The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art

I am heading to Idaho for the next few days with a good friend of mine. It’s our annual men’s retreat. Enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, which is always good for my soul.

Just two guys. The Spokane River at Post Falls. No rah-rah. Lots of time to eat. Read. Pray. Hike. Talk and laugh. I can’t wait to dig into Erwin M cManus’ new book, The Artisan Soul. I know it will be good for my soul. I hope you find it nourishes your soul as well.

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The most important work of art is the life that we create.

In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus—author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles—pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renais-sance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art. There are no shortcuts to quality, and McManus celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves.

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  • techne

    so what were your thoughts? I read it about a week ago and, while I enjoy Erwin’s tone, I was somewhat disappointed in the book’s thinness. perhaps it’s my own personal baggage, but I thought there was a lot of vagueness with his use of the term artisan, which didn’t help him with the points he was making. it’s this idea of ‘everyone is an artist’ (sorry – artisanthat I struggle with as I think that’s different from ‘everyone is creative‘. This book will certainly be inspirational to some people, but for me it didn’t really add much to the conversation and read more as rah-rah psychology than theologically rich engagement. While I like the [devotional/ calling] checklists at the back, I didn’t find myself taking much else from this book.

    I may need to re-read it, but at this point that seems unlikely.