- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801075181
- ISBN-13: 978-0801075186
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 216 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The work you do today matters for eternity.
We were created by an infinitely creative God to reflect his love and character to the world. One way we do that is by continuing his creative work. In this energizing book, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author Jordan Raynor helps artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and other creatives reimagine our work as service to God and others, addressing such penetrating questions as
· Is my work as a creative really as important as that of a pastor or missionary?
· What does it look like to create not to make a name for myself but to glorify God and serve others?
· How can I use my work to fulfill Jesus's command to create disciples?
· Will what I make today matter in eternity?
Includes compelling stories from an eclectic group of 40+ Christian entrepreneurs, including the founders of TOMS Shoes, Charity: Water, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Guinness, HTC, and Sevenly as well as nontraditional entrepreneurs such as C. S. Lewis, Johann Sebastian Bach, and J. R. R. Tolkien.
"Creating a purpose-driven business or a nonprofit can be one of the significant ways to live out the gospel and serve others around you. This book will inspire and challenge you to action and change."--Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water
"Creativity is the natural and supernatural byproduct of a Spirit-filled life. I'm so thankful Jordan wrote this book to challenge the church to embrace creativity and entrepreneurship as a means of glorifying God and loving others!"--Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church
Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and bestselling author who currently serves as the CEO of the venture-backed tech startup Threshold 360. He is also a cofounder of Citizinvestor, the world's largest crowdfunding platform for government projects. Author of Startup Stories, Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in the Bush White House in 2006. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and their two young daughters.
About the Author
Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and bestselling author who leads a growing community of Christians following God's call to create. He currently serves as the CEO of the venture-backed tech startup, Threshold 360. He is also a cofounder of Citizinvestor, the world's largest crowdfunding platform for government projects. His book Startup Stories debuted in the #1 bestseller spot in multiple Amazon categories, including entrepreneurship and Christian business. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in the Bush White House in 2006. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and their two young daughters.
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As someone working towards being a professional photographer and attempting to start a baseball program, there were all kinds of helpful insights and encouragement. I really like the real-life stories; a lot of pretty amazing people out there.
Growing up in the Lutheran church*, the idea of vocation is not a new concept. And yet, it's so easy to forget and think that the "big players" for the kingdom are the missionaries, pastors, and those in some kind of full-time ministry. Raynor hammers home the point that EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON is a missionary, called to do their work for the glory of God. It's such a simple idea, summed up well in Colossians 3:23, but we still forget.
Called to Create will remind you of principles and values you already hold, give you new insights, and make you think about old things in a new way.
If you are a creative or wanting to get into a venture that is creative or just know some creatives and want to maybe understand and help them a little more, READ THIS BOOK!!!!
*maybe other denominations talk about this too, but it's a big thing in the Lutheran church.
I’ve read a lot of books about creativity (The Artisan Soul, Culture Making, Every Good Endevour, etc.) and I was a little concerned this would just say the same things as those, but Jordan really adds a lot of unique perspective to his stories.
I was also happy to find myself enjoying the entrepreneurial side of this book far more than I thought I would. I never saw myself as one, but now I see that all creatives are entrepreneurs as well.
Since reading it, it’s subtley changed the way I do business, strengthening my calling and identity in what I’m called to do as a creative and business owner.
I’d highly recommend this book. It will become a new classic for a modern era.
There is a vulnerable honesty in Called to Create, as if a Godly friend sat down with me over coffee and assured me, “we are in this together.” We as Christian creatives and entrepreneurs need one another and I find comfort in knowing there are others that face the same struggles. I cannot wait to see what God does through this book! Not just for me but the entire Called to Create community.
I know I will go back to the book often but it has left an impression on me I will carry for my lifetime-it’s not about me, it’s about God. My calling is “for the good of others,” showing, reflecting, revealing God’s character which all equals LOVE, my absolute favorite thing to write about.