Today, I'd like to welcome Holly! She's guest blogging today to talk about Nate Pruitt's book, Creative in God's Image: Engaging the Creative Good. She is a 30-year-old writer who strives to share honestly and transparently in hopes that it will encourage others to be open about their own struggles and lessons learned. She's been accused of being sassy, which she finds to be an admirable attribute. Her favorite things include: making people laugh, chocolate, sweatshirt weather and authentic conversations over coffee. You can read more of her writings over at www.thecommonqueen.com
Recently, I have been struggling with this journey God has me on.
A long time ago, I realized that God gave me a passion for writing. Even though I knew deep down in my soul I was made to write, I ignored it. I made excuses for why I couldn’t pursue this dream—lack of time, fear, and insecurity, just to name a few. I had questions. Lots of questions, like, “How do I even start?” All of those things combined paralyzed me, and I decided to take the easy road.
Instead of stepping out in faith, I stayed in my small little comfort zone. I filled my time with good things, but even good things can distract us from God-ordained things.
Maybe you can relate—you know God has called you to do something, but you’ve been pushing it aside. Like me, you’ve been bound by fear or unsure on how to move forward. You assure yourself that “someday” you’ll pursue those dreams and callings, but as each day passes, you are nowhere closer to starting.
About a year and a half ago, I had a moment of courage and started a blog. I wasn’t sure what I was doing; I just knew I needed to write. So that’s what I did.
It hasn’t always been easy, though. At night, I’ve often laid in bed and wondered if I should just give up instead of moving forward. Call it quits. Throw in the towel. Walk away while I still have some sanity (and hair).
Recently, while deep in my discouragement, I read Nate Pruitt’s book, Creative in God’s Image: Engaging the Creative Good, and it has given me renewed hope to continue pursuing this dream. The strength is coming back to my bones and the determination to continue on in the plan that God has creatively designed for me.
Nate’s book was a timely reminder (and kick in the pants) for me to keep going. He put it best when he said, “..the Creator of the Universe, who breathes life into your lungs, has appointed you to your calling—speaking that worth into your life—and that means that a man/woman such as you should NOT run away.”
You can’t run away, and neither can I.
In Creative in God’s Image: Engaging the Creative Good, Nate has taken Bible stories that many of us have heard numerous times and shone new light on them in such a way as to bring fresh revelation to the reader. It's brimming with wisdom and truth that is presented in a clear and practical manner. The concepts, although deep in nature, are easy to understand and grasp.
In one portion of the book, Nate uses the life of Joseph as an example for why we mustn't give up. “Joseph didn’t stop believing when things became difficult, frustrating, or inexplicably failed,” he reminds us. No matter what it is that God has called you to, there are going to be moments of frustration. Moments where it looks like your hard work hasn’t paid off. That’s not the end of the story. Not for Joseph and not for you.
Some of the most powerful sections of the book were where Nate spoke of his personal revelations about God and His character. Whether it was through an interaction with his child or in the words of a prayer that was prayed over him, each analogy brought a beautiful reminder of the heart of God and His purposes for us. It is these types of stories and connections to the author’s life that show us that God is continually speaking through a variety of avenues in order to make a point. God is trying to get our attention and focus, which Nate points out numerous times throughout the book.
I devoured this book in fewer than two hours and loved every page. It’s a quick read, but left me feeling refreshed and ready to keep going. I'd urge everyone to read it so that they, too, can be encouraged in the purpose and calling for their lives. I’ll leave you with this one last thought from the book: “You are designed with purpose. There is not one part of you that God can’t restore and repurpose for the work of the Kingdom of Heaven.”
You can purchase Nate Pruitt’s book, Creative in God’s Image: Engaging the Creative Good—it would make a great stocking stuffer this Christmas season!