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The Creative Call: An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit (Writers' Palette Book) Kindle Edition

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"Janice Elsheimer's book will be an invaluable aid for artists in all fields, helping the creative person to get closer to the Source of true creativity."
--Bryan Savage, bestselling saxophonist/flutist with albums including "Cat Food," "Soul Temptation," and "Rush Hour"

"Chapter-by-chapter, with thought-provoking words and exercises, Janice lifts the veil that blinds our thoughts towards our gifts. Most of us will be able to see ourselves somewhere within the pages of this book. We will then have the chance to overcome the lies that have kept us from believing that we can enjoy the wonderment of creating with the talent we possess."
--from the foreword by Thomas Blackshear, illustrator, painter, and creator of the limited edition prints, "Forgiven" and "Coat of Many Colors"

"To be an artist, receiving the vision and applying creativity may not be enough. Janice Elsheimer models, and suggests to the reader, many of the practical ways of living the fruitful artist?s life. Packed with lived-out illustrations of what it takes in the way of discipline and daily dedication to respond to God's creative call, this book blesses and illuminates."
--Luci Shaw, poet and author, The Angles of Light, Water My Soul, and Friends for the Journey (with Madeleine L?Engle)

"Following The Creative Call made me realize that my creative spirit was not being given free reign. I'm thankful to Janice for listening to God's creative call in her own life and sharing her vision with us."
--Rev. Sarah H. Gaede, Orlando, Florida

"Human creativity has been like a prodigal longing to return to its father. Janice Elsheimer guides the artist home."
--Erwin Raphael McManus, lead pastor of Mosaic, artist, futurist, and author of An Unstoppable Force

"The Creative Call will rea...

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Perhaps you're a "closet writer" who's been scribbling in journals for years. Maybe you once had a passion for playing the piano or violin--a passion that is still flickering somewhere deep inside you. You may have a knack for photography, drawing, gardening, cooking, or some other creative gift. Or you may long to express yourself creatively, but have yet to discover your unique talents.

Your creativity was meant be used. Whether you are an artist who has already identified your gifts or you believe that you have artistic talent that has never been developed, working through this book will help you grow closer to becoming the person God has designed you to be.

*LEARN TO CALL ON THE HOLY SPIRIT AS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
* EXERCISE YOUR ARTISTIC GIFT REGULARLY AND BEGIN TO
THINK OF YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST.
* DEVELOP THE HABIT OF JOURNALING AS A WAY TO REALIZE UNLOCKED CREATIVITY
AN EIGHT-WEEK PROGRAM FOR FULLY DEVELOPING YOUR ARTISTIC GIFTS
AND ENTERING INTO A CLOSER UNION WITH GOD. INCLUDES A RETREAT GUIDE.
FOR INDIVIDUAL USE OR GROUP STUDY.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 4, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RLTF7A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Janice Elsheimer was born on her mother's birthday in Louisville, KY in 1950. In 1965 her family moved to Winter Park, FL, a small city near Orlando she still calls home. When she was 23, she moved with 5 friends to the Ozark Mts. in Northwest Arkansas where she and her first husband built their house by hand and tried to tame twenty-five acres of mountaintop land. The deer won. During those 13 years Janice learned every aspect of house building. She gardened, gave birth to her son James, taught English at Mountainburg High School, earned her MA in gifted education at the University of Arkansas, and kept on writing in her journal.

Her first book, THE CREATIVE CALL, was published by Shaw Books/WaterBrook Press/Random House when she was 51. Now in its 10th printing, it continues to gain followers via word of mouth and hand to hand. THE CREATIVE CALL won an ECPA Silver Medallion as one of five best inspirational Christian nonfiction books of 2001. Writing this book was her personal answer to the creative call. In June 2012 it was published in Korean, the first foreign language translation.

Her second book, WORD WEAVERS, co-authored with Eva Marie Everson, is about how to form and operate a successful writers' critique group. They wrote it to provide a handbook for those attending her workshops as well as for anyone wanting to learn about a highly effective way to give and receive critique within a community of writers. This self-published book is, unfortunately, out of print, but electronic copies can be purchased through her website.

GARDEN GRACES: THE WISDOM IN GROWING THINGS was released by Beacon Hill Press in March 2010. Illustrated by nationally acclaimed botanical artist Redenta Soprano, this beautiful book grew out of the author's many hours spent working, thinking, "breathing in," and gathering wisdom from the practice of growing things. The book can best be described as an exploration of gardening as a metaphor for personal and spiritual growth.

