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Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  35 reviews
"I’m not creative. I could never do something like that. I don’t have time to be creative."

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you find yourself wishing that you had pursued your creative talents before it was too late? In a world full of creativity, there is no such thing as “too late.”

Called to Be Creative is for anyone looking to reignite that tiny spark inside of them
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by Familius
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Miranda Reads
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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4.5 stars

Sometimes we instinctively know what will bring us happiness.
Mary Potter Kenyon used to love to write as a kid but as she grew older, she grew out of the just-for-fun writing.

It was only after the loss of a loved one that she realized h
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book explores what it means to be creative, and how to unleash your own creative energies. There are tips for exploring different arts or hobbies, and advice on gaining confidence and taking risks. I love how this book encourages the reader to try new things, learn from failure, and embrace anything and everything creative!

The authors spends a lot of time talking about her mother and how creative she was, including excerpts from her mother's journals and photos of her mother's artwork. I wa
Mary Kenyon
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"I devoured this book. Each chapter is filled with encouragement and inspiration. If you’re looking for something to feed your creative soul, this is it."
—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Jaimie Sutter Hanson
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creativity. Merriam-Webster defines creativity as "the ability to create”. In Called to Be Creative, author Mary Potter Kenyon, not only writes about creativity, what it is, what it means, how it affects and benefits us mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually, but she does so by graciously giving the reader a glimpse into her own life throughout the book. This book will grant the permission we often feel we need to be a little (or a lot) creative, and you will be inspired and enc ...more
Amanda Rowe
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book – I’d like to recommend it as required reading for every human. Using the gifts that God has given us allows us to feel energized and satisfied in a way that nothing else does. This book will inspire you to find your purpose and pursue it wholeheartedly, and I can’t think of any better recipe for a happy life than that. If you want to fulfill your potential and help your children fulfill theirs, this book is for you. If you want to make the most of your life and not just survive ...more
Patricia Morris
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Mary Potter Kenyon has written a bright, welcoming invitation to “reclaim your box of crayons” as she dispels the myth that creativity is only given to a select few. Her book is filled with hope for anyone who longs to transform their life into a creative playground as we emulate the Master Designer. I loved reading the personal tone the author mastered as she might have been sitting beside me, speaking to my inner creative soul. You simply must read this book to find that we all have hidden cre ...more
Susan Tollefson
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mary Potter Kenyon’s book Called to be Creative invites all of us to hear our own call to be creative. Mary shares her creative journey with such an open heart that she makes it seem possible in all our lives.

She, and the many creative thinkers she weaves into her story, teach us to value our creative selves and to transcend our own limiting beliefs and fear of failure.

It is also a beautiful story of Mary’s artist mother and her profound influence on Mary and her siblings.

Because of this book
Patti Stockdale
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love how the author starts the chapters with her mother's words and wisdom. Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity is encouraging and inspiring, the perfect impetus to explore untapped creativity. This well-written book is an excellent reminder that it's never too late to try something new. ...more
Mary Jedlicka Humston
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you believe you don’t possess a creative bone in your body, you will have certainly found more than one after finishing “Called to be Creative” written by Mary Potter Kenyon.

“Called to be Creative” is a balanced mix of research, a variety of life stories about several creative souls and thought-provoking exercises to spark your personal creative juices.

I highly recommend this insightful and delightful book.
Jessica Speer
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book left me feeling inspired and excited to tap back into the creative pursuits that I lost in adulthood. Through her own beautiful story and research, Mary Potter Kenyon reminded me that like anything, creativity takes practice. This book is packed with inspiration and a clear path to tap into this important part of ourselves.
Joan Kramer
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Each time I read Mary's newest book, I am amazed by the flow of her words. She becomes a better and more expressive writer with each successive book. It is as if she has written each book exclusively for me. I often read her books in one or two sittings, determined to "finish this book", unable to put it down until I reach the last word.
Mary Potter Kenyon is my sister. You could believe that is why I love her books. It is only one reason, as we share many of the same life experiences. I also lov
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have often heard people say that they don't have a creative bone in their body. I heartily disagree with that statement. I believe we all use creativity in more ways than we realize. Mary Potter Kenyon's new book, Called to Be Creative inspires all sorts of creativity and reminds the reader that they are indeed creative in many ways.

