Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom  -     By: Wendy Speake, Kelli Stuart
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Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom

Kregel Publications / 2016 / Paperback

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Inspiring and encouraging, Life Creative celebrates the ways mothers can live their art in the midst of their mothering. They tell the stories of women such as author and speaker Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard who do just that. By following God's leading to embrace His gifts, renaissance moms can model the joy of obedience for their families.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825444101
ISBN-13: 9780825444104

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  1. Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement for creative women (especially mothers)
    November 15, 2016
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This isn't a how-to book for running a business, or for developing creativity, or for developing time for creative pursuits in the midst of a busy season of life, but it is a book full of encouragement for creative women (with scriptural backing), and yes, some tips for running a business, developing creativity (in oneself and one's kids), and finding the time.

    This is especially geared toward mothers, and that aspect I had a hard time connecting with, being as I am not a mother. However, there was a lot of good, applicable encouragement for creative women that one doesn't need children to appreciate.

    A couple highlights that impacted me:

    Recognizing the worth in our creative abilities: While I can accept that I'm quite creative, sometimes it's a struggle to find the worth in it. It's not earning a fortune, and I'm not providing a vital service, like doctors, farmers, and car mechanics; nor is much of my creative work overtly spiritually uplifting. However, the authors emphasize that using these creative abilities--in whatever capacity we are talented--is an act of worship, full of worth. God gave us these desires and talents and abilities for a purpose, and it is to His glory when we use them; saying that they aren't worth much belittles His good work.

    Another aspect of worth the authors discuss is the placing of monetary values on our creative goods and services. It can be hard to charge for something that isn't a necessity, especially when we struggle with not feeling like a professional at our craft. And while the authors acknowledge that one should listen to God first on whether to charge or not to charge, they also emphasize that one should not be afraid to make a profit--the worker is worthy of his wages. And a lot of times things we create are truly A LOT of work and worth monetary compensation.

    The importance of partnering with our family: This was one of my learning areas, as I tend to do a thing on my own (sometimes secretively, especially for something in which I don't have a lot of confidence in the outcome) and then maybe discuss it later if it was successful. However, the authors point out that it's a blessing to have the blessing of one's family--husband, kids, whoever. Chances are, they will be supportive and encouraging, helping in the areas one is not strong, if one only gives them the chance. "Creative woman, your husband is for you, not against you . . . even if he doesn't always understand you. You are two different personalities there in one flesh, and it can rub something awful. Still, if you feel called by God to do something more, then you've been called to do more together." (134).

    There's a lot more in here, with recognition of boundaries, what to do if one doesn't have the blessing of one's family, how to incorporate family into one's creative pursuits, how to encourage creativity in one's children, and things the bible has to say about mothers and creativity (yes, it's there! Check out the Proverbs 31 woman). I definitely recommend it to both those who are creative and those who wish they were--chances are you actually are, and this book can help you see it. And also for any woman who is a mom and still wishes for a little more out of life.
  2. upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    great read for mothers!
    October 22, 2016
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Life Creative: inspiration for today's renaissance mom" is a great, inspiring book for each and every mother to read. Wendy and Kelli share their hearts and their passions in this book and I felt as if they were talking directly to me. I had never really thought of myself as a artistic person, but I am creative at times with certain things such as baking, creating holiday projects with my kids. However, at times I feel like I want to do more, but can't because of time limits and responsibilities. I love how this book helped me to see that I am actually being more creative in my life than I thought. Wendy and Kelli share how mothers can share their passion, share their creativity with their children and families and do all this while turning a house into a home. This is such a great reminder that even though at certain stages of motherhood it feels as if we are confined at home, but this does not mean that our creativity and passion have to be confined as well.
  3. Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement For Women
    October 20, 2016
    Madeover
    Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A book filled with helpful inspiration for women. Although the target audience is busy moms

    I think that all women could enjoy it and get a great deal of encouragement.

    I think we as women no matter what season we're in can use a little encouragement.

    However I feel that the target audience could be bogged down a little.

    The book is filled with stories, poetry, quotes and scripture.

    I liked the illustrations between parts there were drawings of different things like:

    as stand mixer, a whisk, a music note, a paint pallet, a feather, a camera and more.

    The lovely paisley cover design is repeated on every page of the book.

    I point these features out because I thought the book was long. It was a lot to read.

    The addition of the artwork just makes it longer.

    Each chapter is over 10 pages long. An actually is a lot to read.

    It isn't the type of book I feel you can enjoy when you only have small snippets of time in your schedule. I know when I was young mom and even now with the busy schedule that I have that I prefer a book that is written with shorter sections to read.

    There is great content.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Life Creative
    October 16, 2016
    tammycookblogsbooks
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    After reading Life Creative, I discovered that the authors, Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart, believe the same as me - that everyone is creative, even if they don't see it or believe it! I am so glad that there is a book out there for people who haven't found out how creative they truly are. The authors take moms on a journey of reading about being in the "dark ages" of new motherhood that turns into being a "Renaissance Mom", happily creating all that she was made to do.

    I am creative by nature so this book didn't speak a lot to me, as I was/am already there. I didn't put aside or lose all creativity after my children were born. My creativity is what kept me sane at times!

    The cover of this book is what drew me to it. But once I started reading, I knew it was not really intended for me. I also had some trouble getting into the book's style of writing. For example "Creative mom, lean in just a bit closer, because I've got a pearl for you to string and wear..." Many examples of real life women who choose to work from home so they could still be creative and be a part of their kids daily life are shown in this book. Also stressed is how social media has made it so easy for moms to be creative. I like how creativity is defined in this book, showing it's not just writing and painting. I feel many readers will find out just creative they truly are by what they are doing in their everyday life. This book seems best suited to those who have yet to discover their own version of creativity. I was provided a complimentary review copy of Life Creative. 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.
  5. Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blessed By This Amazing Book
    September 18, 2016
    Living Boldly
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am so glad to have had the opportunity to read Life Creative. What an encouraging and well-written book for moms or anyone who is trying to balance their creativity with family life.

    As a creative woman and also a mother, I thought that I had to put my creative pursuits aside while raising my children. I believed that in order to focus on my children, I did not have time to be creative and make art, too. But as I read Life Creative, I learned that creativity and motherhood go hand in hand. God made me to be creative, and motherhood is an extension of His creativity. I also learned that my creativity is meant to be shared, a gift to bless others, and a gift to bless my family as I may earn an income from selling my art.

    I am so thankful for Life Creative, it's a book everyone needs to read, especially women, regardless of the stage of motherhood. Life Creative is a wonderful book and I am honored to recommend it highly.

    I would like to share a quote from a segment of a question and answer interview with author Kelli Stuart:

    Q: "WHAT ENCOURAGEMENT CAN YOU OFFER TO THE MOM IN WHAT YOU DESCRIBE AS THE DARK AGES OF MOTHERHOOD, OR FOR WHOM THE ART AND CREATIVITY SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN LOST?"

    KELLI: "Hold on, sweet mom. It really is true that the days are long but the years are short. The children need so much of you in the early years, but there are days coming when youll find yourself with more time in your days, and the inspiration will be there waiting for you. In the meantime, look for ways you can use your artistic gifts right there where you are, inside the walls of your home, with your children, your most beautiful creations."

    Life Creative is definitely a book I will read again and again.

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