Books That Change Lives

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m an avid reader. And when I find something that I feel has really changed my life and has the power to change others, I tend to shout it from the rooftops.

I’ve already shared a couple of book recommendations for you, but I’m certain that anyone that knows me well, knows the one book that has had the most profound effect on my adult life. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read and do “The Artist’s Way,” by Julia Cameron, you’re missing out on an incredible, truly life-changing experience.

I was gifted this book by a dear, dear friend about 16 years ago. She described it to me as a book about exploring your artistic side. When I sat down and read the introduction, I sobbed.

Going through the 12-week study that the book lays out was one of the most transforming experiences of my life. I’ve since gone through it several more times, each time discovering something new about myself and finding a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

I’ve always wanted to lead a group to go through the study, but so far that just hasn’t worked out. There’s a possibility I may finally bite the bullet and do it this fall with a small group of creative friends – I’ll keep you posted! Empty-nesting does have its advantages.

And, by the way – creative isn’t limited to just artistic endeavors. Everyone has creativity in them, it’s just a matter of how you express your creativity. Maybe you come up with out-of-the-box marketing ideas? Maybe you code websites? Do you love to cook? Even if you’re a “number cruncher” – that’s a way of expressing creativity.

And why does any of this matter? As I learned when I went through the book the first time, God created us to be creative beings. We’re made in His image, after all. Maybe your work keeps you too busy to explore the creative side of life that you want to embark on. Or maybe your family schedule just leaves no time to pursue those hobbies that you love. Well, like rest (and you know how I feel about that from this post) doing creative things that bring you enjoyment MUST be carved into your schedule. At a very minimum, pencil in an hourly appointment once a week to dabble in whatever it is that makes your heart sing. You will not regret it!

 

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