What It's About: The Artisan Soul is Erwin McManus's exploration of what it means to be human, and from a biblical perspective, one of the primary things that makes us human is our ability to imagine and to create. The Artisan Soul is about revealing the creative spirit in every individual while silencing the voices that would tell us that we can't create or that we're not creative. Creativity isn't just about art; being human and advancing as a people depends on the innovation of people.
Why I Read It: I've been a fan of McManus for several years, and I've read every book he's written. Each book he's written has refreshed my soul and sparked more creativity in me. McManus is a voice for people to realize that God has created them with great potential.
What I Liked About It: Everything. I love the subject of creativity, and McManus is one of my favorite voices on the subject. McManus shares deeply personal stories that carry us into a story that is bigger than us. He makes much of the Jesus that loves us and wants to unleash us to be truly human as he originally designed us to be. McManus does a great job of exposing the misconceptions people often have about creativity and encourages people to realize that they have the power to create the future. This can be a future that is God-honoring or one that is destructive to humanity. McManus calls believers to love Jesus and love people out of the giftedness with which God has created each of us. The Artisan Soul is a beautiful book about purpose and finding meaning in pursuing the heart of God in changing the world.
I would recommend this book to creatives, naturally, but I would also encourage other Christians to read it and understand their calling to be creative in the things that they pursue. This is another great book from McManus.