Book Review: Creating Space

“If I don’t create, there’s a part of me that will remain unused and unfulfilled, and it may very well turn into cynicism if I continue to neglect it.   I needed to create something because I was made to create, not to criticize.” Ed Cyzewski, Creating Space

I am not a creative person by default.  Creativity requires a good bit of effort on my part, but I feel strongly that this is an area God is calling me to cultivate in my life.  It seems that there has been a prevailing theme of creativity in most of what I have been reading lately…especially from the Bible.

In his book, Creating Space, Ed Cyzewski makes some great points about how much easier it is to criticize…than to create.  Yet, as a person who has been gifted by God with a specific purpose and plan fro my life…I must take hold of creativity in order to truly serve others and play the role that I was designed to fulfill on this earth.

I’d definitely recommend this for anyone that is looking to take hold of their creative side in an effort to fully know the Creator.  I highlighted several things while reading…

  • You need to create because there is a part of you that is meant to come alive when you’re at the computer, behind a piano, holding a pen, or handling a needle.
  • You need to create because even if everything around you changes, your gifts don’t.
  • Whether or not it’s convenient or efficient, creativity is healthy and necessary. Some kind of creativity has been hard-wired into all of us. It’s aching to come out of you.
  • What would you do if you had an entire day free from obligations?
  • That pull you feel toward a creative endeavor is not a mistake. It’s a holy discontent that has been placed in you.
  • Tapping into your creativity isn’t about the finished product. It’s about the process—becoming who you were made to be.
  • Every new creative endeavor begins with a mess, chaos, and a lot of failure.
  • We all love success, but it’s something special to enjoy the creative process for what it is.
  • Every attempt to let your creativity out is vitally important practice.   In fact, what if you replaced the word “failure” with “practice”?
  • Art is for others.
  • Creativity is a form of service.
  • You have gifts to share. When used well, creativity isn’t just about you. It’s about what you have to give. It’s about leaving a mark, changing lives, and sparking a legacy that others can pass on.
  • Distractions, entertainment, and hectic schedules are the enemies of creativity. If you’re committed to your creative calling, then you need to ask yourself tough questions about how you use your time.
  • The more things I turned off, the easier it was to turn my creativity on.
  • Are you creating something?
  • I seek distractions in order to avoid the struggle of creating.
  • Creating is hard. Distracting myself is really, really easy.
  • If I don’t create, there’s a part of me that will remain unused and unfulfilled, and it may very well turn into cynicism if I continue to neglect it.   I needed to create something because I was made to create, not to criticize.

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