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The most important work of art is the life that we create.

In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus—author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles—pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renais-sance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art. There are no shortcuts to quality, and McManus celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves.

McManus demonstrates that we all carry within us the essence of an artist. We all need to create, to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true, in order to allow our souls to come to life. It's not only the quality of the ingredients we use to build our lives that matters, but the care we bring to the process itself. Just as with baking artisan bread, it's a process that's crafted over time. And God is the master artisan of our lives. With poignant, inspirational stories and insights from art, life, history, and scripture interspersed throughout, McManus walks readers through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder.

About the Author

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality. An artist, entrepreneur, and thought leader, he is also the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles, California. McManus is the author of Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity. His travels have taken him to over fifty countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, from professional athletes to Wall Street investors, universities, film studios, and conferences around the world. McManus has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's of divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a doctorate of humane letters from Southeastern University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062270273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062270276
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality.

Erwin is an artist, entrepreneur, and cultural thought leader who is also the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity, and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America.

Engaging such issues as culture, creativity, change, and leadership, Erwin is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator, poet, and wordsmith. His travels have taken him to over 50 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, from professional sports, Wall Street investors, universities, film studios, and conferences across the world.

McManus is the author of Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity. His newest book, The Artisan Soul: Crafting your Life into a Work of Art, will be released Feb 25, 2014.

Erwin Raphael McManus sees the imagination as the principle vehicle through which we create a better self, a better world, and a better future. He argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. Creativity, McManus contends, is a natural expression of our spirituality. When we are most fully alive we create out of love all that is good and beautiful and true.

Erwin has a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Jones on May 24, 2014
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I was excited to read this book because I thought it'd help me know more about my faith and my creativity. Little did I know at that point that it would change the way that I live and the way I interact with others! This is not a book about creativity, this is a manifesto for your soul. And it is good.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nathan W Neighbour on February 25, 2014
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This book is a powerful perspective shift! Erwin's writings have caused me to see my life a creative act, rather than a fixed set of events and people that happen to me.

There is so much freedom and passion available in these pages!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kiser on February 25, 2014
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Erwin McManus is a revolutionary writer, thinker, speaker and visionary! His ideas are unlike anyone I've ever known and his influence has changed my life. This book speaks to the core of the reason for our existence, something every human can benefit greatly from. "We are all artists at work and works of art!" Get this book!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Arcos on February 25, 2014
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i love this book and this conversation. if you're tired of everyone else getting the bonus features in life with living creative and you've always wanted to- this is your book! walk through the pages and DO SOMETHING! Erwin Mcmanus is great at challenging us all to live greatly- to live the life we were born to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JD Williams on June 4, 2014
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love how he weaved theology of art / creativity together with the Creator. i missed a bit of his own personal narrative, my only criticism is that it feels a bit too heady, and i feel like McManus, who is a creative genius, missed a golden opportunity to show me who he is and why he has been an artistic catalyst for years. but very well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By snail on May 14, 2014
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Eloquently written, thorough, and dripping with passion. Clearly, this is the essence of Erwin McManus and the result of years of his learning and thought and craft. This is exactly what I needed. I'm at a place where I feel my heart changing and craving to create; how good it feels to know I have good company.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ashlee Abernethy on February 25, 2014
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Really profound and thought provoking. Erwin's perspective is so universally applicable and really just changed the way I see myself and the world around me. Phenomenal!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim on July 1, 2014
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the read. Inspiring, uplifting and thoughtful with a firm footing in the realities of life and the creative process. I have read and followed Erwin's writings, teachings and journey for years and I believe this is his greatest work yet! Imagine, Create, Risk...
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