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10 books about creativity
Pick up one of these featured titles on creativity in May 2021.
The Creative Cure: How Finding and Freeing Your Inner Artist Can Heal Your Life by Jacob Nordby
This book was published this year by Hierophant Publishing and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
"I'm just not that creative" is a common refrain in today's society. But according to author and creative coach Jacob Nordby, nothing could be further from the truth. Every human being is creative, and having a regular creative practice is a vital key to a happy and fulfilling life. If we don't exercise our creativity regularly, our lives can feel dull, stagnant, and rote. Many people live this way and believe "this is just the way life is," without realizing that developing a regular creative practice can be the cure to what ails them. Nordby knows this all too well. By the time he reached his midthirties, he was running a successful mortgage company and lived in a big house with fancy cars. But he felt like he was dying inside. Starting and maintaining a creative practice is what saved his life. Now, in this powerful book, he explains how he traded in his stagnant way of life for one full of meaning and purpose, and offers specific steps to help you build your own creative practice. The Creative Cure is a call for a revolution, fostering change where all change must begin: within. This internal change will allow you to express your own creative gifts, cultivate happiness, and experience the unique feeling of fulfillment that only a creative practice can offer. Packed with powerful, transformative exercises, this book is the medicine you need to find and reinvigorate your creative soul.
Art and Faith: A Theology of Making by Makoto Fujimura
This book was published this year by Yale University Press and takes approximately 6.1 hours to read.
From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity’s quintessential—and often overlooked—role in the spiritual life “Makoto Fujimura’s art and writings have been a true inspiration to me. In this luminous book, he addresses the question of art and faith and their reconciliation with a quiet and moving eloquence.”—Martin Scorsese “[An] elegant treatise . . . Fujimura’s sensitive, evocative theology will appeal to believers interested in the role religion can play in the creation of art.”—Publishers Weekly Conceived over thirty years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura’s broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of “making.” What he does in the studio is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work. In between pouring precious, pulverized minerals onto handmade paper to create the prismatic, refractive surfaces of his art, he comes into the quiet space in the studio, in a discipline of awareness, waiting, prayer, and praise. Ranging from the Bible to T. S. Eliot, and from Mark Rothko to Japanese Kintsugi technique, he shows how unless we are making something, we cannot know the depth of God’s being and God’s grace permeating our lives. This poignant and beautiful book offers the perspective of, in Christian Wiman’s words, “an accidental theologian,” one who comes to spiritual questions always through the prism of art.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
This book was published 9 years ago by Workman Publishing and takes approximately 5.3 hours to read.
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
This book was published 8 years ago by Harper Perennial and takes approximately 16.0 hours to read.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.
Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones
Category: Love & Loss
This book was published 6 years ago by Penguin Publishing Group and takes approximately 5.3 hours to read.
How honest can you be when no one is watching? Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, texting, Snapchat, YouTube...the world has become one giant confessional. In a reversal of this trend, Burn After Writing encourages you to share nothing. With its incisive questions and thought experiments, this private journal challenges you to play a game of Truth or Dare with yourself. Push your limits, reflect on your past, present, and future, and create a secret book that's about you, and just for you. And when you're finished, toss it, hide it, or Burn After Writing.
Give Yourself Margin: A Guide to Rediscovering and Reconnecting with Your Creative Self by Stacie Bloomfield
This book was published last year by Andrews McMeel Publishing and takes approximately 3.5 hours to read.
A gorgeously illustrated interactive guide to changing your mindset, rekindling creativity, and embracing imperfection. "Give yourself margin" is a sewing maxim about leaving enough excess fabric to account for potential mistakes. This book is about giving yourself the space--the mental margin--to reconnect with your creative self by trying new things and, yes, even by failing sometimes. With lush illustrations, empowering interactive prompts, and inspiring personal stories, Give Yourself Margin is the perfect gift for anyone who is looking to rediscover their spark.
The 30-Day Creativity Challenge: 30 Days to a Seriously More Creative You (The Song Foundry 30-Day Challenges) by Ed Bell
This book was published 2 years ago by Song Foundry, The and takes approximately 4.7 hours to read.
Creativity isn't just for artists. It's for entrepreneurs who want to think differently, it's for employees who want to make a great impression, it's for people who want to be better at relationships, and it's for anyone who wants to live a more interesting, more rewarding life.And here's the good news: creativity is a skill you learn, not a talent you have.It's not a skill you learn from reading books or watching TED talks on YouTube. And it's not a skill you learn by following step-by-step programs. It's a skill you develop by practicing it, day after day after day.Enter 'The 30-Day Creativity Challenge': a thirty-day bootcamp designed to supercharge your creativity through thirty unique 10-minute challenges.You'll be challenged to think of twenty unusual things to do with household items, you'll turn bare sketches into beautiful images, you'll reflect on your life's biggest challenges, your deeply held beliefs and the things you've never done before but should.If you're someone who's ever said "I'm just not creative" or you just like to be challenged to think outside the box, 'The 30-Day Creativity Challenge' is for you.
Inventor Ninja: A Children's Book About Creativity and Where Ideas Come From (Ninja Life Hacks) by Mary Nhin
Category: Emotions & Feelings
This book was published 2 years ago by Grow Grit Press LLC and takes approximately 1.1 hours to read.
Inventor Ninja was used to creating and problem-solving. When there was a problem, it was usually Inventor Ninja saving the day. Until one day, his light bulb turned off. Find out what happens in this comedic book about creativity. Life is hard! And it's even harder for children who are just trying to figure things out. The new children's book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults. The Ninja Life Hacks book series is geared to kids 3-11; a perfect children's book for boys, girls, early readers, primary school students, toddlers, or any child who likes to tinker, create, and invent things. Excellent resource for counselors, parents, and teachers alike.
Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese
This book was published last year by Crown and takes approximately 3.7 hours to read.
"Many people have written about creativity, but although they were very, very clever, they weren't actually creative. I like to think I'm writing about it from the inside." --John Cleese Creativity is usually regarded as a mysterious, rare gift that only a few possess. John Cleese begs to differ, and in this short, immensely practical, and often very amusing guide he shows it's a skill that anyone can acquire. Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, he shares his insights into the nature of the creative process and offers advice on how to get your own inventive juices flowing. What do you need to do to get yourself in the right frame of mind? When do you know that you've come up with something that might be worth pursuing? What do you do if you think you've hit a brick wall? Not only does he explain the way your mind works as you search for inspiration, he also shows that, regardless of the task you've set yourself, you can learn to be better at coming up with a promising idea, refining it, and knowing when you're ready to act on it. We can all be more creative. John Cleese shows us how.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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