- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books (January 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440310734
- ISBN-13: 978-1440310737
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World Paperback – January 2, 2012
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About the Author
Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Monica-based mixed-media artist and writer who launched her own greeting card and gift line, Swirly, in 1995, which has since evolved into a strong line of licensees, freelance clients and retail partners that includes Target, Andrews McMeel Universal, Barnes & Noble and Girl Scouts of America. She maintains a strong audience on her website and blog and self-published her own book - Ordinary Sparkling Moments - in 2008. She is a contributor in three other NL titles - Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts, The Artist Unique by Carmen Torbus and Art Saves by Jenny Doh. Her mixed media work and inspiring sentiments are currently licensed for a wide array of gift items, including greeting cards, journals, and wall art, and she continues to teach and speak at workshops and retreats across the country. Visit her at christinemasonmiller.com
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Christine weaves her own story about living a creative life throughout every chapter while also sharing the insights and stories of 19 other writers, artists, coaches, entrepreneurs and teachers.
"Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World" speaks to the quiet little part of you that secretly knows that you have a gift to contribute to the world, a gift that not only lifts you up, but has the potential to lift others up, too. So many times we suppress this inner knowing out of fear, lack of self-love and self-confidence and a host of other reasons. Many of us have suppressed this small voice for so many years it only whispers to us in the dark when we can't sleep, when we stop our busyness or in moments when discontent rears its ugly head. Then we hear, but, again, we may not listen.
"Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World" will open the door to your heart and soul and give space to that inner knowing, that inner voice. It's not just about following your heart, expressing your creative self, or making a living doing what you love. It is about becoming who you were born to be and meeting the responsibility of sharing your gifts. It's about sharing your truth, being true to yourself and making your world and the world around you better for it.
Through personal stories, sharing how others have overcome the many obstacles of living a creative, authentic life, a wide variety of exercises, inspirational quotes and page after page of beautiful images this book will help you begin `using your creative passion to transform the world', starting with your own.
And that's why I'm so happy she wrote this book. Because this book is a guide to finding more color, joy, delight, and spontaneity in life. It is about seeing what might be hidden to us. It is about self-expression in a myriad of forms. It is about beauty and truth.
My disclaimer is -- I am still waiting for my book to arrive from Amazon! I haven't yet read the whole thing, but I've been fortunate enough to read excerpts and also interviews/articles about it by many of the women in the book. Everything I've read has made me feel more alive and inspired. I couldn't wait to leave a review here because the book has already been so uplifting to me! As someone who is NOT a visual artist, what I love is that the book is about finding inspiration and creativity in everyday life.
Here's what Christine Mason Miller has to say along those lines. (I LOVE this!):
"My creative passion seeps into almost everything I do, from making houseguests feel welcome to folding laundry. ... As innately creative creatures (I'm talking to you, Mr. and Ms. "I'm Not Creative At All!"), we have within us everything we need to fulfill our deep need for meaning and create a life that is in alignment with our most important values and passions. My greatest passions are my family, my art and writing, and travel, and balancing all those takes a great deal of flexibility, adaptability, persistence and - wait for it - creativity. I don't see these passions competing with one another, but each serving as an integral part of a beautiful whole, and I don't see the time and effort I put towards one as any more or less of a creative passion than something specifically artistic such as my mixed media artwork."
My book should arrive any day now. And I'll come back to update my review. But I just had to share right now in case there are other non-artists like me who are wondering if this book is right for them. If you're someone who wants more life in your life, this book is for you!
A beautiful book, both in artwork and text.