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Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
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Are you compartmentalizing God?
If you ever feel like your times spent praying or trying to read the Bible are disconnected from the rest of your day, you need this book.
Devotions arent supposed to be isolated from your life; the God who created you also calls you to createwhether that is a business, a family, a book, a photograph, a website, a sermon, or a meal.
Created for More ties together our drive to create and our desire for God. Spend 30 days learning to be more than you thought you could be. Be humble. Be intentional. Be limited. Be parallel. Be invested. Be brave.
Be a creator as you draw near to the God who created you.
Brianna3 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Created for MoreApril 20, 2016BriannaQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Although the back of Created for More seems to describe and attract readers of any demographic, the content of Created for More is geared towards artists, musicians, and others involved in the arts. Author Jonathan Malm writes short chapters following the pattern of spiritual development [verses and introduction], prayer starter, change the way you think, and challenge. Some of the challenges require abstract thinking, and are likely more applicable to readers who utilize creativity and the arts on a daily or routine basis. As someone who is not involved in an arts profession, I found it difficult to relate to or practice the challenges.
However, all readers may be able to gain a few pearls of wisdom or ideas from the pages of Created for More, as Malm invites readers to consider 30 challenges of living with intentionality. Malms writing style is laid-back and easy-to-read which contributes to the use of Created for More as a quick daily devotional or inspiration.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Lauren3 Stars Out Of 5Great Book for Creative TypesJune 4, 2015LaurenQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Created for More by Jonathan Malm is a book for creative people. It's basically a devotional for artists, writers, and other creative types. When I originally requested the book, I thought it was a book for mothers. I do not really consider myself creative so I honestly did not enjoy this book.
The book is meant to be read daily for 30 days. Each day has a scripture reference, a short passage written by the author, something to pray about, something to think about that specifically relates to your craft, and a challenge. Since I am not really creative, I could not really do the challenges.
Although, this book is marketed towards all creative types, I think artists would benefit the most from this book. Overall it was a well-written book and was really interesting but it didn't really pertain to my life.
I received this book for free from Moody Publishers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Stretch Your CreativityAugust 18, 2014DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Jonathan Malm's new book, Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World in a New Way,
explores "the conjunction of the Bible, your spiritual walk, and your creative potential." Malm builds his book on the premise that God is a creative God, and being made in His image, we, too, are creative. Malm hopes to encourage readers to tap into that creative potential and see that creativity is a spiritual act.
As a devotional book, Created for More is broken up into a month's worth of daily readings. Each day's reading includes a daily topic, a quote or definition, a scripture reading and commentary, a prayer starter, an application section, and a challenge to create something.
Overall, I thought the book was well written and it offered some fresh perspectives on things like humility, intentionality, preparation, greatness, determination, and boldness. The readings were refreshing and inspiring, and I found myself awakened by some of the creative challenges. I don't think of myself as a "creative" person, so just trying to think like an artist was a challenge for me. I am linear, not random, so this book really stretched and pushed me out of my comfort zone. At first I found it difficult to think of my job as a creative one, but over time, I began to see it from a new perspective. And for me, that's what made this book worth the time and effort.
My only real disappointment came on Day 16 with a reference to "Zen," a Buddhist concept. Malm uses the term to refer to a concept rather than the actual Buddhist practice. However, in a Christian book and thought, I think it has no place. It desensitizes believers and opens the door for the enemy to sneak other things in under the radar. I realize "zen" is often used in artistic circles, but to me, this might keep me from recommending the book to some believers if I know they might be more susceptible to blurred lines between Christianity and other belief systems--especially in a day and age where so many believe that all religions lead to God and heaven.
For the most part, I would recommend this book to artists and musicians, to more creative types. They will relate more easily to the thoughts and processes presented in the book. They will find fresh ideas and perspectives for creating. Certainly others will benefit from the book, too. For those of us who are more analytical, the book will push us beyond our comfort zones and bring fresh perspective. At the same time, some of the creative challenges are hard to translate to our type of "work."
* I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review.