A Million Little Ways: Review and Giveaway

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Β ******This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much for your interest.*********

I don’t do giveaways. Not because I don’t think they’re awesome (they are), but because I rarely manage to keep up with the goings on in my everyday off-line life. Add in internet goings on, and there’s no end to the chaos I might create. The mothers on the receiving end of my emails, fulfilling my duties as Classroom Mom, would heartily agree. I’m a train wreck when it comes to the details.

But, today calls for a giveaway, and I’m committed to following through. If you’ve read here for any length of time, you know I am a fan (I prefer not to call myself a stalker) of Emily Freeman and her writing. This fall, she released her third book called A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. I scooped up a copy as soon as it showed up on the shelves, and highlighted the life out of it.

This book. Friend, it doesn’t matter if you consider yourself an artist or not, this book will turn you inside out. It is for each one of us who has asked the question “What do I have to offer the world?” and feared that the answer is “Nothing.” Emily looks deep into what it means to live life as an artist, one who is created in the image of God, with the express purpose of bearing His image in this world. We each have something to offer, and what we offer comes out when we live our lives “like a lyric and not a list”.

Emily says this, ” …we have the capacity to reflect the relational glory of God no matter who we’re with, what we’re doing, or what’s gone wrong. This is when art is a verb rather than a noun. It isn’t something you point to, it’s a way you live.”

If you feel stuck, fearful, or confused about what you have to offer, consider living like art is a verb. If you’re not sure where to start, start with A Million Little Ways. It walks you through a process of discovery and helps you uncover your art. Because I love this book so very much, and I want all of us to learn how to live like an artist, I’m giving away two copies of Emily’s book today.

Leave a comment, and I’ll pick two winners at random to receive a book. Be sure to include your contact details. Tell me, what does living like an artist mean to you?

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The Bloom book club at (in)courage is using A Million Little Ways for their current discussion. If you’re looking to dig deeper into the book with others, you might consider joining them. Check out Bloom for more of Emily and her book.

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  • Katie

    oh, wow! this is neat. i am a grad student in speech language therapy. living like an artist means celebrating the uniqueness of my kids and meeting them where they’re at. being fun and cute and singing songs and making crafts to work on language goals, while remembering deeply that some kids aren’t typical and God is faithful to them.

  • Embracing who you are, who God made you to be, and living “you” with complete abandon.
    Pick me, pick me, pick me. I am a 44 year old gal that still has no idea what that looks like.

  • Kara

    i have wanted to read this book ever since I heard it was coming out, but i have been heistant because to be honest, I am/was nervous abotu what it might reveal to me, how it might cause me to take a deep look at truth in my life and who I am that I have been ignoring for a while. maybe I will get chosen and that will be God telling me to stop hiding.

  • CaitlinB

    To me, living like an artist means means moving through my day knowing that I was born to create using the gifts He has given, in ways that turn the glory back to Him.
    Thank you for offering the giveaway!

  • Becca

    I follow Emily’s blog too. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Just haven’t been able to pick up a copy yet. Would love to win one though!

  • This is wonderful! I too am a huge fan of Emily (but don’t like to call myself a stalker πŸ™‚
    Such an exciting book! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk

    I don’t do giveaways either, for the same reasons!
    Living like an artist . . . hhhmmmm . . . I feel like it has to do with mirroring the creativity of God, the creativity that believes there’s no such thing as a dead-end.

  • Laura Moore

    This sounds like a great book!

  • For me, living like an artist is a state of mind. I have to be on the lookout for topics to write about from a fresh perspective.
    And I am dying to read this book! Can that count for multiple entries? πŸ˜‰

  • jennifer w.

    Thank you for the give away. I think that living like an artist brings a depth to the soul that we so often miss in our hustle bustle lives.

  • can’t wait to read this book!

  • Jen Stanbro

    I’m so blessed that God is using His daughters in such huge ways! I would love to soak up all that God has spoken through Emily in A Million Little Ways! As for living like an artist…I have to say I LOVE what Kelly said–mirroring the creativity of God…there is so much depth to that simple statement because God’s creativity comes in so many glorious forms.

  • I would love to have a copy of this to read & give away! I’m a writer, and I think about living like an artist like this: taking experiences, good or painful, and turning them into something beautiful. Love this quote (forget who it’s by): “A writer is someone on whom nothing is wasted.”

  • Amy Krance-Wendt

    This would be an incredible giveaway to win! I’m a music teacher, so in a way, I do live like an artist. To me, it’s putting my heart in to what I’m doing, and encouraging others to put part of themselves into their work as well. Thanks for this opportunity!

  • jessa

    Once upon a time, I went away for a few days to what I affectionately call “The Pines” and the Glorious Out of Doors that God created. While there, He spoke deep into my heart, whispering over and over the word “Art!” I puzzled as to what He meant, but as I grew and grew some more, I became someone to whom others confide their darkest secrets and pain. I listen with an artful ear and respond with an artful voice, both of which He anoints for this work of the heart I do. Now, I am starting to write. I would love to have a copy of this book to share with another, please, as I do have my own. What a precious gift! Thank you for this opportunity, Kimberly!

  • Sandy

    living like artist means to me…living life to the fullest and being grateful to all experiences good or bad

  • Lizzie Goldsmith

    For me, living as an artist means being fully myself, and being dedicated to starting conversations rather than stopping them, and conversation over performance.

  • Terry C

    For me living like an artist is to be totally alive, living a life wholly to who I am and enjoying every moment that I can while I am here on this earth and to glorify God in the process. Thank you for opportunity. πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia

    Living as an artist for me is living in each and every moment and experience in my life and turning the experience into a work of art

  • Living like an artist for me is creativity in the mundane — from seemingly ordinary tasks of cooking or re-arranging pillows on the couch to stringing words together in a letter or blog post to scooping up moments on the camera and sharing them.

  • This book is for sure on my “want” list for Christmas. I love Emily and the way God speaks through her. For me, living like an artist has to begin with me admitting I even am an artist. I can’t tell you how long it took me to call myself a writer.

    I have a friend who is an amazing artist. She paints pictures that capture God’s glory and move my heart. I want to do that with words – to create art that moves others, that captures His glory, only with words instead of paint. Thank you for this giveaway! (And thanks to Emily who pointed the way over here from Twitter.) πŸ™‚

    Blessings,
    K