The beauty breathed in and out as you read it.
The gentle encouragement to embrace the belief that we make art in everything that we do – whether we write, make food, build houses, wipe dirty noses, dance, milk cows, sit and listen to someone’s pain, pack boxes, paint, teach, make beds – whatever it is, it is all art.
If you are an artist – and here’s the thing, if you’re living and breathing, you are and artist – then get this book. Read it. Highlight the words that you know are meant for you to hear (my Kindle version looks like a rainbow). Dog ear the pages that you will go back to time and time again. Carry it with you. But believe what is within – you are an artist, because you are created in the image of God, and He is the Creator, the ultimate Artist.
I haven’t even got through the whole book yet, and I know this will become one of my staple go-tos for encouragement and inspiration. I knew it would even before I started reading it, because nearly everything Emily writes makes me think we are twins separated at birth. With identical brains and thoughts. I shouldn’t be by now, but I am continually surprised by how Emily is able to take the words and thoughts floating around in my head, and put them into readable sentences that I couldn’t.
(in)courage’s Bloom book club is featuring A Million Little Ways as it’s fall selection, and I for one cannot wait to take part. I would really encourage you to get a copy of the book (available at Koorong and Word in Australia) and take part of the study, there’s something special about gathering in a community to share a journey like this.
And if you need any more convincing, watch the clip below, you won’t regret it:
Now, go make art.