October 26, 2016

Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart - A Review

From the Publisher:

In our social media age of handcrafted children’s parties, artistic Instagram photos, tutorials for renovating old furniture into new treasures and blogs filled with poetry, prose and other expression, clearly a brand-new generation of inspired women is rising up. It is a renaissance born not in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but in kitchens, nurseries and living rooms around the world. However, when Christian women become mothers, they often feel expected to give up their creative pursuits to parent properly.

Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart know that struggle. While they acknowledge some seasons of mothering require setting artistic pursuits aside, they also argue these seasons don’t have to last until empty nest time. Instead, mothers with creative gifts are called to use them actively to bless their families, their communities and everyone they encounter. “Life Creative is not a book about raising children,” Speake shares. “This is a book for moms, written by moms and including the stories of other moms . . . on a journey to embrace our God-given design in the midst of motherhood!”

In this book they share stories of women that are allowing their creativity to flourish in all different stages of life, in all different manners of creating.  The very definition of creative pursuits is expanded from the basic painting and poetry, to include digital art, blogging, baking, etc. 

Despite the gorgeous cover and quality content of the book, it didn't really resonate with me.  I felt like it was a little over-the-top affirming, to the point of feeling a little saccharine, while at the same time, sometimes it was to pessimistic about the stages of motherhood that can be more time demanding. 

I didn't love this book, nor did I hate it.  If you are someone that feels as though your creativity has been stifled by having children, this book could be very relevant for you, and help you understand ways that you can use your creativity in productive ways that fit your current season.  As someone that is not very creative, and has an every changing stage of motherhood, the book did not speak to me.

I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher through LitFuse, in exchange for an honest review.


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