Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Million Little Ways

Author: Emily P. Freeman
Publisher: Revell
October 2013
ISBN:   978-0800722449
Genre: Nonfiction/self-help

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.

I read A MILLION LITTLE WAYS while sitting in a hospital waiting room today for three hours. It is a friendly book that shared how we all have ways to show art. The way we respond to customers in a store, as a cashier. The way we respond to people around us. It doesn’t necessarily have to be what we perceive as art – a painting or music. It can be, but not necessarily. Instead, it’s how we react to people. How we do things.

This book was very encouraging and shows that we all have value and gifts, and that how we use them is what makes the difference. God can use the gift of mercy just as much as the gift of music. It will help readers to shush the inner critic and find the courage to bless the world (and God) with who they are.  Recommended. 4 stars. 13.99. 224 pages. 

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