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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso at DailyLearners.com

The Creative Call

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.

7 comments to The Creative Call

  • Looking forward to it!
    .-= David Kline´s last blog ..Connecting the Dots =-.

  • Hi David: Are you going to read along with me?
    ~Terry

  • My sister was in Janice’s original class in Orlando as the book was evolving. I saw her bloom as a creative person and soon started my own journey through this amazing book. Since then, I’ve become a speaker, guest columnist for our newspaper and internet entreprenuer. It’s more than just a book.

  • Hi Becky:

    How wonderful it must have been for your sister to be in that first class. It sounds like you and your sister truly used Janice’s message to find the creative path God had planned for you. I would love to hear more of your story.

    ~Terry

  • Patty Schoene

    I have read The Creative Call and done the exercises both in groups and individually. Soon after going through it, I began to paint, and have found great pleasure in developing my confidence as an artist. I also have developed more as a writer. I am not as grounded in the Biblical beliefs as Janice is, but that is not a barrier to enjoying and benefiting from reading the book and doing the exercises either alone or with a group. I think this is very interesting for you to develop an online group to discuss the book. Now that school is ending for the summer, as a teacher I will have more time to reconnect with my own creative call. I will check back in with you as I do.

  • Megan Ede

    Hi Terry,
    Have just stumbled upon your blog. I have started the Creative Call book, with a group of five ladies. We are only up to chapter 2, and I am loving it! I’m loving the daily journalling (most days), and love to write my journals as letters to God, and then a letter back from Him to me 🙂 First thing in the morning is a really special time, but I don’t always achieve that 🙂 I’m excited to see the diversity in what each of us in our group will get out of doing the course, and know that it’s going to be unique to all of us.

  • Hi Megan:
    Yes, “The Creative Call” can be a boost to anyone wanting to increase their creativity. It is amazing how each person works through the book and pulls out what is important to them at the time. I love writing in my journal as well. I usually end up writing prayers to God asking for his guidance. I know He listens to all our requests and sends answers that apply to our own unique situation. I hope you and the others enjoy reading Janice Elsheimer’s book.

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