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About the Author

Jan Phillips is known internationally as a visionary thought leader, award-winning author and speaker. Her own quest has led her into and out of a religious community, across the U.S. on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. Her workshops cover many facets of creativity, some sponsored by the International Women's Writing Guild, and her award-winning photographs and feature articles appear in national publications such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Utne Reader, and many other national and regional publications. She has spoken and presented multimedia works at the National Organization for Women convention and at dozens of universities and spent three years as a contributing artist and coeditor of the annual Women Artists Datebook In Praise of the Muse. Jan is the author of many books on spirituality and creativity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; Quest ed edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835607593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835607599
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan Phillips is an evolutionary artist, author, workshop director and social activist. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the Livingkindness Foundation (www.livingkindness.org), a global network of grassroots philanthropists turning creativity into compassionate action. Jan is also co-founder of Syracuse Cultural Workers, publishers of artwork for social justice and global consciousness. (www.syracuseculturalworkers.com)
She has taught in 23 countries, made a peace pilgrimage around the world, produced 2 CDs of original music, and created several videos on the power of creativity to transform consciousness. Her other books include The Art of Original Thinking-The Making of a Thought Leader, Divining the Body, Marry Your Muse, God is at Eye Level--Photography as a Healing Art, Making Peace, Born Gay, and A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind.
As a performing artist/speaker, Jan brings music, poetry, and images to all her audiences, using the arts to inspire as well as inform. Blending east and west, art and activism, reflection and ritual, Jan's presentations provoke original thinking and evolutionary action. With stories, humor and cutting edge creativity, she connects the dots between science, spirituality and social action. Visit www.janphillips.com for her books, CDs, videos and calendar of workshops.

No matter what our attempts to inform,
it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.
--from Marry Your Muse

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Connie M. Vaughn on April 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read pretty much all the books on creativity (The Artists' Way, Natalie Goldberg, etc.) and maybe I'm just getting tired of all the "psychological work" that is beginning to get in the way of actually producing any art itself....I do like Jan Phillips' personal stories a lot, and as a fledgling writer, fashion illustrator/designer and performer I can relate to all the blocks and fears she discusses. But enough already!! I do not get the sense of "joy" that the PR blurb uses to describe her book at all, but much like Julia Cameron's, her art sounds like a prolonged, painful and complicated birthing process. Personally I am experimenting with taking a road of less resistance, trying to actually follow my own lightness and desire, and who knows, maybe I will come up with a helpful workshop of my own someday! In the meantime, I would recommend Sally Warner's "Making Room for Making Art" as a down-to-earth, practical view into how mostly unblocked, working artists effectively structure their lives and time.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
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If you haven't yet realized the joy and self-empowerment of participating in one of Jan Phillips' workshops, MARRY YOUR MUSE comes as close to that experience as any book could. Jan manages to infuse the magical energy she brings to her creative sessions into print, providing a wider audience with her inspiration and her affirmation that we are creative, spiritual beings--no matter what we've been led to believe. For those lucky enough to have written, danced, laughed, cried, created in a Jan Phillips workshop, the book is further confirmation of the promise of our Muse: that we can in fact partake in the joys of creativity, that this sacred transformation isn't reserved for a few elite individuals. "Do not doubt that you are born to create," she says, "Do not believe that the realm of art belongs only to others..." MARRY YOUR MUSE evolved from "The Artist's Creed," a prayer of commitment to her creativity that Jan wrote some years ago after leading a workshop at the annual International Women's Writing Guild summer conference (an event held every August at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY, at which she still teaches a weeklong session). However, the book is more than just "The Artist's Creed"--it's a meditation and a plan for action and a litany of stories about the joy of living a creative life. It dispels those nagging doubts about the existence of creativity in our lives-- and it stresses the importance of creating our art NOW, making time for it. My favorite Jan-quote is, "There are a lot of things we don't have in life, but time is not one of them. Time is all we have. One lifetime under this name to produce a body of work that says, 'This is how I saw the world.' Your work is worthy of whatever time it takes.Read more ›
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RedLetMJH@aol.com on May 5, 1998
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This book is very encouraging about honoring your own creative gifts, without making you feel GUILTY, which was my reaction to the book everyone goes on about, THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron - just made me want to curl up in bed and go back to sleep!! It was just too demanding - Do this! Do that!! Like you had all the time in the world to devote to "Creativity" - MARRY YOUR MUSE is a lot more accepting of who you are... there are suggestions for exercises you can do - and some good ideas and inspiring words, but they're not COMMANDMENTS - Thou shalt be CREATIVE!! Now, JUMP!!!! ("Too hard" says me - "let's see what's on TV!?") Jan Phillips takes it MUCH easier - she encourages rather than commands! My reaction is, "Sure!! This is DO-ABLE!! And worthwhile! And validating! What's next?"
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
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I have many books on writing and creativity. Jan's is the only one that I never shelve. It rests on my coffee table so that I can pick it up whenever I need encouragement or inspiration. She inspires, she reassures and her suggestions and exercises are easy to complete. Her wonderful collection of quotes which grace the margins spark insights. Her Artist's Creed reminds me I have a right to take the time to create whatever calls me at the moment. And you know from her words that she's lived everything she writes about. Don't miss this one!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By N. H. Turner on May 26, 2001
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As I read Marry Your Muse, I was constantly reminded of The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. The entire book sounded like a reworking of the information in Julia Cameron's book, which is ironic since Jan Phillips says to keep originality in mind as you begin your work. Her autobiograhical stories may, indeed, be original, but The "Artist's Creed" is simply a variation of "An Artist's Prayer" in The Artist's Way.
Marry Your Muse is for people who don't want to do all of the assignments that are included in The Artist's Way or The Vein of Gold.
The photographs are great.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bilz on May 29, 2003
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Jan Phillips took me on a journey I had never been. I had sensed this part of my inner being, but stayed out, afraid of the power I may find. Then my eyes got wider and wider as I turned each page and suddenly, without being conscious of my change, I trusted her honest voice and slowly let go of fears that had restrained me from being and creating more. I became deeper and truer, because Jan was deep and true. And my writing and art expanded.
Marry Your Muse is well-organized, rich and meaty, and void of fluff. Every chapter contains its distinct wisdom, realness, and a high calling to "Marry Your Muse."
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to go further in themselves and their art.
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