freeman's blog, Chatting at the Sky, especially her posts on creativity. I've long considered the notion that we are "created in God's image" to mean we are created to be creators too.

Echoes of Ali Edwards' Life Artist and her idea that our
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