Great Quotes from a Great Book

Posted: December 29, 2014 in books
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I am in the midst of searching out a new book for a book study with my church creative arts team. I am currently in the midst of a great one, The Creative Call: An Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit (Writers’ Palette Book)
I am finding this book most enjoyable. While Elshimer is a writer and a musician, she takes great pains to include all the other disciplines as well. You will no doubt receive a better review when I am finished with this book, but for now, I wanted to key in on a few of the quotes from other creatives she includes in the pages of this volume. These will all be hugely valuable to any Christ following creative:

“Remember that as a creative person, the important thing is to create. Who sees what you make, where it goes and what it does is a secondary consideration; the first is to exercise the talent God has given you.” Franky Schaeffer

“It’s simple. You just take something and do something to it, and then do something else to it. Keep doing this and pretty soon you’ve got something.” Jasper Johns

“It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve Him. Serving Him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good which was in my power to create.” Leo Tolstoy

“[God] wants to make us co-creators with Him, but He can’t do so unless we believe that doing the work of becoming an artist is important, so important that some other things may not get done… Doing artist work, when we let the Spirit lead us, is doing God’s work.” Janice Elsheimer

and finally “Try? There is no try. There is only do or do not.” Yoda

This book will help you connect your creativity with your Creator. It will also help you to strip away your excuses.

Just make art!

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Comments
  1. Wendi says:

    Love the quotes. Very comforting and empowering.

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