Words spoken with elegance to a topic of heart importance…
This is how I’d sum up Emily P. Freeman’s book, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. Emily writes from a place of confidence in her heart expression of art. She writes of art in each of us and uses that term broad and wide.
My first reaction is to disassociate with the label “artist.” I don’t see myself in a creative light. Heck, I’m a boring programmer and a math major. How un-artist like can you get?! But through Emily’s writing I am learning that art is simply the expression of our true self, in all the little ways that materializes in our days and in our lives.
Uncover Heart Art
The book starts exploring the areas of sequestered art, locked inside our brokenness. Then skillfully Emily begins to paint a vision with words on a page of the potential inside of us all to walk into this art’s expression anew. She offers five ways to explore, rediscover and uncover your true art.
“I cannot imagine anything more dangerous to the enemy of our hearts than people who know who they are.”
Releasing Heart Art
From there she moves to the more tangible actions to bring out our heart’s art. Five more ways to release its expression are beautifully woven together. I was particularly struck with the call to “Show up.” Embrace your limitations, your lack. Embrace your unpreparedness. And just start, where you are, when you are, with what you have.
“You were born to make art. You were made to live art… It’s time to uncover the shape of your soul, turn down the voice of the inner critic and move into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are.”
I’ve read Emily P. Freeman’s blog, Chatting at the Sky, for awhile now and love her expression, her art. This is the first of her three books I’ve read and, true to form, it’s beautifully written and deeply stirring. I am thrilled to provide a review.
(Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Buy on Amazon.)
I’m excited to give away one FREE COPY of A Million Little Ways. Interested?
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What “art” do you secretly see signs of inside of you? What is itching to come out – even if you think yourself boring? Will you bravely whisper it here in a comment?