The majority of us would not necessarily define ourselves as artists. We're parents, students, businesspeople, friends. We're working hard, trying to make ends meet, and often longing for a little more--more time, more love, more security, more of a sense that there" is" more out there. The truth? We need not look around so much. God is within us and he wants to shine through us in a million little ways.
"A Million Little Ways"
uncovers the creative, personal imprint of God on every individual. It
invites the discouraged parent, the bored Christian, the exhausted
executive to look at their lives differently by approaching their
critics, their jobs, and the kids around their table the same way an
artist approaches the canvas--with wonder, bravery, and hope. In her
gentle, compelling style, Emily Freeman encourages readers to turn down
the volume on their inner critic and move into the world with the
courage to be who they most deeply are. She invites regular people to
see the artistic potential in words, gestures, attitudes, and
relationships. Readers will discover the art in a quiet word, a hot
dinner, a made bed, a grace-filled glance, and a million other ways of
showing God to the world through the simple human acts of listening,
waiting, creating, and showing up.
which encourage people to continue our art, especially from a Christian
perspective, are always welcome on my shelf. This one by Emily Freeman
has several aha moments. She talks to all kinds of artists; the type who
know what they want to do but are too scared to step out, and the type
who launch out, confident in their mastery of their craft, but are
disappointed by results.
It begins by explaining how anything at
all can be made into an art form - hence the title. Our divine image
bearer is reflected through the distinct lives and work of millions of
Freeman gives us tips on figuring out which of all the
millions of possibilities will suit us. Joy and enthusiasm is the key.
She suggests that our heart's deepest desires are imprinted into us.
Hints of our passions shine out of us while we are still too young to
think about meaning and vocations. They are woven into the fibers of our
She talks about the way we get seduced by the human habit
of measuring our productivity. We assess our perceived usefulness and
the impact we're making by using attention and appreciation as our
gauges, which makes us miserable. I loved her statement that 'small is
fast becoming my new home.' Working hard to become big is not a wise way
to operate. If Jesus came down as a baby and became way less, why is it
strange to think humans might be called to do a fraction of the same
thing? I think this attitude may be the key in freeing us up in our
work, helping us keep the important things forefront.
more. She discusses dealing with criticism, getting into comparison mode
and considering other people's art a threat to ours. I liked was her
admission that sometimes she hates her calling. As a writer, mine is
similar enough that I could relate to her. Difficult to summarise, too
complicated for an elevator pitch, I get it all. Yes, I admit I've
looked at the fine arts and wished I could do some of them. Yet Emily
Freeman says that, deep down, we know what makes us tick and brings us
joy. She's right, I probably wouldn't really change for the world. It's
touching that somebody else gets that we aren't always in love with our
I'm sure there's something to get everyone thinking in this book, and I'd recommend it.
I received a copy from NetGalley and Revell in return for an honest review.
Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live available from Amazon