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Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom Paperback – September 27, 2016
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"Our creative lives are a dance--fluid and ever changing--rather than one stationary, perfect balance of family and faith. For years I thought creativity was limited to those onstage or at an easel, but a new day has dawned. Life Creative has painted an all-inclusive picture, inviting everyone to embrace their part in this present Renaissance." (Sarah Bragg, podcaster at SurvivingSarah.com 2016-07-21)
"Wendy and Kelli have told a beautiful and life-giving story, by telling the stories of many women--just like us--desiring to live the life creative and steward what they've been given. This book will make you aggressively grateful for the generation of women you've been born into, and it will read like a breath of fresh air, a reminder to run in the creative giftings you've been given." (Jess Connolly, author and speaker 2016-07-18)
"Kelli and Wendy understand that, yes, being a mom is about raising your children. But it's also about fully being the woman God created you to be and expressing His love like only you can. Their words will support, encourage, and cheer you on in the art and adventure of mothering." (Holley Gerth, Wall Street Journal best-selling author of You’re Already Amazing 2016-07-18)
"Mothers carry deep within them an innate desire to create beauty around them--whether it’s with shape or color, words or song. In Life Creative, Wendy and Kelli come alongside the artistic soul inside us all with their wisdom and insight on how to care for our families while also caring for the artist within . . . An absolute must-read for creative moms." (Denise J. Hughes, author of Word Writers and On Becoming a Writer 2016-07-18)
"This is a message that wondering, hungering, hurting, hoping hearts need!" (Becky Keife, blogger, speaker, and mom, BeckyKeife.com 2016-07-18)
"I never expected this life. When I stepped out of the workplace to minister to my boys at home, I didn't know God would also call me to minister to mothers of boys all over the world. For years, I've struggled through these joint callings, simultaneously sure and unsure of myself in both. But I am sure of God, the Master Creative, who doesn't make mistakes as He asks us to use our gifts for His glory. Is there any way to be a mom and be obedient to my creative calling? I believe there is, and I look to moms like Kelli and Wendy to inspire me as I figure it out. If you're a mom struggling through multiple callings, read this book." (Brooke McGlothlin, ocreator of The MOB Society 2016-07-18)
"The very first thing we learn about God in His word is that He 'created the heavens and the earth' (Gen. 1:1). We have a magnificently creative God who chose to make the pinnacle of His creation, humankind, in His image. Surely part of our image-bearing likeness to God is our ability to imagine and to create. Yet our creativity is sometimes lost in the busyness of life and mothering. In Life Creative, Wendy and Kelli offer fresh words of encouragement for moms to find natural, creative outlets right where they are--whether it is in a kitchen, on a canvas, through a lens, on a keyboard, or through some other medium. Wendy and Kelli's collection of stories about real-life creative moms is particularly inspiring and has led me to thoughtfully consider how I can best reflect the image of God through my own creative interests, as well as how I can model for my children the creative life that I desire for them to pursue as they mature." (Angie Mosteller, author of Christmas: Celebrating the Christian History of Classic Symbols, Songs 2016-07-18)
"In a culture laden with 'mommy guilt,' Life Creative is a must-read for every mother who wants to hone her God-given creative gifts while encouraging her children to do the same. After feeling torn between mothering my three small children and pursuing my passion for writing during the first six years of motherhood, I finally came to peace with God giving me desires and gifts to bring Him glory. Motherhood and the creative life need not be at odds with each other! Wendy and Kelli's book will help readers realize this from the get-go. New and seasoned mothers alike need to read this book." (Erin Odom, creator of thehumbledhomemaker.com 2016-07-18)
"I am breathless. These are the things I believe but didn't have words to articulate . . . things that my soul knows are truth. I'm going back to read it all again, slowly." (Mindy Rogers, teacher, writer, mom 2016-07-18)
"Never has there been a time like this for creative and artistic women to embrace the high calling of motherhood and the unique giftings God has given to each of us. There is indeed a movement--a Renaissance--of the creative woman, the creative mom. I’m grateful that Wendy and Kelli have chosen to encourage this generation of women, right now, to embrace their God-given creativity and steward it to the glory of God. This book is right on time." (Ruth Simons, artist and writer, GraceLaced.com 2016-07-18)
About the Author
Wendy Speake is an actress who appeared on shows such as JAG, Star Trek Voyager, and Roswell, where she discovered a longing to tell stories that edify women. Today she ministers to women through storytelling and biblical life applications. Her first book, Triggers, was released in 2015.
Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. A graduate of Baylor University with a degree in English Professional Writing, and a minor in the Russian language, Kelli has honed her skills in the written word through editing, ghostwriting, blogging, and traveling the world. Kelli's first novel, Like a River From Its Course, released in June 2016. Kelli lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and four children.
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As a creative woman and also a mother, I thought that I had to put my creative pursuits aside while raising my children. I believed that in order to focus on my children, I did not have time to be creative and make art, too. But as I read Life Creative, I learned that creativity and motherhood go hand in hand. God made me to be creative, and motherhood is an extension of His creativity. I also learned that my creativity is meant to be shared, a gift to bless others, and a gift to bless my family as I may earn an income from selling my art.
I am so thankful for Life Creative, it's a book everyone needs to read, especially women, regardless of the stage of motherhood. Life Creative is a wonderful book and I am honored to recommend it highly.
I would like to share a quote from a segment of a question and answer interview with author Kelli Stuart:
Q: "WHAT ENCOURAGEMENT CAN YOU OFFER TO THE MOM IN WHAT YOU DESCRIBE AS “THE DARK AGES OF MOTHERHOOD,” OR FOR WHOM THE ART AND CREATIVITY SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN LOST?"
KELLI: "Hold on, sweet mom. It really is true that the days are long but the years are short. The children need so much of you in the early years, but there are days coming when you’ll find yourself with more time in your days, and the inspiration will be there waiting for you. In the meantime, look for ways you can use your artistic gifts right there where you are, inside the walls of your home, with your children, your most beautiful creations."
Life Creative is definitely a book I will read again and again.