Life Creative

Life Creative

Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom (Kregel, September 2016)

What was God thinking when He created you creative and then gave you children?

Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down. But God had something special in mind for the creative woman during this intense season of mothering.

In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children’s parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Not one born in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but rather in kitchens, nurseries, and living rooms around the world. Mothers, working in the cracks and crevices of each hectic day, are adorning the world with their gifts, and they’re showing all of us the beauty of this Life Creative.

In this book, you’ll learn:

—Why the world needs your art
—How this Life Creative begins at home
—When art can turn a profit
—Your part in this modern day Renaissance

Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood. Women like home decorator Melissa Michaels and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard, author Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and many more.

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  • “Life Creative” by authors Wendy Speake & Kelli Stuart is a really thoughtful book. These are stories to read and enjoy about other mothers who are taking care of themselves and their families. These are stories filled with everyday wisdom and ideas. These authors teach you that you are still important while you are busy being a mother. I really liked this book. I give it a 4/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are mine.

  • Raventhreads says:

    So, in the end, I guess my recommendation is twofold. If you feel that you’ve been stifled in your creativity by your motherhood, perhaps you need to read this book to help you let go of your feelings of guilt for creativity. However, if you feel secure in your creative pursuits, this may not be the book for you.

  • As a mom, your primary role in this season is to be mom to your beautiful children. But maybe you have ideas and desires to complete other projects or build a business too. Balancing our work, responsibilities as mom and personal desires and hopes are part of the experience of life as mom. In Life Creative, Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart speak about all our special abilities and desires, and how we don’t have to sacrifice our passions or family as a mom.

  • The authors use what the learned to help me to be a better me. I really enjoyed this book and learning about this process of balancing.

  • Pray Species says:

    Life Creative is an uplifting read that encourages Moms to embrace their right now. This may mean creating artwork during nap time or it may mean sharing a home cooked meal with a neighbor. It may also mean waiting until you are in a season of life that is more compatible with sharing creative efforts and pursuits. Family always comes first.

  • In Life Creative, I discovered:

    Creativity can be found in all of us. While my creativity may not mirror my mom’s, I am creative. I enjoy creating with paper and with words.
    Creativity can be found within the home. As you and I play out our roles as mom and home keeper, even among the seemingly mundane world of household duties and cooking, we are creating in many ways.
    Creativity comes from above. God is a big part of my creativity. After all, he i

  • I love that this book is full of encouragement for any mom out there that fears she may lose a piece of herself while putting her family first, God knows I lost A LOT of me along this journey, but found a NEW me along the way. Just remember mom’s you are ALL creative in your own unique ways. Please lady’s check out this book, you will not be disappointed at all.

  • Despite the slow start I had warming up to the book in the early chapters I am glad I read it. It is a good read for those struggling with balancing creative desires and motherhood.

  • I loved the encouragement in this inspiring book! I’ve been feeling like I’ve neglected many of my creative talents, and regretting it. The authors helped put things in perspective- the never ending balance of motherhood, work, and homemaking. They helped me see that my creative gifts are God-given and can be incorporated into my life as it is now, even if it’s in small ways or through ministering to my children.

  • The words discovered in these pages gave me pure encouragement. They are beautiful in their wisdom and perspective.

  • This is a wonderful read and would be a great gift for any mom especially new moms.

  • If you were a creative person before motherhood, you might feel like all that energy got zapped with all those sleepless nights, and trying to just keep up with photos and a scrapbook! But down deep, you know your creative side is still there and begging to come out. This book reminds you that it IS still there and it just needs to be re-awakened, and sometimes you can even make it your new goal, and you truly can have a job you LOVE, that expresses all that creativity!

  • After reading “Life Creative” you will feel so refreshed and ready to delve deeper into what God has for you as mother and a creative.

  • kcreatives says:

    Creativity in motherhood is kinda constroverial in some circles I’m in. Not really like cooking unique meals – but rather if you have a creative gift – if you should use it if that takes away time from focusing on your children. I think this book helps ask tough questions and engages some good thought and answers. We are created in the image of a creative God – that’s why we should instill this in our soul and in the soul of our children.

  • This was a positive and encouraging read, focusing on how you can balance the demands of motherhood with your creative gifts. The message that all gifts come from God runs throughout and is reaffirming. This would be a nice gift for a fellow mom to receive! Thank you for my copy!