For me, reading Called to Be Creative was like sitting down with the author at the coffee shop and chatting about writing, artwork and all the things that we mutua
Virginia Pillars
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've always thought of myself as a creative person with multiple interests from crafting to sewing to writing. Many people have expressed an interest in creativity to me with a sigh, "I haven't a creative bone in my body." This book dispels that notion with studies and a variety of examples of people the author knows or met with exemplary creative juices. I recommend this book to everyone. As I said, I think of myself as a creative person, yet I know there are times I give up too easily when I t ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Mary Potter Kenyon’s Called to be Creative is like sharing a good cup of coffee and a long conversation with your best friend. She encourages and challenges all while baring her own soul and sharing her writing journey.
But lest you think this is only a book for would-be writers, let me assure it is not. Kenyon maintains we are all creative because we are made in God’s image. Creativity is baked into who we are as humans. And it evidences itself in a myriad of ways—not limited to the crea
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, inspiring book! I enjoy all of Mary Potter Kenyon's work, but this is perhaps my favorite of all her books. Called to be Creative changed the way I view myself as a creative being, and the creative process as a whole. Now I truly believe we are all creative and begin as creative beings -- we just sometimes lose our sense of possibility along the way in life. As a writer myself, I was putting so much pressure on myself to "be creative" that I lost the sense of playfulness innate ...more
Pat Young
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book to inspire anyone at any age group to get creative, no matter your age or how little talent you think you have! Endearing excerpts from the authors life and lives of other creative people who are written about. There are even small incentives and practices set up for you to work on if you so desire. Very well written!
Rachel K
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Called to be Creative” is an inspiring read that helps you get excited once more to use your hands, mind, and imagination, to create. There is nothing more pleasing then producing something of your own making.
A sharp knife will remain sharp as long as you maintain it, but become dull when neglected. Our talent is much the same, but it not only becomes dull without use, it also gets lost, and one day you realize that it’s missing and you don’t know where it went. At that point you have to decide
Joy Kidney
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mary Potter Kenyon's book on the uplifting power of creativity is even presented creatively. Each chapter includes a beautiful blending of Mary's ideas and stories, stories of other creatives she's met and worked with, as well as ones she's read about. Mary's mother was so creative, even with limited resources and several children. She left behind many examples, and even notes, which are included.

"Ignite" at the end of each chapter is a chance for the readers to try something creative, a new wa
John Reynolds
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A both moving and inspiring book. Mary writes with a style that captures the devastation of losing loved ones, but also her overwhelming sense of optimism and belief that life will get better if we learn to embrace our creativity
Lorri Benson
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're wondering what is next for you, pick up a copy of Called To Be A Creative. Kenyon will convince you that each and every one of us has a creative side and she'll give you the encouragement you need to pursue your next chapter. ...more
Carla Marie
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This heartening book gave me the much-needed reminder that my once-quashed creative spirit lives inside me...waiting to be loved and enlivened. Thank you for this most powerful reminder!
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Called to be creative by Mary Potter Kenyon is a fabulously inspirational guide on creativity! A mix of facts and quotes and personal stories along with guidelines to jumpstart your creativity. And what is creativity? Creativity lives in all of us, our god-given gifts and talents that we just need to bring to the surface. Recognizing that creativity comes in many forms, this book gives us the tools and inspiration to foster our own creativity. I highlighted so many passages in this advanced e-co ...more
Susan A.  Hoffert
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a luxury we'll take 'when there's time'. Time's been in abundance these past months, distractions stilled, yet creativity gets pushed aside for 'more important' things. Called to Be Creative turns this thinking on its head. It's re-set my priorities. My soul actually needs this time!

In the midst of busy everyday, Mary encourages us to take time; seek the healing brush of creativity and welcome it into our life in whatever medium ours takes shape. Written as a practical, gentle guide to cre
Jeff Bobin
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creativity
Think of yourself as someone that is not creative? We are all created to be creative.

While we are all creative it expresses itself differently in each of us. Learning to take advantage of our own creative thinking to find new opportunities throughout our lifetime.

Many of the changes in our lives come unexpectedly and others we plan for. During those transitions we need to find creative ways to travel the changes.

While we often think of art, music or something like dance as creative how often
Michelle Smith
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, I felt like the author was a life long friend. I really connected with what she had to say and would like to meet her sometime. Also living in Iowa, it may be easier to go to a talk. 😀

As a kid I felt drawn to create through art and journaling. I allowed my time to be consumed with other stuff as I got older, like responsibilities, marriage life and kids. Over time, it felt like something was missing. Reading this book encouraged me to think about my past and my present t
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book. It spoke to my heart and soul, reaffirming the call I answered years ago when I left a traditional career to become a writer. Reading about Kenyon's journey to regain her creativity was like chatting with a friend. Not just a friend, but a kindred spirit who knew just what to say to encourage me to pursue my latest writing project.

In Called to Be Creative, the author has crafted a unique offering. It is part memoir, part scrapbook, and part workbook, and I loved it all. If you are str
Janice L
Called to Be Creative reminded me we all strive to be creative as children. As we grow we are forced to stifle the creative outlets to conform to man made expectations. Creativity is not only mentally healing, it can also be physically healing. Let your mind wander, paint outside the lines, throw in that splash of color. Then smile at anyone who challenges you - bless their heart!
Sheri Shonk
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a life changing glimpse into God's heart for each one of us. Our Creator designed us in His image and desires us to use our innate creativity for His glory. Highly recommend! Take back your crayons and find yourself a magic pencil while you rediscover your God Given creativity. ...more
Deb Thom
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life long learners unite. Here’s a book for us. Called to Be Creative by Mary Potter Kenyon is garanteed to remind you why it’s important to be a maker / a creative person.
The information is creatively shared. There are helpful ideas and other artists and writers to check out. It was wonderful. I stayed up late to finish it.
Cynthia Muchnick
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Want to (re)ignite your right brain? This book is all you need to get in touch with your creative side, whether you think you have one or not. We are living in a time of over programming and too much screen time, so this book is a welcome pause button to get your creative juices flowing. Pick up a copy and get started.
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Mary graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Psychology was recently certified as a grief counselor. She works as a Program Coordinator for a spirituality center and is an author, widely published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She teaches writing workshops for area community colleges, libraries and writer's conferences. Mary does presentations and workshops on uti ...more

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