Create: Transforming Stories of Art, Life & Faith



Introducing 21 new friends to help you in your creative journey…


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Essays, Artwork, and Video from 21 Points of View
(2012 Winner: Best Ebook Design by Vook, Inc.)

In your creative life, have you ever wondered…

  • How do I find new insights, ideas, inspiration and vision for my life as an artist?

  • How do other artists work through their personal, professional and spiritual challenges?

  • Do I really have what it takes to be an artist? What do I do with the frustration, lack of focus and direction in my creative life?

  • Who can I turn to for encouragement with my art? God made me to create…I “cannot NOT” create!

Dear Fellow-Artist,

My name is Joey O’Connor and I am the Executive Director of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media, a Southern California non-profit organization that cultivates the spiritual growth and creative work of artists. For the past ten years, I’ve worked with artists from just about every creative discipline. In countless conversations, I’ve discovered two vital truths:

                1. Every artist needs affirmation and direction to pursue their God-given creative calling.

                2. And every artist has a story.

For years I dreamed of creating a book filled with artists stories that pursued the question, “How do artists grow in their creative work, their personal lives and in their relationship with God?” In short, how do artists cultivate art, life and faith? In meeting so many wonderful artists, I’ve seen the need for friendship, mentorship and new community among artists.

In Create: Transforming Stories of Art, Life & Faith, we’ve brought together 21 artists offering wisdom, insight and inspiration through their personal, professional and spiritual journeys. Twenty-one points of view for what it means to pursue art, life, and faith.


      • What is an artist’s relationship to his or her Creator?

      • How important is the role of community in the life of an artist?

      • How does an artist respond when family, friends, and people in the Church challenge their creative calling?

      • How can an artist grow in their understanding of the creative process?

      • What is an artist’s unique relationship to the tools of their craft?

      • What is the role of mentoring and apprenticeship in the life of an artist?

      • How do artists, especially young and emerging artists, commit to the values, disciplines and pain-staking tasks of improving their craft?

      • How can artists who are Christians make authentic creative contributions to culture?

      • How can artists live with the tension that the Church and the culture don’t always know what to do with them?

      • Finally, how is the life and heart of an artist best cultivated for spiritual and professional growth?




(Including links to their websites & dozens of art-related links)

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Download a FREE PDF of Chapter One
Read Bruce Herman’s Inspiring Essay
Seeking Real Presence in Painting


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ARTIST VIDEOS (Embedded in the eBook)

(Watch our Wayne Forte Interview)


Wisdom from Leading Artists and
Leaders of National Arts Organizations

Christians in Visual Arts (CIVA), Hollywood Prayer Network, Project Dance,
Stoneworks, Heart of the Artist Ministries, SEEDS Fine Art Exhibits

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I am so confident you’re going to love Create, here’s my 100% money-back guarantee.

Create is a beautiful book and I hope it brings a greater depth of God’s beauty, Truth and goodness to your life. I hope you’ll tell your family, friends and fellow artists! But if you aren’t satisfied, I will quickly refund your purchase. No questions asked!


As an artist made in God’s image, you have the incredible capacity to bring great creativity, hope and beauty to this world. You have your story to tell through your art. I am certain Create: Transforming Stories of Art, Life & Faith will give you the creative inspiration to keep doing just that!

All this…for only $9.99!
100% of your purchase provides retreat scholarships for artists
led by The Grove Center for the Arts & Media
Support Artists Today!

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(.epub optimized for the iPad & B&N Nook. Kindle-Video viewable using Mac ios app.)

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Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, snarky or off-topic.

  • Mlprusty

    Amazing Book!! I’m not done reading yet, but so far this is the best book I’ve gotten that speaks to my Christian art heart. Great encouragement, great challenge, great read.  Thanks, Joey!!

    • Joey O’Connor

      Thanks Rusty. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Create! It was a labor of love and I hope many artists and creatives are encouraged in their walk with God. I’m so proud of all the contributors and the excellence they brought to the project. Blessings to you in your art, life and faith!

    • Joey O’Connor

       Rusty, thanks to the many wonderful contributors, everyone worked hard to produce this book that designed to encourage every artist in the personal, professional and spiritual lives.

      Let’s keep praying for a powerful renaissance of art in the Church…there are so many talented artists who are Christians that need support, mentoring and encouragement! I appreciate your encouraging words!

  • Tfaruth

    Congratulations on your new book, Joey!  I can’t wait to read it.  Victoria and I keep you in our love and prayers often.  It’s encouraging to see the good work God is doing through you and the Grove.  Keep in touch.  We miss you.  Love in Christ, Ruth & Victoria (The Friendship Circle in North Carolina!!!!)

    • Joey O’Connor

       Ruth & Victoria…so good to hear from you and thanks for your kind words! We’re hoping that many artists love all the essays, artwork and videos crammed inside! Please send me an email as I don’t have your current email address…I’d love to catch up! Blessings to you both!

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  • Bryan Gough

    This was a very timely read. Thank you for putting these stories together. I have recommended it to about 20 different people (and by different, I don’t mean “individuals”… I mean people that wouldn’t probably ever find themselves in the same room together). Perhaps, after they’ve read it, they just might understand their common ground a little better. This book has something for everyone. Well done.

  • Joey O’Connor

    Thanks Bryan for your feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! I appreciate you posting your thoughts on iBookstore and Amazon as well! Let’s get caught up soon! Would love to hear more about your MFA and creative director work!

  • Shane Mincer

    Hi Joey,
    I’m so proud of you. I can’t wait to read this on our iPad.

    • Joey O’Connor

      Thanks Shane…I just resent a link for you to download a copy. Blessings, Joey

  • Rebecca Boyd Faubion

    (about the -16 stars…couldn’t get that function to work…but this is really a hundred star book!) I just want to encourage folks to explore this Vook – it’s fresh, innovative and community-building. In our isolated suburban lives it’s easy to lose that sense of connectedness as artistic beings. This book pulls a group of creative thinkers together and it’s a wonderful dialogue to read, to savor and to share.

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  • Warren Sappelsa

    Do I need an ebook reader to read this ebook? Can I just download it to my PC? Thanks.

    • Joey O’Connor

      You can download the free Calibre ereader program (the
      link is in the upper right hand column on this page) and read Create on
      your PC.

      Calibre is free. For best viewing, I would select the .epub version of Create, which is optimized for the iPad/iPhone.

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  • George Searcy

    Loved this book and the format was so cool—video and text together! The breadth of different artistic disciplines was wide. Painters, filmmakers, musicians, dancers and many more talk about their journeys of faith and art. It’s not sugar-coated, which I really appreciate. They share their struggles to be an artist and a Christian at the same time. However, the tone is very hopeful and helpful from the interior, spiritual battles to the art itself and making it great. Loved this book/video thingee, whatever it is, it’s great. I highly recommended it for Christian artists and those who want to understand them.

    • Joey O’Connor

      Glad you enjoyed Create George! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments!

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  • Jill Cardwell

    Enjoying the book so far but a bit frustrated because I can’t get the videos to play properly in Calibre on my Mac. Any suggestions?