A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

by Emily P. Freeman


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The majority of us would not necessarily define ourselves as artists. We're parents, students, businesspeople, friends. We're working hard, trying to make ends meet, and often longing for a little more--more time, more love, more security, more of a sense that there is more out there. The truth? We need not look around so much. God is within us and he wants to shine through us in a million little ways.

A Million Little Ways uncovers the creative, personal imprint of God on every individual. It invites the discouraged parent, the bored Christian, the exhausted executive to look at their lives differently by approaching their critics, their jobs, and the kids around their table the same way an artist approaches the canvas--with wonder, bravery, and hope. In her gentle, compelling style, Emily Freeman encourages readers to turn down the volume on their inner critic and move into the world with the courage to be who they most deeply are. She invites regular people to see the artistic potential in words, gestures, attitudes, and relationships. Readers will discover the art in a quiet word, a hot dinner, a made bed, a grace-filled glance, and a million other ways of showing God to the world through the simple human acts of listening, waiting, creating, and showing up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800722449
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 264,988
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Emily Freeman is the author of Grace for the Good Girl and Graceful. Whether writing or speaking, Emily's words create space for souls to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the gracefulness of the everyday and the sacredness of our inner lives. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children and their crazy dog. Connect with Emily online at www.emilypfreeman.com.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Who Is the Artist? 11

