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Thursday, January 2, 2014

CREATE: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff, by Stephen Altrogge

CREATE is a short, swift kick in the pants to stop offering excuses and to get started creating. Stephen Altrogge is a pastor and firmly roots his advice in the Scriptures, pointing out that Christians have their identity in Christ and therefore do not need to fret about their identity as creative artists, and that Christians are accepted by God the Father because they are in union with God the Son and therefore do not need to fret about popularity with a human audience.

Pastor Altrogge offers such sage advice as get started, plod along, short but consistent periods of creativity trump infrequent outbursts of creativity, be okay with being okay, and serve others with your creative gifts (in this his book reminded me of Edith Schaeffer's Hidden Art of Homemaking). He quotes from Douglas Wilson, Anne Lamott, and Stephen King, among others.

I would recommend this book to people who wannabe creative, no matter their area of creativity, but who haven't quite launched yet, who are still dithering about whether, and when, and how.

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