The Artisan Soul
May 4, 2014
I just finished The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus and I have never felt so inspired and intimidated in my life.
I'm inspired because this teacher and artist whom I deeply respect and admire has basically written a manifesto that validates my work as an artist. He boldly states that every human being is an artist and that our lives are works of art. And that what we do and who we are in life is our masterpiece. I love this. And not just because my "job" title is "artist" but, at a deeper level, I believe that my music is part of the bigger picture of my life-work, my life as a masterpiece. I am inspired to keep creating. To keep growing. To keep making my life into something that helps and encourages others.
At the same time I am intimidated. The Artisan Soul is loaded with stories of people, including the author, who are creating incredible works of art, incredible futures, and I am challenged to bring my best. The call to create is encouraging, yet requires great courage. This is scary.
In a good way.
I highly recommend this book. Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, this book will speak to you.
I am in an especially "creativity focused" season right now. So, The Artisan Soul fits right in with where I am today. Yet, I also believe that this message that we are all artists is for anyone in any season.
There is much more I could say, but I'm going to leave it at that. Just read it. It will likely change your life.