Creative Is a Verb: If You're Alive, You're Creative


Yearning to reclaim a creative spirit in your fantastic, unique life? . . . To live your whole life as art, not just the bits you draw on a canvas or embroider or sing? Join Patti Digh in a new kind of book that leads you by both heart and head to acknowledge, reinforce, and use your own creative spirit by teaching six creative commitments—Put Down Your Clever, Turn Around and Look, Show Up Like Magic, Please Lick the Art, Stop Trying So Hard, and Ignore All the Critics. Whether you're apt to say, "I don't have a...

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Yearning to reclaim a creative spirit in your fantastic, unique life? . . . To live your whole life as art, not just the bits you draw on a canvas or embroider or sing? Join Patti Digh in a new kind of book that leads you by both heart and head to acknowledge, reinforce, and use your own creative spirit by teaching six creative commitments—Put Down Your Clever, Turn Around and Look, Show Up Like Magic, Please Lick the Art, Stop Trying So Hard, and Ignore All the Critics. Whether you're apt to say, "I don't have a creative bone in my body and really wish I were more creative," "I'm just a dabbler but would love to be a real artist or craftsperson," or "I'm an artist and would love to be known and respected," Creative Is a Verb is for you.

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What people are saying about Creative is a Verb “Soulful, warm, funny, smart—Patti is the perfect guide for anyone who knows deep down they are an artist but is having trouble finding the doorway." —Susan Piver, NY Times bestselling author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart "I adore Patti Digh’s writing, her depth, her sizzle.This is a classic, and I said it first." —Jennifer Louden, NYTimes bestselling author of The Woman's Comfort Book and The Life Organizer Praise for LIFE IS A VERB: "Damn, girl. You write good." -Lee Hancock, Dallas Morning News "I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I adore Patti Digh’s book Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally. I love her writing, her depth, her sizzle. This is a book that makes me sing with life and the possibilities we all have for transformation and awareness. It is the best antidote I’ve got these days for the pain and fear raging around us—that and loving hugs, long naps, frevent prayer and letting myself feel whatever I’m feeling."—Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book "Life is a Verb is brilliantly-crafted, raw, gorgeously-designed, and daringly different from 'self-help' books. It relates, through stories that sparkle and astonish and soar, how to move, to be on your way, to realize who you really are through your actions. Through exercises that you participate in, as if in conversation with the author, you will learn, as she promises in the prologue, 'deeper things—how to know what to care about, how to treat others around you (and yourself), what to question, how to love, what to stand up for, and why you should tell stories and listen to the stories of others.' There is no more important learning. So read it. Inhabit it. Breathe in every word, because every word of this book is essential. Let it animate you. Annotate it to make it your own. And then let it let you change yourself, and become who you were intended to be. Begin now. You have no time to lose."—- Dave Pollard, author of The Natural Entrepreneur, and the weblog How to Save the World "Patti’s guide for the last 37 days of life will turn every one of your next 3700 days a fully lived experience. If you had some unsolved fear for death, that would be your season ticket to have a free ride on the train with the author. I have never seen such a simultaneously practical, esthetic and soul-caressing book in my life."—Kichiro Hayashi, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo "I laughed. I cried. I want the t-shirt! Seriously, Life is a Verb may well be the single book that will change the world or maybe only your life . . . Artful, funny, heart-breaking, Digh reminds us that today isn't a dress rehearsal and we can start today celebrating the magic of ordinary life. Reading Life is a Verb is like mainlining goodness. Digh shows us what is real and what matters, and she gives us insiders tips on how to make minuscule life corrections that result in quantum shifts in experience. She reminds us that life can easily be fun. This will surely be the last self-help book you will ever need or want to read."—Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford Emerita, author of Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up "Life Is A Verb is a wonderful treat! Good exercises, stories, and examples. Reading it will help you appreciate just how much can be gained through living with intention. It's also a lot of fun."—Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative "Life is a Verb is at once beautiful, profound and helpful—you can't beat that combination." —Sam Keen, NY Times best-selling author of Fire In the Belly "We need this book." -Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning poet "Patti Digh writes like her hair is burning. You will dog-ear the pages and circle words and phrases and write in the margins. Patti is a great big, wide open contribution to the planet." —Lisa Gates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599218830
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/26/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 821,701
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Patti Digh

PATTI DIGH is the creator and author of the award-winning blog with over 15,000 subscribers from around the world. She is also author of LIFE IS A VERB (9781599212951, Skirt, 8/08, Bookscan 13,519 RTD), a Books for a Better Life nominee. Patti also conducts "Life is a Verb" retreats and telecoaching sessions to help people wake up and live more intentional, meaningful lives. Patti is an internationally-recognized speaker and storyteller who has worked in over 60 countries and in almost every U.S. state to help individuals, organizations, and communities work more effectively across difference and to bring more mindfulness to their work in the world. Her first book, Global Literacies (Simon & Schuster), was a Fortune magazine best business book for 2000.Comfortable in front of any audience, Patti is a creative and illuminating presence, reaching people from the boiler room to the boardroom, from Tel Aviv to Johannesburg to Hastings, Nebraska. Her intuitive understanding of diverse locations and people is deep, and she is able to find a common story along this vast rainbow of audiences with great humor and insight. A longtime faculty member for the prestigious Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, her comments and articleshave appeared on PBS and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Fortune magazine, among other international publications. Thousands of readers from around the world have responded to the deeply authentic message of LIFE IS A VERB. As one reader wrote, If the Buddha had two children, two cats, a dog, and a huge crush on Johnny Depp, he might be called Patti Digh. Life is a Verb has been called a soul-help book, not a self-help book. See and

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