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"A wonderful exploration, but not only for readers to look inwardly, but to also look around at others, at where our lives are at, and mostly upward toward God's design and dreams for our lives. Love it!"
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"You'll come away from this wise and insightful book with a clearer understanding of how you are uniquely gifted to contribute to the world, and why it's imperative that you honor your creative calling." - Michelle DeRusha, author of Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runway
"In her book, A Life Of Creative Purpose, Tammy is a trusted mentor, offering us the tools we need to step completely into God's design for us as individuals. Her relatable stories coupled with scripture inspire and ignite a renewed passion for pursuing not only our own creative callings, but even more, her words stoke the fire in our hearts for the Giver of these gifts." - Kris Camealy, author of Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight Of Waiting
"TH Meyer looks at the glass ceiling the world has placed between 'creatives' and 'non-creatives' and shatters it. This those who have felt they are not creative, too timid, or simply too late to the life they were called to live, Meyer says, 'Pish-posh.' She delivers on her promise to help people embrace uniqueness, explore boldness, and encourage faith." - Amy Young, author of Looming Transitions: Starting & Finishing Well
"A Life of Creative Purpose is a fantastic resource filled with thoughtful questions, stories, and Scripture each designed to awaken us to God's unique purposes for our lives. It is well-written, thoughtful, and engaging, an invitation to embrace our own eternally significant creative purpose." - Cindee S. Re, author of Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness
"In her book, A Life of Creative Purpose, TH Meyer masterfully blends personal stories with wisdom from Scripture to reveal the importance of creative purpose (even if you think you are not creative.) The thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter will help you discover (or uncover) and embrace the unique way God has made you and inspire you to step into a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment." - JoDitt Williams, author/artist of Delight in the Word
of God: A Devotional Coloring Book/Journal for Adults--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- File size : 1445 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 173 pages
- ASIN : B07K3TD8L3
- Language: : English
- Publication date : October 31, 2018
- Publisher : Heritage Meadows Publishing; 2nd edition (October 31, 2018)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1948797011
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #575,221 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you've ever struggled with pushing through in your creative bend, I highly recommend A Life of Creative Purpose! I also recommend grabbing a journal to capture moments of clarity and revelation!
The book is confusing, I thought we were going to talk about finding creative purpose in our lives, as artists, as creative people. Instead, we are presented with a mix of being called to live on a farm (a whole other kind of calling, not necessarily linked to creative purpose), spiritual gifts (gifts given specifically to Christians, through God's sovereign will) and natural gifts that are given to anyone (like being an artist, musician, author, etc.). I found it confusing.
The only redeeming quality were the thought provoking questions at the end of the chapters, very useful and often similar questions are asked in many various Christian studies, and some in non-Christian studies. It was nice to have them all in one spot. I liked that Mrs. Meyer did not succumb to common psycho-babble about birth order, parental influence etc. she dealt directly with our responsibility in our behavior, and our repentance and need to grow in faith in the Lord. Sometimes requiring us to step out and do, not really being certain of the results.
And yet, I found the use of The Message as the foundation for the scriptural references, disturbing. When we build our foundation of thought, on a sandy ground, which is The Message, then the foundation of our thought will be shaken and found wanting. For example - beginning of Chapter 14: "God knew what he was doing from the very beginning." Romans 8:29-30. That sounds great, right? Of course, we know God knew what he was doing. He always does! But that's not what this verse actually says. "For those he foreknew ...." doesn't mean He knew everyone in the sense that He knows they exist. It means that those who are His sheep, He knows intimately. He knows His church, His bride, like a husband knows his wife (the original word actually is the same word used for Adam "knowing" Eve, and then bringing forth Cain). Isn't that MUCH more comforting than "God knows what He's doing." I think so.
In the same chapter, she went on to discuss her and her husband's role as partners. The problem is that marriage is a picture of the church, as Christ's bride. The church is not Christ's "partner", the church submits to Christ, as Christ submitted to the Father, even unto death for the redemption of His bride, the church. Nothing Satan and the depraved minds of unregenerate humans like better than to destroy that picture. And so, Christians are caught fighting this fight against submission, because of the warpedness of wicked men turning it into oppression and misery, and rejecting the beautiful picture of Christ being the husband's authority, and the husband being his wife's authority, treating her as Christ treats him. The wife giving her husband the place of authority in the home, while the husband gives Christ the authority over him. There is no room for abuse in this, no room for sinful, unregenerate behavior.
I appreciated things that were said in this book, but I also had problems with many things too, so I would say, read it and use the questions as a guide, but in finality: Go to God's Word, a good solid translation, like NASB or ESV that are translated directly from the ancient manuscripts - throw out the paraphrases. Then live with this in mind: God does all things in our lives, whether it's what we consider good or what we consider bad, they are done for His glory and for our sanctification."Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases." Psalm 115:3 ESV
I received this book as a gift, no compensation was received for providing an honest review.
Could it be that creativity that you have is a gift from God, given to you on purpose? Could it be that he is calling you to do something special and unique? A Life of Creative Purpose will give you the prompting you need to explore what God is calling to you to do. What is his calling your life? Maybe not a call to the mission field. Maybe not a call to "pastoral ministry." Maybe, God's call on your life is all of those things. Or maybe it's none of them. Maybe it's being a mom. Maybe it's being a writer, maybe it's painting, maybe it's crafting, maybe it's running your own business.
But there is a unique way God has called you to bless the world. A Life of Creative Purpose will help you explore what God is calling you to do. It will help you dig through the roadblocks that are keeping you from getting started. Or even the things that have caused you to quit. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to understand God's purpose for their life, or anyone who, like me, knows some of that purpose but is struggling to take the next step. And especially to anyone who identifies themselves as a creative person, but doesn't really know what to do with that, or how it will serve God's kingdom.
I received a review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.