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Jonathan has put together a great devotional for anyone who wants to see their world in a unique way. Whether you’re creative or even part-creative, this book will help you grow in both your craft and your walk with God—in only 30 days!
Mark Batterson, New York Times Bestselling author of The Circle Maker and Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC

Jonathan Malm is one of the most creative, faith-filled people I know. You'll find no better guide to help you discover your great gift to the world.
Ben Arment, author of Dream Year

I’m of the opinion that better humans make better art. I’m also of the opinion that after 30 days with Jonathan’s thoughts you’ll be better at both. A simple, yet provocative journey through scripture and the creative mind, this devotional is one worth reading.
Blaine Hogan, creative director at Willow Creek Community Church

Created for More was created with you in mind!   This devotional is Jonathan Malm’s heartbeat.  His passion to help awaken the spiritual act of creativity within each of us is evidenced throughout these pages.  This will be a valuable resource not only for you but also for the teams of creatives you lead. 
Jenni Catron, Church Leader and author of CLOUT: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence 

This is an honest, heart-felt guide to growing closer to God. Like a lot of people, I'm pretty skeptical of impractical, fluffy devotionals—but this is anything but that. We were all created for more, and this book will help you understand why.
Jeff Goins, author of The Art of Work and Wrecked

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Are you compartmentalizing God?

If you ever feel like your times spent praying or trying to read the Bible are disconnected from the rest of your day, you need this book.

Your devotional times aren’t supposed to be isolated from your life; the God who created you also calls you to create—whether that is a business, a family, a book, a photograph, a website, a sermon, or a meal.

Created for More ties together our drive to create and our desire for God. Spend 30 days learning to be more than you thought you could be. Be humble. Be intentional. Be limited. Be parallel. Be invested. Be brave.

Be a creator as you draw near to the God who created you.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080241219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802412195
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful concept from Malm, you need to pick this up in paper format so you can take plenty of notes. Have a pen ready when you read this, because you'll be challenged to process life in a new way. This book does a wonderful job of bringing some fresh, biblical, perspective. "The act of creating things is a very spiritual thing", he writes in this book, and I couldn't agree more. Jonathan does a great job of bringing some quality, spiritual, perspective to the process of creating.
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One of my favorite aspects to ponder about God is him as Creator. I like to think that when I have moments of creativity, the energy coursing through me is His Spirit, and that my times of dreaming up new ideas are like prayer times for connecting with my Creator God. The times I feel so close to His soft whisper are when I'm writing or envisioning a new children's book or even singing a made up tune as I wash dishes. I think God is in those moments, and I was excited to see a book written from this perspective.

Jonathan Malm, in his devotional Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World in a New Way, hopes to "awaken the spiritual act of creativity" within us by pairing scripture readings, devotions and a creative challenge. I'm going to focus on this hands-on component of the devotional, because I think that's what sets it apart from most other devotionals.

Malm seems to target those who work in creative professions, since the challenges often involve taking an existing work task and modifying it (cut your resources in half or move the deadline up) or looking at it from a new perspective (avoiding familiar techniques or creating your work in public). Most of the ideas have a clear tie-in to the particular focus for the day's devotion. For example, performing your art in public is paired with a devotion on being brave and resisting the urge to fear others' opinions.

There were also some sillier ideas, such as choosing your least favorite cartoon character and modifying him until he became "edgy" or walking into a room and envisioning how you might conduct an Ocean's 11-type heist.
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Many devotionals are hard for people to connect to their daily lives. It isn't that the devotions are bad, it is just that people are different. Jonathan Malm decided to write a devotional for the creative side, still theologically correct, but made to encourage the creativity given by God. Created for More is meant to bring you in line with God's will while pushing you to do more with what He has given you.

God-honoring creativity is often talked about, but Created for More goes beyond that. Malm explains why we should use the gifts provided by God, and does so in a way that appeals to the creative and non-creative alike. With each devotion, he gives challenges and ways to try applying the lesson to your life.

Two thoughts stuck with me, even after moving to the next day, be ready to fail and be limited. I know that failing is going to happen, but getting passed that voice that hounds when you try something can be hard. Both failing and limitations require that you depend wholly on God for strength.

Though set up to be read over the course of 30 days, it has a Table of Contents that you could use to change up your daily reading. Each day only takes a few minutes to read, but gives you plenty to go through the day with.

I received a free copy of Created for More from Moody Publishers in exchange for this review.
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I usually start the day with morning pages, a la The Artists Way, and this book has been giving me some good ideas for things to think about in terms of work and religion and life and how it all works together.
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By Aidyl on February 20, 2016
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Why I Choose this Book

I'm a writer. This is a book about being a creative Christian and so of course I wanted to read it.

What I Thought about this Book

I liked it a lot. It's supposed to be read over a thirty day period and each "chapter" is about three pages long with a lot of white space. There's a title, then a quote, then a passage from the Bible (sometimes just a verse), then prayer starter, then there's a "Change the Way You Think" section, and it ends with a challenge. The layout is pretty cool and I'm not sure what it is, but it doesn't feel overwhelming in the least bit. Instead if feels... Comfortable. Don't ask me why, but it kinda reminds me of sitting in a comfy living room with my feet tucked up under me and a great creative discussion going on.

Created for More was a very easy read. I breezed right through it. (Yes, I know it's supposed to be read over 30 days, but because of a deadline with this review and being out of the state I didn't have 30 days to spend on it. I do plan on re-reading it sometime soon and doing it right the next time.) There was so much about thinking out side of the norm and coming up with new ideas. (Total win, there!)

My favorite part was the challenge at the end of each day. I love thinking in creative ways, and each challenge was about stretching ourselves and thinking in new ways. The "prayer starter" isn't something I generally enjoy in books, (it was just ideas about how to pray that went along with the subject of each chapter), so I skim-read most of them.

Conclusion

I want to look up more books by Jonathan Malm. He seems like a pretty interesting author. I enjoyed his perspective and creativity and agreed with almost everything he said.
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