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    Why I Choose this Book It s about being creative The title drew me in and made me curious What I Thought About this Book There were some elements of this book that I really liked, and several of the chapters hit the four star mark I especially liked how the author pointed out that God is creative and that we are created in His image and are supposed to live creatively The first time I heard that concept about five years ago , I was shocked and delighted To think of creating as a way that we can be like our heavenly Father is amazing I still enjoy pondering that idea I think that somewhere the author mentions he didn t write this book for artists, and I really got that vibe I was imagining something whimsical and thought provoking and, well, now that I think about it, probably something that wasn t as practical as Create Vs Copy It wasn t that there was anything wrong with the book, but I didn t click with the author and there were times I felt like I was sloshing through the words The book was focused on the theoretical side of creativity than I was prepared for It s kinda like finding a suit when you d been prepared for a multi colored, twirling dress Conclusion Only a few chapters made me really sit up and take notice, but I think a lot of people will enjoy this book It s also got a cool style going on inside with various drawings and big red boxes with words Rating I m giving Create Vs Copy Three Stars five out of Ten I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review


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    I was at my church s annual conference having a little downtime between sessions when I came upon this book As a person with a passion for creative ministry, I picked it up instantly and it did not disappoint This book is a lot than just a book on art and ministry It is about bringing our best gifts to the Lord in whatever area He is calling us to The author deals with everything from the church to social justice not surprising since he is the founder of the Justice Conference This book will push you toward innovation It is well worth the read On a side note, Goodreads has this book listed at 120 pages, it is actually 180 but it was a very quick read that I will be returning to frequently, Lord willing


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    I think this book would be best read as a team, with a common goal in mind I think it needs to be treated much as a workbook of sorts than a book to be read in one s spare time The questions at the end of each chapter need to be read and thought about and answered and discussed, and the ideas in the book need to be applied to practical situations in life I am going to try to take my team at work through this book, and I am really curious what will come of it I might have a revised review to come down the road.As a book to just read through alone for pleasure, insight, learning, etc, I didn t love this one whereas I really enjoyed Ken s first two books The format of this one at first glance was exciting, as it seemed like it would make it easier to read quickly and stay tuned in, but in actuality, to me, the choppiness and short paragraphs left it all feeling choppy and incohesive I most enjoyed chapter 5, Recapturing our Imagination A good reminder for story and whimsy The whole part 1 of the book felt as if it could have been 1 introductory chapter I love Ken as a teacher, speaker, and writer, this one just wasn t my personal favorite I did appreciate the interviews, excerpts, art, and all the different voices he brought into the book Stay tuned for another review if I can take our work team through this book


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    Phenomenal book As clich as it sounds, Ken put to words all of the thoughts that I have had in my brain for years.The Bible begins with, God created the heavens and the earth God then spent a week continuing to create our world Because creativity was God s first task, Ken makes the connection to say that we were made to create Creativity doesn t have to end in a beautiful, perfect result because creativity in itself is all that is required We were wired to create from the beginning.In 2014, my word of the year was creativity I taught myself how to play guitar, made some short videos, painted wall quotes, sang, directed my first full length theatrical production, and This book solidifies my beliefs that creativity is necessary to life and that God desires for us to create I have used excerpts of this book in my small group with high school students and in my teen girls Sunday school class Both loved the concepts of Art Sunday and being made to create I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have


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    Create vs Copy had some great lines and really great ideas, but as most nonfiction books, seemed about 50 pages too long It seemed to be a bit repetitive towards the end Overall, a fast read worth a lazy afternoon of your time.


