I have been reading The Creative Call: An Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit by Janice Elsheimer. The book was given to me by a dear friend, Sara Parker. Sara and I go way back. I have written about Sara several times before. Sara read The Creative Call and decided that I needed to read it too. So she bought me a copy. Thank You, Sara!
Janice wrote The Creative Call after doing a twelve-week study of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I have read both The Artist’s Way and Walking in this World by Julia. Both are wonderfully inspiring books. I wrote a series of articles on Walking in This World. Click here to read those articles if you missed them.
The Creative Call evolved when it became apparent to Janice that many artists were looking for creative insight that was more Bible oriented. People in the twelve-week study group wished for a book that was about developing a more spiritual connection with God through creativity. Janice saw the need and began researching creativity and artistic development. The Creative Call is the result of all her work.
Reading books like this helps me get in a better place creatively. In order to help others with their creativity I want to share my thoughts and reactions to The Creative Call in another series of articles.
I will post an article every Wednesday as I work my way through the book. So, this Wednesday I will share the first article on the Introduction. The Creative Call has an introduction and eight chapters. I plan to spend at least nine weeks writing about this encouraging book.
My desire is to start a creativity discussion with my readers. I will use The Creative Call as a catalyst for conversation. I would love to get insight from others that have read or are reading the book. I would also enjoy having people read the book with me, do the suggested assignments, and make comments each week. Maybe some of you have blogs as well and have written articles about The Creative Call. I would like to get links to your articles.
I feel that there are so many of you out there that have much to say on the subject. Please join me in this project. I think you will be glad you did.