  • I really enjoyed this book. It’s very helpful and inspiration for other moms out there. A very well written story.

    The stories from other moms were fun to read about and a few I was thinking wow that’s me. I do believe that this book is very helpful for mothers for all ages. I would highly recommend this book to all mom’s out there.

  • Onward says:

    As a YOUNG, stay at home grandmother I was very excited to get this book and felt that it invites women to be better selves. I plan to pass LIFE CREATIVE on to other friends and family to read.

  • Although nonfiction, Life Creative is beautifully written, full of imagery, quoting Scripture and poetry. It is a delight to read. It’s an inspiring book written specifically for Christian moms, encouraging them to pursue their creative gifts to honor God, assist their families and the community and to make a living if so desired. I totally agreed with the authors’ statement that our ministry starts with our children. Sometimes through the sleepless nights, feedings and diaper changes, we forget.

  • I like how creativity is defined in this book, showing it’s not just writing and painting. I feel many readers will find out just how creative they truly are by what they are doing in their everyday life. This book seems best suited to those who have yet to discover their own version of creativity…

  • Many women will put their entire pre-child self on hold, focusing all their attention on their home, their husband, and their children. And while there is an appropriate amount of focus-shifting that comes with marriage and children (for both men and women!), it’s important for women not to lose themselves in the transition. If you are a momma who struggles with making time for your creative pursuits or feels bad about letting your kids play by themselves while you bake and decorate fall sugar cookies, this book is for you.

  • The wonderful theme that underlies this book’s purpose is the idea that through everything we do, the gospel is central. The authors affirm that our calling as mothers centers on this theme, and also encourages us that our creative passions are God-given, and can in fact bring him glory.

  • This book has some definite pros and cons for me. The book started out with the assumption that by having children, my creativity was stifled. Since I am more creative now than I was before them, I don’t agree with that premise. The pros were that the authors encouraged creativity and showed that things I wouldn’t have considered as creative, as ways that we can inspire and encourage others. This book would be great for the mother who feels stifled and held back with her creativity.

  • I loved this book! It was exactly what I needed right now, and I just want to hug it tight. The writing is perfectly lovely, and it made me cry.

  • Moments says:

    “Life Creative: inspiration for today’s renaissance mom” is a great, inspiring book for each and every mother to read. Wendy and Kelli share their hearts and their passions in this book and I felt as if they were talking directly to me. I had never really thought of myself as a artistic person, but I am creative at times with certain things such as baking, creating holiday projects with my kids. However, at times I feel like I want to do more, but can’t because of time limits and responsibilities.

  • This book is excellent! Well written and easy to get through. Perfect for the stage I am in right now.;)

  • Although Life Creative is a book primarily intended to encourage women to flourish in the creativity God has given them, it is also uplifting in other ways. Each woman’s individual worth as one of God’s creations and one of His daughters (for those who have accepted His gift of salvation) is repeatedly affirmed. We are all God’s poeima – His workmanship, His masterpiece, His poem. Each type of creative gift is recognized and valued, and women are encouraged to embrace their creative gifts and worship through them. Worship is explained as being avodah – work, worship, and service – all combined together.

  • This book encouraged me to not give up the dream of using my creative gifts outside the home, but to also recognize and grasp the opportunities to use my God-given gifts inside my home to make Him famous to my kids-my own little Jerusalem.

  • More Of Him says:

    The thing I love about this book the most is how they show through God’s Word that God encourages us to be creative! God himself is the ultimate creator so it only makes sense that He would make us creative, too. I also like how they realize that there are different types of creative. Some women enjoy sewing while others enjoy cooking – but it’s all a creative process.

  • These two writers share wonderful stories of how mothers can use their creativeness to bless the world. It’s not giving up or neglecting families, it is in the proper order and timing. Wendy and Kelli share the how and give examples of woman who have successfully loved their families as well as express their created side.

  • This wonderfully inspiring book shows us how we can honor God by using our creative gifts for His glory in a number of venues including our homes, our churches, the Internet, and the marketplace and explores how we are God’s workmanship – his masterpiece – his poema.

  • “Life Creative” was a breath of fresh air for me as a creative mom. Not only was I encouraged to “press on” in my craft, but I was also given the freedom to call myself an artist. I walk away from this book with a new sense of my calling as a writer, emboldened yet also challenged. I would highly recommend this book for any mom craving creativity in the midst of motherhood. You won’t be disappointed.

