In Being Creative, Laura Bartnick, shows how creative God is, and how we are made to cultivate education, laughter, nutritious food, respect for others, unity in God’s children, financial codes of conduct, imagination and creativity, healthy boundaries, responsibility, and praise to borrow her plea on the final pages of the book. Bartnick is no fan of Christian fiction, being sermons delivered unilaterally through direct, rational messages to the readers. As humans, we would benefit more from character development stories, fantasy, unexpected endings, wonder, and doubt. A more holistic worldview gives way more room for creativity, of which writings definitely have the author’s interest. Not all art is for all audiences, to quote one of the chapter headings.
Numerous examples from e.g. the Bible, literature, and parenting, Laura shows breathing in the Spirit of God, letting it flow through our body, and exhaling love for our fellow humans will make the world a better place to live, more in God’s image, towards fulfillment and purpose. He is visible in odd places, outside the beaten paths. Bartnick is not afraid to touch upon sensitive topics like sensuality and sexuality, whether or not to enjoy secular books and movies, and the practical consequences of everything Christians hear about on Sunday morning. Mostly well-thought, sometimes cutting corners like the perception of non-sensual nakedness in art schools. Even those kinds of disagreements are good for the mind to think about and make more educated decisions.
About the author
Laura Bartnick has managed Capture Books since 2015. She graduated with a degree in Bible and Music from Montana Bible College and then earned a B.A. in Contemporary Composition at Colorado Christian University. She finished her education in paralegal studies at Denver Paralegal Institute. The author of the devotional, Everyday Bride (1998), she additionally authored two other awarded books under pen names. She currently writes for fun and to do business for Capture Books authors.