The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit
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The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit

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Our creativity was meant to be used. Whether you are an artist who has already identified your gifts or you have artistic talent that has never developed, The Creative Call will help you grow closer to becoming the person God designed you to be.

This practical and insightful workbook has eight weeks of material plus a ninth-week retreat guide for individual or group use. Here you will further recognize and develop your creativity as you enter a closer relationship with your creator.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9 X 7 (inches)
ISBN: 0877881383
ISBN-13: 9780877881384

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Publisher's Description

Perhaps you're a "closet writer" who's been scribbling in journals for years. Maybe you once had a passion for playing the piano or violin--a passion that is still flickering somewhere deep inside you. You may have a knack for photography, drawing, gardening, cooking, or some other creative gift. Or you may long to express yourself creatively, but have yet to discover your unique talents.

Your creativity was meant be used. Whether you are an artist who has already identified your gifts or you believe that you have artistic talent that has never been developed, working through this book will help you grow closer to becoming the person God has designed you to be.


Author Bio

Janice Elsheimer is consultant and writer who specializes in helping people understand and nurture the creativity within themselves and others. She has taught creative writing and language arts for twenty-four years, from kindergarten through college level, and also works part-time as a teacher of gifted students.

Editorial Reviews

"Janice Elsheimer's book will be an invaluable aid for artists in all fields, helping the creative person to get closer to the Source of true creativity."
--Bryan Savage, bestselling saxophonist/flutist with albums including "Cat Food," "Soul Temptation," and "Rush Hour"

"Chapter-by-chapter, with thought-provoking words and exercises, Janice lifts the veil that blinds our thoughts towards our gifts. Most of us will be able to see ourselves somewhere within the pages of this book. We will then have the chance to overcome the lies that have kept us from believing that we can enjoy the wonderment of creating with the talent we possess."
--from the foreword by Thomas Blackshear, illustrator, painter, and creator of the limited edition prints, "Forgiven" and "Coat of Many Colors"

"To be an artist, receiving the vision and applying creativity may not be enough. Janice Elsheimer models, and suggests to the reader, many of the practical ways of living the fruitful artist?s life. Packed with lived-out illustrations of what it takes in the way of discipline and daily dedication to respond to God's creative call, this book blesses and illuminates."
--Luci Shaw, poet and author, The Angles of Light, Water My Soul, and Friends for the Journey (with Madeleine L?Engle)

"Following The Creative Call made me realize that my creative spirit was not being given free reign. I'm thankful to Janice for listening to God's creative call in her own life and sharing her vision with us."
--Rev. Sarah H. Gaede, Orlando, Florida

"Human creativity has been like a prodigal longing to return to its father. Janice Elsheimer guides the artist home."
--Erwin Raphael McManus, lead pastor of Mosaic, artist, futurist, and author of An Unstoppable Force

"The Creative Call will reawaken and embolden artists to take responsibility for naming, developing, and expressing their creative gifts. The exercises here have the potential to transform an artist's understanding of who God originally created him or her to be, and to provide courage and discipline to actually produce work! I highly recommend that groups of artists work through this material in the context of community, to encourage and challenge one another."
--Nancy Beach, programming director and teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church

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  1. Laurie Jones
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 16, 2007
    Laurie Jones
    Many times books having to do with artistic creativity are very New Age but this book is not. It is very inspiring and very biblical. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with being an artist of any kind. My talent, I learned, is God-given and I need to express myself in the way He created me. I praise God for speaking to me through this wonderful book. I have created much art from the inspiration the Holy Spirit gave me while reading it.
  2. Evelyn McCurdy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 6, 2002
    Evelyn McCurdy
    As a painter who had hit a dry spell, this book, The Creative Call, has helped me to rethink the whole process of "art making". I now see each painting as a gift, a "love note" from God. I also see both the process and the finished work as an act of service, a means of worship, once I have committed that work to the LORD (Prov 16:3) and have opened up "to the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit" (p161). More than ever, I see myself as a vessel, an instrument for God to use for His creative expression. And, as the author writes, I too have begun to see my painting as "a pathway to a closer relationship with God, not as a glorification of myself" (p65). Janice's clear and insightful writing thoughtfully guides the artist (and would-be artist) to a new place - a place of pure gratitude and love for God and for the gift, which He has given.
  3. Don Pape
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 1, 2001
    Don Pape
    Oh to start over again!!Whether you are an energetic sixteen year-old or an octogenarian, embrace THE CREATIVE CALL. This is a wonderful cry for us all to follow our Creator God in the quest for beauty - whether in the garden, the kitchen or on the potters wheel. Thank you Janice for a great reminder to embrace creativity as an act of obedience.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Janice Elsheimer
Located in: Winter Park, FL
Submitted: June 12, 2001

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I think of myself not as a "Christian writer" but as a writer who is a Christian. As a consultant and teacher who specializes in helping people understand and nurture the creativity within themselves and others, I appreciate the undeniable connection between artistic and spiritual development. I've taught creative writing, language arts, and gifted studies for almost twenty-five years, working with people from kindergarten through college. I also work as a consultant with groups of adults who are interested in rekindling their artistic abilities as part of their path to spiritual maturity. I hold a master¬ís degree in gifted education and work part-time as a teacher of gifted students. Since beginning to reawaken my own talents as an artist, I have won awards for both my poetry and my essays, have begun to once again resurrect my talents as a musician, and am excited to discover new talents that are only just emerging. I practice my art in Winter Park, Florida, where I live with my husband, Seth, who is a chemistry professor, and actor and a singer.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  While working through "The Artist's Way," by Julia Cameron with a group of Christian artists, I became aware of the need in the Christian community for a biblically based guide for reawakening one's artist self. Although many Christians have written on the subject of creative renewal as a means for spiritual growth, I could not find a study guide that could be used as a course in artistic revival. I wanted a book that could be used in a group or individually, and I wanted it to be clearly targeted at the Christian artist. More than anything, I wanted a book that spent emphasized positive movement toward a more arts-driven life rather than a book that dwelled on all the reasons we tend not to be productive artists. I chose not to make this a "recovery" or a "feel-good" book, but rather a work based on what the Bible and the great Christian minds throughout the ages have had to say on the subject of using one's artistic talents. Through leading numerous groups from every range of the Christian spectrum, I have seen what "The Creative Call" can do to change people's lives.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that what people will gain from this book is a belief that God didn't give us artistic talents in order to frustrate us and make us feel guilty for not using them (or guilty and irresponsible when we do!) He wants us to become co-creators with him. By using our gifts and talents, we not only will become more fulfilled people, we will also grow in our relationship with him. What people who have read the "The Creative Call" report is rediscoving the joy of living a more creative and artistic life. They learn to quit feeling guilty for taking the time that they need to work on their art. They learn how to simplify their lives and make the time and space they need to become the artists God created them to be. And most of all, they discover that the more they turn to the Holy Spirit as their muse and seek to follow God's guidance in taking their talent where he wants it to go, the more content, fulfilled and spiritually mature they become.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The writings of Madeleine L'Engle, whom I quote extensively throughout the book, have been a source of inspiration for me. Other authors whom I admire are are C. S. Lewis, Joanne Laufer and Kenneth Lewis, Anne Lamott, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Natalie Goldberg. Julia Cameron's groundbreaking work in the area of connecting artistic renewal with a more New Age definition of spiritual growth influenced me to attempt a Christian book on the same subject. The Bible as a rich source of encouragement to artists was indespensible in the creation of this book.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I am available to lead workshops and retreats based on the concepts put forth in "The Creative Call." I can be contacted through Harold Shaw Publishers, or through my e-mail address:

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