Any book written by Emily P. Freeman is a guaranteed read for me. She has such a wise, gentle way of sharing powerful life truths that really resonates with me, and her books “A Million Little Ways” and “Simply Tuesday” remain two of my favorite Christian Living books ever. Her newest release is just as wonderful as I’ve been expecting, and is entitled “The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions”. Published by Revell in mid-2019, this book is a powerful tool to help us “create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.” Continue reading
Wouldn’t it be amazing if our favorite Christian non-fiction books had a coloring book to accompany them? Well, guess what?! One of the best non-fiction books I read in the year of 2015 now DOES have a coloring book to go along with it, and an absolutely adorable one at that… Fans of Emily P. Freeman’s “Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World” will undoubtedly be delighted with the new addition to the “Tuesday” collection: “It’s Simply Tuesday: An Adult Coloring Book”. Published by Revell in the spring of 2017, this is hands-down my favorite coloring book. Ever. Continue reading
Emily P. Freeman has proven me wrong, and I am so glad she did! What am I talking about, you ask? Well, after reading Emily’s previous book entitled A Million Little Ways, I truly did not think it could be beaten – either in unique and inspirational content or poetic writing style. With the release of Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, however, this theory is proven false. Truly it is my favorite inspirational non-fiction book of the year, and within the top 10 of my all time greatest picks.
Surprisingly, so much inspiration is packed within the pages of this book that the descriptions on the back cover, in publicity blurbs, and even chapter excerpts simply don’t do it justice. To give you an idea of the range of thoughts it contains – all written in Emily’s signature poetic prose – check out these chapter sub-headings: Continue reading
Do you think of yourself as an artist? If you’re like me, and likely a huge percentage of the population, your answer will be a definite ‘no’. The ordinary professional, mother, student, or anyone who doesn’t paint or sing or write for a living, most often does not list ‘makes art’ among their capabilities and accomplishments. But Emily P. Freeman, author of the incredible little book entitled A Million Little Ways, challenges us to change our views… To realize that we were born to make art, designed to live art, and in fact we ARE art!
I found this hard to believe at first. The thought of myself as a work of art, let alone an artist, seemed confusing and went against my perceptions of what art meant. After reading just the first few pages of A Million Little Ways, however, my thinking began to change. I began to understand the truth about art, and the way God defines it. Emily explains that God created us to be image bearers – image bearers of a CREATIVE God, a God who makes and lives and breathes art. As image bearers, we have a job to do. We are on this earth to reflect His image by living lives filled with art. As Emily states, “Art is what happens when you dare to be who you really are.”
A recurring idea within this story begins in the chapter titled ‘Reflect’. In one portion, Emily paints a portrait with words of something beautiful, because it is true. In Ephesians 2:10, where it states we are God’s masterpiece, Emily shows us something found only by searching a little deeper. Did you know that the word ‘masterpiece’, sometimes translated as ‘workmanship’, originated from the Greek word poiema? Our English word for poem comes from the same root word. Do you see what this means? We are God’s poetry. When God writes poetry, when He expresses Himself, we come into being. Isn’t this a beautiful truth to hold in our hearts?
I cannot begin to touch on the many incredible aspects of living life as an artist depicted within the pages of A Million Little Ways. I pray that you will be able to read it for yourself, and encounter truths meant just for you. Emily Freeman is indeed living her life filled with art, if the power and truth of God within her words is any indication. And I truly believe that it is. Please let Emily’s words speak to your heart as you read A Million Little Ways. Your view and purpose for life may never be the same.
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