Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Walking In This World - book review
This book is a continuation of the process of discovering our creative self. It begins with the tools that the author recommends everyone practice throughout the process of working through the book, which is set up as a 12-week program. Morning Pages and Artist's Dates were both introduced in The Artist's Way, but this book adds an additional tool, 20-minute Weekly Walks, to help focus our thinking thus helping with breakthroughs in our creativity.
Since I checked this book out from the library, I did not have the luxury of working through the chapters one each week. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading through and mentally working through some of the assigned tasks. Many of the tasks involved creating lists (list 20 small, creative actions you could take or list 5 people to whom you feel closely connected and devise one creative project you could undertake to show them your love and gratitude for their friendship) while others involved small activities (try a five-minute breather in a new atmosphere like a church/forest/ travel store or acquire a small blank notebook for sketching, carry it with you and sketch the small adventures of life). Other tasks involved fill-in-the blank activities, journaling, writing, and creating.
I definitely recommend this book, however I suggest reading The Artist's Way first if you are not familiar with Julia Cameron and the use of Morning Pages and Artist's Dates. I've journaled off and on throughout my life and have found myself drawn to writing Morning Pages at varying times. And I love the idea of Artist's Dates, which I typically call my INSPIRATION days.
Have you read either of these books? If so, do you write Morning Pages and take yourself on Artist's Dates?