Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World in a New WayJonathan Malm
Church is church, work is work, and family is family. Your life is in order, but something feels like it's missing. Created for More unpacks our inner drive for real purpose and truth. In 30 days, you will learn how to be humble, intentional, God-led, and purposeful. As you ... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 1, 2014
- UPC: 9780802412195
- Height: 0.29
- Width: 5.25
- Length: 8
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 128
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2014
- Language: English
- BISAC: "REL012020"
- ISBN: 080241219X
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- Stretch Your Creativity by Laura on 8/18/14
Jonathan Malm's new book, Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World in a New Way,
explores "the conjunction of the Bible, your spiritual walk, and your creative potential." Malm builds his book on the premise that God is a creative God, and being made in His image, we, too, are creative. Malm hopes to encourage readers to tap into that creative potential and see that creativity is a spiritual act.
As a devotional book, Created for More is broken up into a month's worth of daily readings. Each day's reading includes a daily topic, a quote or definition, a scripture reading and commentary, a prayer starter, an application section, and a challenge to create something.
Overall, I thought the book was well written and it offered some fresh perspectives on things like humility, intentionality, preparation, greatness, determination, and boldness. The readings were refreshing and inspiring, and I found myself awakened by some of the creative challenges. I don't think of myself as a "creative" person, so just trying to think like an artist was a challenge for me. I am linear, not random, so this book really stretched and pushed me out of my comfort zone. At first I found it difficult to think of my job as a creative one, but over time, I began to see it from a new perspective. And for me, that's what made this book worth the time and effort.
My only real disappointment came on Day 16 with a reference to "Zen," a Buddhist concept. Malm uses the term to refer to a concept rather than the actual Buddhist practice. However, in a Christian book and thought, I think it has no place. It desensitizes believers and opens the door for the enemy to sneak other things in under the radar. I realize "zen" is often used in artistic circles, but to me, this might keep me from recommending the book to some believers if I know they might be more susceptible to blurred lines between Christianity and other belief systems--especially in a day and age where so many believe that all religions lead to God and heaven.
For the most part, I would recommend this book to artists and musicians, to more creative types. They will relate more easily to the thoughts and processes presented in the book. They will find fresh ideas and perspectives for creating. Certainly others will benefit from the book, too. For those of us who are more analytical, the book will push us beyond our comfort zones and bring fresh perspective. At the same time, some of the creative challenges are hard to translate to our type of "work."
* I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review.
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