Janice supports her writing habit through her editing and writing coach business, as well as keynoting local and national artist and writers' conferences. Her passions are her family, her friends, writing, gardening, coaching emerging writers, playing piano in her band at Orlando Community Church, playing the hammered dulcimer, and encouraging folks to reconnect with their creativity by seeing the practice of their art as a path to self-actualization.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn McCurdy on March 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a painter who had hit a dry spell, this book, The Creative Call, has helped me to rethink the whole process of "art making". I now see each painting as a gift, a "love note" from God. I also see both the process and the finished work as an act of service, a means of worship, once I have committed that work to the LORD (Prov 16:3) and have opened up "to the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit" (p161). More than ever, I see myself as a vessel, an instrument for God to use for His creative expression. And, as the author writes, I too have begun to see my painting as "a pathway to a closer relationship with God, not as a glorification of myself" (p65). Janice's clear and insightful writing thoughtfully guides the artist (and would-be artist) to a new place - a place of pure gratitude and love for God and for the gift which He has given.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Pamela K. Fisher on May 28, 2004
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As a journalist and arts critic, I've found it all too easy to lose a sense of the "holy" in writing for newspaper deadlines. Often, I ignore the spiritual stirring to write something personal -- not for print, because it isn't practical or saleable. I had come to see my gift as a commodity.
Somehow as a professional writer, I lost the sense of writing as an act of worship, incarnational and transforming. The Creative Call reminded me that creating is holy business, to and for our Creator -- for the sheer delight of creating. This book encourages accountability and stewardship of our gifts.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan on June 9, 2006
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I'm only half-way into this book, but it's life changing. This book is aimed to help you integrate your art into your Christian life and walk with God (be it writing, cooking, visual arts or performance). She walks you step by step to exercises to help unlock your talent and help you hear from God, including scripture memory and journaling.

This book is aimed at someone who just wants to look deeper at their gift, or someone who has squashed their creative gift, or even someone who is trying to uncover exactly what it is.

Excellent!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robin Maria Pedrero on March 13, 2002
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I grabbed up The Creative Call in the midst of artistic anxiety. I earnestly read and did the assignments. Some of the assignments reaffirmed what I already knew but I had not been taking action. I am thankful for Janice's words encouraging me to stay on task. There are other parts of the book which required me to do some deep spiritual digging.Then some people call it synchronicity others know the touch of God's hand as people came into my path and events started to emerge. To my joy a group began doing the book on a weekly basis. We share and discover more. The memorization verses spring up as we immerse ourselves in His word. I came to such an epiphany and will continue to follow the guidelines in the book. I had always believed in the Lord working through my hands but now I see my work as a form of worship. I have passed on my enthusiasm and belief to everyone at Gallery523. Wishing you a good journey too.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brown on February 24, 2006
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I have be challenged in this book as an artist to set aside time to do art in my everyday life. This book helps you get past your fears, so you can feel proud to call yourself an artist. This book challenges you to really pray about what God wants you to do with your art. I love that the book motivates you to start using your God given abilities, and stop putting them on the back shelf as less important.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Bracey on September 21, 2005
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This book is excellent for those who are stuck, procrastinating or minimize the value of using the gift of art given to them. I found this book practical in exposing self sabotaging behaviors such as not making time for art, using finances as an obstacle and even our own families. The journaling and introspective questions at times were difficult but very revealing to my specific issues. What this book doesn't do is address how the artist can use their gift as a ministry tool and the place of arts in the church. You can find that in The heart of the Artist by Royland.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DeAnne L. Parks on February 25, 2006
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This is an excellent book. I've done Julia Cameron's, The Artist's Way" and loved it but Creative Call goes a step further.

Using Biblical references, prayer and journaling, Creative Call takes you through an eight week journey of creative discovery.

God gave you your creative gifts for a reason and he intends for you to use them to his glory. Creative Call contains excercises that help you explore how to make time for your art, forgiveness of those who have discouraged you (it may be you) and encourages taking steps to get started. If you feel God has given you a creative gift and you're ready to find out what to do with it, this is the book for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eveline Maedel on April 10, 2006
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It was truly refreshing to find a book on creativity that was also deeply rooted in the Christian faith. The book helped me to explore not only my creative side, but also how that ties into my faith life. I underlined several passages, as so much of what was written resonated with what was going on in my life.

This is a great novel for jump-starting your creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed working through the exercises.
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