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.
Although, this is not a “how to” book, there are several featured Moms that show their creativity in a myriad of ways: writers, bloggers, artists, chefs, musicians, and more. The book is supportive, but realistic; comforting, but questioning. The chapters provide ample fodder for those of us looking for ways to express our creativity.
Here are a few of my favorite moments in Life Creative!
“Is there a place for creative Christians who aren’t producing overtly Christian work?”
This question was answered with help from a conversation with John Grisham.
A young woman asks, “I noticed you spoke of your faith, and yet I can’t help but wonder why, if you believe yourself to be a Christian, you aren’t writing Christian books that are more God-honoring.”
Grisham responds with, “The reason is simple. I am a Christian who is a writer. I’m not a Christian writer.”
The author meets Sally Clarkson at a home school conference and confides her dreams.
“I told her of my dreams to creatively minister to women beyond the confines of our home.” At the time the author had children at home, ages two, four, and six.
Sally Clarkson said, “Make sure your children are taken care of before you step beyond your home for ministry. Home is where everything starts when they are this young. Home is where everything starts.”
The author has an amazing conversation with writer, Angie Smith
“What I’ve learned these past few years is that there will always be opportunity out there, and a lot of it is in areas that I’m perfectly qualified to fill. But there are a lot of other women who are also totally capable of filling those spots…….. And there are opportunities that the Lord has placed before me, that only I can fill…….” (Wife, Mom) No one else can fill those spots. And so I have given myself the freedom to say no to opportunities that can easily be filled by someone else.”
The author talks to Kate Battistelli, mother of celebrated Christian singer Francesca Battistelli about raising creative children.
“What advice do you have for me, as his mother?”
Is there room for creativity and children in a mother’s life? Learn how to balance home, art, and family in Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart’s new book, Life Creative. 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. Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood.
Join Wendy, Kelli, and other moms in celebrating the beauty of being a creative mom by entering to win the Called to Be Creative Giveaway (details below) and by attending their author chat party on October 27!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- One copy of Life Creative
- The Gracelaced Personalizable Mom’s Wreath
- A handmade leather journal
- A Starbucks gift card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 10/27. The winner will be announced at the Life Creative Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Wendy, Kelli, and other creative moms, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!