  • The authors are very conversational in tone and ready to affirm and encourage every reader.

  • A book filled with helpful inspiration for women. Although the target audience is busy moms
    I think that all women could enjoy it and get a great deal of encouragement.

  • No matter your creative edge, this book has a special message for moms who seek to live a renaissance life of art and worship.

  • Sean & Shey says:

    This beautiful book is a license for every mom to be creative– to take their God-given craft and indulge in it fully. Motherhood and our creative passions CAN coexist, and as this book so eloquently proclaims, they are MEANT to coexist. I’d highly recommend this to every mother in my life.

  • Life Creative is so encouraging, a book that any mom would find inspiring and very beneficial in living day-to-day life. These authors have literally become advocates to moms in this book of hope, encouragement, and application. Chapter 6 talks about abiding, something that I found very difficult with young children. The authors talk about the importance of having three areas of sanctified time in our lives – for God, for family, and for creating – and give helpful ideas for implementation. Life Creative has an abundance of Scripture, application, encouragement and ideas that I would never have thought of on my own.

  • If you are someone that feels as though your creativity has been stifled by having children, this book could be very relevant for you, and help you understand ways that you can use your creativity in productive ways that fit your current season.  As someone that is not very creative, and has an every changing stage of motherhood, the book did not speak to me.

  • Life Creative is inspirational and full of encouragement, most especially for moms of young children. If you are a mom who feels like your creative juices are lying dormant right now, take the time to check out this book.

  • Noveltea says:

    It was beautiful – every single aspect of the book was simply and incredibly beautiful. From the formatting to the page designs to the different fonts, to the dividers… The words flowed like art, flinging images into my mind, and creating wings that carried me away in my own imagination and inspired me and made me want to do more.

  • If you are a mom who has laid down her creativity to care for your little ones, this book is for you. If you are a mom whose brain is spinning, full of new ideas & desires (or dusting off the cobwebs of past dreams), this book is for you. And if you are a mom who is establishing yourself within your creative field, or spending private moments creating a joyful world all your own, this book is for you as well.

  • This book is an amazing inspiration to those mothers who are modern and crafty that use Pinterest, and blogs to help inspire their creative side. I loved this book other that the fact that it is naturally assumed that being a mom has stifled your creative side, if anything being a mother and grandmother made my creative side perk up more than ever. Everywhere I looked and everything I saw I would get ideas of how I wanted to use everything or up cycle an item for a different use.

  • I like how encouraging and edifying this book is, encouraging one to be all that God has called them to be.

  • I was pleasantly surprised at how this book was a refreshing reminder that it’s ok to be creative and explore your creative passions while still embracing and cherishing motherhood. I was reminded that I need to take that time to explore what makes me creative because it makes me a better mother to my children when I feel filled with passion, creativity, and life. Motherhood is demanding, but friends you can pick up the camera or the art brushes and use them in ways that will bless your heart and refresh your soul.

  • This book by Speake and Stuart is such a wonderful book for anyone who loves to create and for those who aren’t sure if they have a creative bone in them. They show you throughout the Word of God how he encourages us to be creative as He was creative. He made each of us uniquely and we each can have our own form of creativity. The cool thing is we can use that creativity as a form of worship. I love that!!

  • If you’re a creative mom who is looking for ways to embrace your creativity again…or even trying to find ways not to let it go- this is a great book for you! It is a great reminder that we don’t have to let those parts of us go because we now have children, but instead we can use those creative talents that God blessed us with to our advantages. I think sometimes as mom we tend to put our needs and our passions on the back burner- I know I certainly do- but this book reminded me that that’s not always the best option and NOT letting go of our creative pursuits can make us better mothers.

  • Sarah says:

    Thankfully this year I don’t feel the confinement as much as last year. By being confined at home, God shows me that I am to be teaching my children (by God’s grace) to become His disciples. I wish this book was written last year. It’s great for the mother who is feeling stifled, especially the mother who has young children at home.

  • This book absolutely gripped me from the second chapter. As soon as the authors spoke on the feeling of longing for bedtime instead of longing for ministry and creativity and inspiring the world, I started nodding in agreement. The authors acknowledge that while we love our “captors”, we’re under house arrest. Yes, yes, and yes!

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