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Creating Space: The Case for Everyday Creativity by Ed Cyzewski

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My book sales are down. Criticism is up. Writing books, blog posts, and social media content takes a lot of work and I’ve reached a point where I don’t think it is worth it any longer. That’s why I haven’t published anything new in two years. Between the fear of criticism and the disappointment with results, I feel paralyzed. It really squelches my creativity. But as I read Creating Space by Ed Cyzewski, I felt a new sense of clarity and purpose flicker within me. “In fact, what if you replaced the word ‘failure’ with ‘practice’?” – @edcyzewski, Creating SpacePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Critics are people who avoid creating. If I keep that in mind, it minimizes the pain of harsh words about my creative work. “I was made to create, not to criticize.” – @edcyzewski, Creating SpacePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   As for book sales, Cyzewski...

Right-Brained Folks Will Love This Bible

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If you’ve read my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, you’ll know I devote a whole chapter to right-brained approaches to the Bible (and a whole chapter to left-brained approaches). So I’m glad to see the Christian community embracing these differences finally. There has been a growing movement of Bible journaling in which people draw, doodle, and color in their Bible. Right-brainers have always colored, or even color-coded, their Bibles. And a little bit of color makes even left-brain study methods more interesting for right-brained folks. This week, I received my Inspire NLT Bible, which I fondly refer to as “my coloring Bible.” It’s a compact size but it contains more than 400 illustrations of Bible verses to color. And look at the beautiful page edges done in butterflies and floral designs.       Every page has a wide margin, which contains either a...

Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth

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Praying in Color Drawing a New Path to God Sybil MacBeth 2013 100 pages     I was immediately drawn to the title, Praying In Color. What a curious and vivid image! I had to know more because I’m an advocate for engaging God with both sides of your brain. Silent prayer can be a challenge for anyone, but even more so if you are a visual person stimulated by color and design or a kinesthetic person who needs to keep your hands busy to keep your mind focused. This is the need solved by Praying In Color. The idea is to doodle while you pray—and the doodling itself can be a wordless prayer....