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

By Janice Elsheimer (Author)
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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.

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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.

*LEARN TO CALL ON THE HOLY SPIRIT AS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
* EXERCISE YOUR ARTISTIC GIFT REGULARLY AND BEGIN TO
THINK OF YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST.
* DEVELOP THE HABIT OF JOURNALING AS A WAY TO REALIZE UNLOCKED CREATIVITY
AN EIGHT-WEEK PROGRAM FOR FULLY DEVELOPING YOUR ARTISTIC GIFTS
AND ENTERING INTO A CLOSER UNION WITH GOD. INCLUDES A RETREAT GUIDE.
FOR INDIVIDUAL USE OR GROUP STUDY.
"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
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.

Awards and Recognitions
The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit by Janice Elsheimer has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2002 Nominee - Inspirational category


Citations And Professional Reviews
The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit by Janice Elsheimer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Retailing - 10/01/2001 page 20


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Shaw Books
Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 20, 2001
Publisher   Shaw Books
ISBN  0877881383  
ISBN13  9780877881384  


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Janice Elsheimer currently resides in Winter Park, in the state of Florida.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit?

What a blessing!  Jan 16, 2007
This book was a tremendous blessing as I thought, prayed, and wrote about what I read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to make their art an expression of worship to their Creator.
 
Wow!!  Jun 9, 2006
I'm only half-way into this book, but it's life changing. This book is aimed to help you integrate your art into your Christian life and walk with God (be it writing, cooking, visual arts or performance). She walks you step by step to exercises to help unlock your talent and help you hear from God, including scripture memory and journaling.

This book is aimed at someone who just wants to look deeper at their gift, or someone who has squashed their creative gift, or even someone who is trying to uncover exactly what it is.

Excellent!
 
Explore Creativity and Your Faith  Apr 11, 2006
It was truly refreshing to find a book on creativity that was also deeply rooted in the Christian faith. The book helped me to explore not only my creative side, but also how that ties into my faith life. I underlined several passages, as so much of what was written resonated with what was going on in my life.

This is a great novel for jump-starting your creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed working through the exercises.
 
Goes Deeper than Artist's Way into Faith  Feb 25, 2006
This is an excellent book. I've done Julia Cameron's, The Artist's Way" and loved it but Creative Call goes a step further.
Using Biblical references, prayer and journaling, Creative Call takes you through an eight week journey of creative discovery.
God gave you your creative gifts for a reason and he intends for you to use them to his glory. Creative Call contains excercises that help you explore how to make time for your art, forgiveness of those who have discouraged you (it may be you) and encourages taking steps to get started. If you feel God has given you a creative gift and you're ready to find out what to do with it, this is the book for you.
 
Challenge To Do...  Feb 25, 2006
I have be challenged in this book as an artist to set aside time to do art in my everyday life. This book helps you get past your fears, so you can feel proud to call yourself an artist. This book challenges you to really pray about what God wants you to do with your art. I love that the book motivates you to start using your God given abilities, and stop putting them on the back shelf as less important.
 

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