Book Review: Called to Create by Jordan Raynor | Jest Kept Secret

Called to Create

Title: Called to Create

Author: Jordan Raynor

Genre: Religion/Entrepreneurship

Blurb

We were created by an infinitely creative God to reflect his love and character to the world. One way we do that is by continuing his creative work. In this energizing book, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author Jordan Raynor helps artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and other creatives reimagine our work as service to God and others…

Perfectly poised to reach today’s growing creative class, this unique work restores God’s position as the first entrepreneur, helping readers see the eternal value in the work they do today.

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My Thoughts

I was worried that this was going to be cheesy—one of those “beat you over the head with the moral” kind of books. But it wasn’t. The gospel principles are sound, the insights are profound and thought-provoking, and the stories were inspiring. Raynor uses famous entrepreneurs and creatives to illustrate his points, including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the founders of various charities and corporations. I enjoyed reading their stories and learning from their examples.

I also really loved the concept that God was the first entrepreneur, and that by being creative and entrepreneurial, we can become like Him. That is especially true as we run our creative endeavors with certain Christlike attitudes, including a desire to bless the lives of others, attention to detail and quality, following divine inspiration, and focusing more on giving than taking. I’ve mentioned before that I feel called to create this blog. I want to glorify God and serve His children with all I do. With that in mind, Called to Create was an endless source of inspiration and enlightenment. I wish I owned a copy so that I could highlight everything that I found particularly useful, but chances are, that would be most of the book.

If you are a creative person—whether professionally or not—this book is an excellent treatise on the ways we can use our God-given talents to glorify Him and to do His work on the earth.

Score: (4 / 5)

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