Gently Awakened: The Influence of Faith on Your Artistic Journey

Gently Awakened: The Influence of Faith on Your Artistic Journey

by Sara Joseph


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937756871
Publisher: Deep River
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sara Joseph, is an artist in paint, clay, and verse. Her artworks are in private collections around the world. She holds a BA in fine arts, as well as an interior design degree. She is co-owner of Artists' Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and web author of Christian Artist Resource.

Table of Contents

Make It Plain 11

Come Out from Among Them 19

Blessed Assurance 23

The Way, the Truth, and the Life 29

A Different Decision 35

Honoring the Master 43

Lessons of the Fig 47

Nursemaid's Elbow 59

The Poem 67

Listening to Hear 71

Communicating 77

The Adventure 89

Purpose 93

Being Me, Yet Becoming Him 101

Antidote for Amnesia 107

Yielding to the Light 113

Obedience 125

Absence of Fear 131

One Overwhelming Fear 141

A Clear Mission 151

Salt for Success 159

Seed for the Sower 169

Small Things 187

Sara Joseph Art 193

The Studio 209

The Precision of Timing 214

What Is Christian Art? 220

Persevering 226

EPT: Early Pregnancy Test 231

The Final Wash 243

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Gently Awakened converts the hearts of readers as it covers deep terrain of faith, theology, salvation, beauty, and creativity in an engaging and personal manner. This is a book that needed to be written and should be widely read.” —Marisa Martin, columnist, World Net Daily; visual artist

"Gently Awakened is Sara Joseph's story, but it is also truth for you as an artist to read, consider, and then act on yourself. Sara shares personal experiences and challenges as a professional artist, yet relates them directly to scripture. Her poetry, painting, and sculpture will challenge the reader. This makes a fun, yet challenging, read. I read this with a pencil in hand, marking spots of insights, for me to stop, ponder, pray, and act on myself.

She has challenged me to reexamine my spiritual growth and stagnation—to break through the things of the world for the things God has set aside for me to do.I will read this book again for further insight into God, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and me as an artist an d as a Believer.” John S. Freeman, founder, executive director, The MasterClass Academy

"Sara has captured the struggle and answer for the journey of every creative person. In relating her own struggle, she brings to life what is both unique and similar for every artist. She does not dodge the deep questions of purpose, money, and fear. She reveals the answers by lavishing us with her own gift of creative writing, especially her poetry. Travel on her journey with tears, laughter, and admiration. It will strengthen your resolve to rely on the Creator of our gifts and to use those gifts for the benefit of all.” Dr. Pete Deison, founder, Park Cities Presbyterian Art Festival

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ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite Gently Awakened by Sara Joseph is the extraordinary tale of how the author perceives her God and translates how she feels as an artist into her work. The author includes her poetry, paintings, and sculptures, which are sublime and she relates each piece unto the scriptures. As well as including these lovely pieces into the story, we also follow the author's unique story. There are various references from the scriptures throughout which relate well to the book. As the story unfolds, we clearly see how the author relates to her God in what she achieves through her work. I found this book to be very moving and yet highly inspirational. Gently Awakened by Sara Joseph is cleverly written in a way which leaves her readers in awe. I found the poetry and the art throughout unique to the artist. With Sara's struggle written on paper, the reader can then see the development for themselves as she finally relates this to God. It is also clear how the author tackles each problem head on and is not afraid to forget about such issues. I was also fascinated by her elaborate Indian childhood and how this in itself creates more layers for her work. As a fellow Christian, I was thrilled by each new reference to a certain scripture. Overall, the story and the way in which Sara incorporated things into her work gave the reader something to aim for. It truly captivated my heart and if I can take one thing from this it would be to try and balance my faith somehow in my own work.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Gently Awakened - The Influence of Faith on Your Artistic Journey by Sara Joseph is the inspiring story of the author. Sara shares her faith in Jesus Christ with which she developed her artistic qualities of painting, clay, and writing verses. She speaks of living in harmony with the creator in an artistic way. The combination of verse and artwork makes the book original and reveals the author's expertise as an artist. The author asks readers to tap into the potential given to them by God and start expressing themselves. Her book will open the mind of readers and motivate them to make their lives more interesting. The theme is very original. All of us possess hidden talents that lie dormant inside us. We always think that these creative talents are not essential in our journey of life. But the author motivates readers to bring out their talents and channel their artistic energies in a proper way. The author's poetry and artwork are all thought provoking moments. The quotes from the Scriptures make the author's thoughts more profound and effective. The book gives a glimpse of the artistic and inner journey of the author, which is not only inspiring but also helps you to find that connection with God. The book caters to a wide range of readers because it is artistic, profound, and has some very good messages for readers. The book is a wonderful celebration of faith and love towards Jesus Christ. An inspiring book with loads of ideas to develop one's creativity and thereby connect with Jesus Christ. A very original theme.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Is it even possible to be a Christian artist and thrive? In “Gently Awakened,” by Sara Joseph, you’ll come to understand that it is impossible not to. Sara shows how the scriptures not only bring us to salvation, but direct us toward the meaning in our lives. Her illustration, taken from the book of Jeremiah, concerning the “good figs” sets the stage for creating an understanding of our need to bear the fruit that we were created to bear. She shows how Satan often tries to use the same tricks he has always used in order to derail our efforts, because by bearing our fruit we become more like our creator. Sara gives practical applications of the scriptures to help you commit to using your art in order to bear witness of Christ rather than hiding it under a bushel or abandoning it altogether. Through surrendering to your purpose in Christ, she shows how the miracles which seem to be distant and ancient stories can become a reality and the abundance which comes from God’s bounty is ours. Her book is illustrated with her own works of art throughout as a testimony to her commitment to the calling which God has placed upon her. Sara Joseph touched a deep spot within me through “Gently Awakened.” Although I have already taken steps toward the transformation to a full time writer and novelist, there have been times that I have wondered if I am truly following the path which 40 years of faith has set before me. I have turned away from that path time and time again as I have pursued “making a living.” Sara very gently allowed me to see that the seasons of my art are moving forward, just like the seasons of the fig tree from planting, cultivating, blossoming and bearing fruit come through time as the tree is tended. Honest, inspiring and practical; “Gently Awakened” is essential reading for artists who are seeking God’s guidance for their vocation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sara is a great artist, very creative and sensitive. I was able to picture her childhood, as she narrated her story. I love the way she shows encouragement to everyone, with their different gifts and callings. Definitely a great book to read and a perfect gift!