Matt Tommy has produced a book that all artists and anyone else who is creative and is seeking more out of life and their creativity. I read this bookMatt Tommy has produced a book that all artists and anyone else who is creative and is seeking more out of life and their creativity. I read this book over a weekend having seen a sample on my Kindle and knew that I would have to buy it. It is not a weekend read though, but a book that you have to dive into again and again, each time unveiling additional nuggets, insights and revelations including many ‘ah ha’ moments.
Matt’s style of writing reveals his openness and understanding of the journey of the artist, alongside the highs and the lows that can impact on creativity as they search for their identity and the call of God on their lives.
If you can get together with a group of artists and work through the chapters which have questions and prompts after each section, it would be a great way to support each other through the revelations that will indeed come and Matt recommends it. It is like a guide book that helps you to really question your journey and the impact that your creativity will no doubt have on your community.
There are many resources listed for information and a mention of an annual conference that is worth checking out. If you have read books like the Artist Way by Julia Cameron you know you are in for a treat with the ‘tools for the journey’ that Matt recommends, such as a journal for capturing your thoughts, taking an artist date/creative time and spending time soaking up the word of God. We are encouraged to dive deeper as we uncover our true purpose as artists. It is a book that I think every artist should read....more
Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel is one of those books that you can read repeatedly. I found his style to be very familiar, as if you were talking to a clAltar Ego by Craig Groeschel is one of those books that you can read repeatedly. I found his style to be very familiar, as if you were talking to a close friend, he is open and honest in telling you his story, not only revealing his vulnerabilities, but within this you gain insight into his strengths. This is one of those books that you consistently find nuggets of new revelation as you read, we share some of his embarrassing moments and most of all we share his triumphs that made him who he is today.
At the start of the book Craig reminds us that we are not yet who we are called to be, and can all at times find value in the wrong places, putting on labels that do not capture who we truly are but those that are thrown at us by others. In his own life he allowed himself to go through a series of events to discover what God had placed within the core of who he truly was.
The book is split up into three main parts - these are `Sacrificing your false self for your sacred identity', `Sacrificing cultural relativity for Eternal values' and `Sacrificing self justification for passionate obedience' these are then further broken down into chapters encouraging you to step outside of the labels and live with integrity and truth. In each chapter Craig invites us to dive deeper into our true calling.
Who has God called you to be?
It is a question at some point in your life you will find yourself asking and to have a clear understanding you have to lay down every negative behavior, comment and mindset and make a commitment to change, essentially you have to be consistent with the time you spend with God.
It was my first time reading one of his books and he has authored many others which I am assuming are equally thought provoking and gem filled. The only thing I was disappointed about was when the book came to an end! Grieg really has an engaging style that leaves you feeling encouraged and blessed. If you are looking for a deeper understanding of what God is doing in your life and has called you to be then you will want to read this book, if you are ready for a change or you are in the idle you will want to read this book. If you don't know what the fuss is all about and would just like to read a good book, then you've guessed it! You will want to read this book.
About the Author
Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurchtv, he is the author of several books including Soul Detox, Weird, the Christian Atheist and It. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife, Amy, and their six children....more
Max Lucado is the author of a number of inspiration, gift and children’s book. In ‘Just Like Jesus’, Max takes us on a journey to restore our hearts aMax Lucado is the author of a number of inspiration, gift and children’s book. In ‘Just Like Jesus’, Max takes us on a journey to restore our hearts and to understand how we can change aspects of our lives to be ‘Just like Jesus’. In each chapter we look at different ways in which this can be done and for us to ultimately model our lives on him, settling for nothing less. We seen in each chapter examples of the way that God loves us – just the way we are, but that he refuses to leave us the way that he often finds us – in despair, broken, lost, searching.
Max has a very clear and engaging style of writing as if he is having a conversation with you. I didn’t want to put the book down and throughout felt inspired to stretch myself, he encourages you to be and do more with the life you are living.
Just like Jesus is not one of those ‘single read’ books, but it’s that kind of book filled with so many interesting nuggets you will undoubtedly find yourself going back to again and again.
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This book by Stephen Mansfield who has authored several books gives us an insight to much of Oprah’s life from early childhood. We can admire her dete This book by Stephen Mansfield who has authored several books gives us an insight to much of Oprah’s life from early childhood. We can admire her determination to step outside of the confines of circumstances that could have sent her down a road of self destruction at a very early age. As a woman of influence she has impacted on the way millions of women around the world see themselves and their view of the world.
The main focus of the book takes a look at her spiritual walk and her association with the work of several spiritual gurus who she has interviewed and promoted. The book gives us a behind the scenes look at not only Oprah’s philosophy but that of those she has associated with. I like the way that the book was structured. At the end of each chapter/section Stephen would give his views.
I felt that the book was insightful, easy to read and gave a ‘both sides of the coin’ point of view, it is definitely well worth a read.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 ...more