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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440310734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310737
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica-based mixed-media artist and writer who launched her own greeting card and gift line, Swirly, in 1995, which has since evolved into a strong line of licensees, freelance clients and retail partners that includes Target, Andrews McMeel Universal, Barnes & Noble and Girl Scouts of America. She maintains a strong audience on her website and blog and self-published her own book - Ordinary Sparkling Moments - in 2008. She is a contributor in three other NL titles - Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts, The Artist Unique by Carmen Torbus and Art Saves by Jenny Doh. Her mixed media work and inspiring sentiments are currently licensed for a wide array of gift items, including greeting cards, journals, and wall art, and she continues to teach and speak at workshops and retreats across the country. Visit her at christinemasonmiller.com

More About the Author

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara-based author and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring ever since she was a little girl. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work; the desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking.

Her latest project is The Conscious Booksmith - an online course for aspiring authors offering a mindful approach to creating your book. Visit www.animyst.com/online-workshops/the-conscious-booksmith/ for all the details.

Visit www.christinemasonmiller.com to follow all of her adventures.

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And that's why I'm so happy she wrote this book.
Sherry Richert Belul
"Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World" will open the door to your heart and soul and give space to that inner knowing, that inner voice.
Sandy Dempey
If you would like to understand yourself better, to be a better person and make a difference to the lives of others, I'd strongly recommend this book!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Dempey on January 15, 2012
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This book is pure food for the soul. I could not put it down. I gave up trying to copy inspirational passages after page 38 because there were just too many.

Christine weaves her own story about living a creative life throughout every chapter while also sharing the insights and stories of 19 other writers, artists, coaches, entrepreneurs and teachers.

"Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World" speaks to the quiet little part of you that secretly knows that you have a gift to contribute to the world, a gift that not only lifts you up, but has the potential to lift others up, too. So many times we suppress this inner knowing out of fear, lack of self-love and self-confidence and a host of other reasons. Many of us have suppressed this small voice for so many years it only whispers to us in the dark when we can't sleep, when we stop our busyness or in moments when discontent rears its ugly head. Then we hear, but, again, we may not listen.

"Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World" will open the door to your heart and soul and give space to that inner knowing, that inner voice. It's not just about following your heart, expressing your creative self, or making a living doing what you love. It is about becoming who you were born to be and meeting the responsibility of sharing your gifts. It's about sharing your truth, being true to yourself and making your world and the world around you better for it.

Through personal stories, sharing how others have overcome the many obstacles of living a creative, authentic life, a wide variety of exercises, inspirational quotes and page after page of beautiful images this book will help you begin `using your creative passion to transform the world', starting with your own.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer W. McCullough on January 8, 2012
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Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World is a beautiful book, reminding us that:

- We are not alone in the desire to inspire/be of service by bringing
our most authentic selves to the world.

- Amazing women all over the world are doing this very thing (and share
stories of this within Desire to Inspire).

- There is room for everyone to be of service by serving in their own
unique way.

- The world needs you to honor the call of the thing that lights you
up.

If you are craving wisdom, hope, support, and thoughtful exercises to help you with your own desire to inspire, this book is for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By melody r on December 28, 2011
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This book is so absolutely inspiring and full of mini-biographies of several incredibly creative women, most full-time artists, who use their gifts to make the world a better place, to help others and to make positively beautiful differences in every way imaginable. Also included are ideas and prompts and beautiful quotes that you will want to return to over and over again.

This is so much more than a "how-to" book....it is a look into the creative process and thoughts behind why all of these women do what they do...and a call to action to EVERY person to find a way to take your creative gifts to make your home, your community, your town, your state, your country, THE WORLD into a better place....

I LOVE IT! I will giving this book as a gift to many many friends.
Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maya Papaya on January 9, 2012
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Christine Mason Miller's "Desire to Inspire" is a hand to gracefully and supportively lift us creatives out of the muck of our isolation, self-criticism, and awkward navigation of our own place in the world. Christine and her warm and wise interviewees provide compassionate guidance and tools to help steer the ship of a life that yearns to make the most of its gifts. I love how many layers of intelligence are at work here, and the sense of knowing that Christine seems to have of her subject and her readers. There's something remarkably soulful about this book, a work of true art and heart. It's a spirit companion, an instruction manual for navigating the moonscape of questions about why we are here, doing what we do, a light to turn on when we lose our way. The power of these learnings is poignant and vital for our time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Brogan on January 8, 2012
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Upon opening and reading the first chapter, I was instantly aware that this book was not a showcase of art (though in fact it very much is and I reveled in so many pieces sprinkled liberally throughout the pages) but a map. A map of how to take my current self and transform it into my newer, brighter, better, MOST TRUE self. A map of how to do that while also moving forward with any tangible business/art goals I have. What Christine has done in this book is to say, "Hey you, you've got this dream you want to follow or find? Well, not only am I going to give you all of the right inspiration and motivation via my and other artists' stories, but I am also going to tell you a secret - you need a tool kit to do so." The chapters of her book are your tool kit. She lays out some of the most important elements to making your way wholeheartedly and genuinely with you dream. Aspects of the life of an artist, especially one making their way, that are not often pulled up and examined. But Christine did, and I'm so thankful she did. She's outlined how to transform and filled that outline with so much sparkling, inspiring content.

A beautiful book, both in artwork and text.
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