1 Awake 13

2 Reflect 19

Part 2 Uncover the Art You Were Born to Make 35

3 Desire: Look Within 39

4 Rescue: Look Back 58

5 Sink: Look Up 71

6 See: Look Around 88

7 Listen: Look Beneath 106

Part 3 Release the Art You Were Made to Live 123

8 Show Up 127

9 Wait 145

10 Offer 160

11 Wonder 176

12 Create 190

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 215

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A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, November 16, 2013 a million little ways by emily p. freeman ~ uncover the art you were made to live ©2013 He comes into us, then comes out of us in a million little ways. pp27-28 ~ We are colanders filled with glory-water. Our best efforts are spent trying to cover the seeping holes with not enough fingers. God's glory demands display. Yet sometimes when we get a glimpse of it, when we taste something we come alive doing, when we feel that sense of purpose wake up within us, we become terrified. And so instead, we spend our time looking for plastic bags to catch it before it pours out, wasted. We want to be something more sensible, more practical. Something like a jar with a lid. No holes. No glory leaks. Let's control it, contain it. Let's be reasonable. In this action, we have forgotten who we are. Surely God has another way to display his glory. Surely he doesn't intend to do it through me. Is there anyone else in all of Scripture who can declare glory like a living, breathing poem? There is only one other place this exact word poiema, or workmanship, is used. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made [poiema], they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (Rom. 1:20) Beautiful book! I would need to write all of it out for you to express God's glory in us. He has redeemed us and called us His own. No greater glory ~ He is all of it!! 2 Cor 4:6-11,16-18 (NIV) For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ... Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Open up into God's potential for you... for me. We are indeed His workmanship made for His glory. To express Him through our syrofoam cups given over to the Potter of our souls. How glorious He is!!! ~*expressing ourselves for His glory*~ ***Thank you to Revell Blog Tour Network for inviting me on this blog tour for Emily P. Freeman's A Million Little Ways: uncover the art you were made to live.... This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think of myself as a creative or artsy person. I call my sister or friend for advice in matching outfits. I don't pick up a paintbrush unless I'm just copying something. I know my gifts are not in arts and crafts. Even though I enjoy making things, it's not likely any of my projects will end up on Pintrest. So getting a book about how to 'uncover the art you were made to live' wasn't something I was expecting to resonate with. But this book touched my heart and gave me a new perspective on what art truly is. It made me see that the creativity in the universe comes from the original Author of life and He is one that is crafting a story through us. Or one might say He is an Artist painting a masterpiece. Or crafting a poem, we are His poeima. I really enjoyed this read and didn't want to hurry through it but savor each bit as I let it sink deep down into my soul. Like I said, I'm not crafty but she explained that since we are made in the image of God and He is a creative creator we will be like Him in that. I loved her image of us a colander and how he pours into us and that his glory is revealed through us in 'a million little ways.' As we are willing to be used by Him we will reflect his creativity. My favorite part was that she didn't just keep to the typical ideas of what an artist looks like, musicians, writers, painters. She included all the different ways one can serve in this world from CEOs, janitors, or stay at home moms. I particularly resonated with what she spoke about moms and how to live present in the art God is doing through me. It was a wonderful word picture for me that has inspired me to live more fully alive and aware of all that He is doing around the world. Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
This amazing little book is jammed packed with golden nuggets of all shapes and sizes ... a million different ways you can gain insight, inspiration and courage packed into this wonderful item.  Emily P Freeman has done a wonderful job of breaking down barriers, opening dark closets and sweeping out unused corners in my life from her book A Million Little Ways. A true delight. Originally I found her poetic style of writing a little confusing and even distracting. However the more I dove into the book and allowed her whimsical flow to rest with me, the more I began to see and understand her message. It isn't a concrete message - like facts or formulas. Instead Emily draws you to a new way of thinking like an excellent story-teller does. Who do I think should buy and read this book? Anyone who has ever wondered, is this all I am supposed to be? Or do? Or experience? Emily believes we all have a job to do as believers but what that "job" looks like can be expressed in ... A Million Little Ways. And, as Emily says in her book, "I can't imagine anything more dangerous to the enemy of our hearts than people who know who they are." So often we become consumed with the practical, the minute-by-minute and the never-ending to-do lists that are the constructs of our lives. Yet, that takes our focus off God and onto us, changing us. Emily says, "I am no longer an image bearer (of God) with a job to do. I become a job-doer with an image to maintain." This book will enlighten, enrich and entertain you beyond your expectations.  It did for me. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
VicG More than 1 year ago
Emily P. Freeman in her new book “A Million Little Ways” published by Revell Books focuses on letting go of the try-hard life. From the Back Cover:  Do you desperately fear you have nothing to offer the world but secretly hope you’re wrong? You were born to make art. You were made to live art. You might not see yourself as an artist, but you are–in so many unexpected ways. In what you create, whether poetry or pie, sculpture or sand castle, calligraphy or conversation. It’s time to uncover the shape of your soul, turn down the voice of the inner critic, and move into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are.  Creating a life of meaning is not about finding that one great thing you were made to do, it’s about knowing the one great God you were made to glorify–in a million little ways. Why do we all go to museums?  Because inside those walls are housed beautiful works of art ranging from exquisite paintings to super realistic statues that can captivate our interest, sometimes, for hours and bring us back to see them again and again.  We are the creation of God, made in His likeness.  Therefore since He is a creator then we are creators as well.  God makes His creations from scratch we use whatever elements that are available.  However that does not limit any of us and we all have that ability all that separates us is the medium we use to do our creating.  Emily Freeman understands that and in “A Million Little Ways” she helps focus our creative energy and let the power of God live through us express our creativity.   Ms. Freeman divides the book into three parts.  Part One:  Who is the artist? Part Two:  Uncover The Art You Were Born To Make.  Part Three:  Release The Art You Were Made To Live.  It is time we stopped holding back our creativity and let it go.  Better for us and better for the world because once they see what we can do then we can be a help to release the creative energy within them.  Then our world will be filled with really beautiful treasures.  I recommend this book highly!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
This book is short and all about how to bring out your inner artist. There are some religious undertones inserted throughout. All in all, the author encourages readers to find what they enjoy doing and keep doing it. Childhood dreams and fears are challenged as Freeman relates anecdotes both from her life and others lives as well. I am not going to lie and say this book is one of its kind because it isn't. There are plenty of self-help books on discovering your passion. This isn't even the first one with Christian undertones. However, for those that like Freeman's writing style, this book hits home and delivers. While this book can be for any readers, it definitely feels as though it is geared more towards women. Also, this is just me, but I felt a bit of housewife undertones. There is nothing wrong with that, but I'm just pointing out how I perceived the book audience to book. Prepare to look back, look inward, and look forward as you continue to discover more of yourself. Have a little fun and let your inner artist come out.