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    Note This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers All thoughts and opinions are my own I have a sort of love hate relationship with this author s work 1 , and this book is no different On the one hand, I really love what the author chooses to write about I know that he and I have an interest in similar topics ranging from justice to practical Christian living to the paradoxical nature of God s workings to the theological significance of creativity Yet although I love the topics that the author writes about, he has an infuriatingly superficial and ephemeral approach to so much of what he writes about, and this book is no different there either If I were an adherent to the social gospel like the author was, and if I had the same sort of love for pop culture reference and an avoidance of what was lasting and eternal about human nature in exchange for that which was shiny and new and temporary, I would like this book a lot It appears as if the author wants to write about significant things, but he does not have an understanding about what remains true regardless of cultural trends and so he does not write in such a way that will help him and his works to last, which is probably why he thinks himself an expert on Christianity despite living in one of the most unchurched areas of the United States.This book of a bit under 200 pages is divided into two parts After a short introduction the author encourages the reader to think about creativity I He notes, correctly, that to create is divine 1 , that creativity should be a continuous aspect of our lives 2 , that creation should be redemptive in helping to bring God s blessing to others 3 , and that we should expand our horizons 4 Then the author gets into full social gospel mode in talking about how to practice creativity II Here the author encourages the reader to recapture one s imagination 5 , compares and contrasts imagination and innovation 6 , looks at how creativity can become intentional instead of rare and accidental 7 , and how it can be generous 8 After this the author writes about a new song in the conclusion and provides acknowledgements and notes Towards the end of the book, I felt a bit personally aggrieved because of the author s harsh comments on critics, which seemed a bit unjust since it is my purpose in reading the book to be a critic of it, signs of the author s general tone deafness as a writer.I hope that it is clearly understood that I believe the author has written about an important subject here As God is a creator, so too we are a greater in imitatio Dei, subcreators in the manner that Tolkien defended the legitimacy of his own creations Yet while this world could use books that help defend the legitimacy of creativity among Christians, it is highly doubtful that the author is the best person to write such books After all, the author has a malign political agenda that seeps through in all of his works, and has an unquenchable tendency to talk himself up as some kind of expert when he fails at the most basic aspects of presenting eternal biblical truth rather than pop culture fads in this and his other volumes For the author to write truly worthwhile books, it would be necessary for him to talk less about himself and be a much knowledgeable exegete of the Bible As it is, there are some things to appreciate about this book, but to wish that one was reading a book by a better author 1 See, for example


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    If I were to copy anyone, I d copy Ken Wytsma He is lead pastor of Antioch in Bend, Oregon, president of Kilns College where he teaches philosophy and justice , creative advisor for non profits and founder of the Justice Conference Additionally, he is the author of three great books His latest, Create vs Copy , digs deep into the theology and practice of creativity So yeah, I m overawed and would love to copy Wytsma Only I couldn t and shouldn t.Create vs Copy doesn t have much to say about copying, outside its introduction and first chapter SPOILER ALERT don t do it Wytsma s focus is on creating Creativity leads us to blazes trails, innovate, and try new things 14 Copying does not although there is space for creative borrowing.The book unfolds in two parts Part one presents a theology of creativity Part two explores the practices which bring creativity to life Of course it isn t quite that neat Wystma s thoughtfulness about the why behind the creative process underpins his practical suggestion practice bleeds out of his theology The whole book is an invitation toward creative action Here is a closer look at what to expect Part 1 In chapter one, Wytsma quotes Genesis 1 27, observing the one aspect of God s nature described in the verse is this God creates 24 So Wytsma identifies creativity as part of what it means for us to bear God s image This means all of us Yes, artists, but also everyone else While artistic ability is a talent few possess and or cultivate with time and hard work , creative capacity is something all of us are born with Put another way, artists are skilled with unique talents, but creativity is part of what makes us human 27 Chapter two, Continuous Creativity, begins with Wytsma s reflections on the Second Law of Thermodynamics Increased Entropy which states All closed systems tend to move toward a state of greater disorder and dissipated energy 37 Wytsma connects this with our experience This dissipation is familiar in nearly every area of life If not renewed, donor bases will erode over time Congregations will shrink Family dynamics will tense up Relationships will fade Leadership strategies become stale and ineffective Even our bodies and minds lose their vigor 38.But entropy characterizes closed systems and creativity is our means to crack them open to allow life back in 39 Wytsma links the work of ongoing, continuous creativity to our image bearing and Gods redemptive plan God created the world, is in the process of creating, and will create a new heaven and a new earth 42 43 we were created as creative, are creating and are reaching forward with our creative potential Wytsma closes this chapter with practices for incorporating creativity at home and work 48 52.Chapter three gives shape to how creativity brings life to our decaying systems A closed system leads to narrowing horizons, creativity is aimed at making space for life to flourish 51 53 The process is organic a narrowing horizon is a fear inducing context or problem requiring a solution by responding with intentional creativity a pattern of life emerging from a nourished imagination innovation occurs 67 Chapter four describes the outworking of this theology of creativity and innovation in our globalizing world Part 2 In chapter five, Wytsma explores the ways imagination helps us see what is and what should be As we age, our capacity to imagine possibilities is constrained by our culture and peer group 110 Our creative impulse atrophies, but Wytsma contends, through its exercise, we can reignite our creativity 114.Chapter six probes the role of imagination in creative process The comprehensive imagination names our ability to understand the relevant data for seeing current problems 120 121 Our artistic imagination helps us envision what could be 122 Our practical imagination helps envision and enact solutions which will work, leading to innovation 122 123 Wytsma also identifies challenges to our imagination i.e knowing what ideas to prune and convincing people that imagination isn t the purview of the few.Chapter seven identifies the process of intentional creativity as both movement and alignment 136 Movement means doing something Our natural response to change is to buck against it, to dig in our heels, to wish things would stay the way they are or go back to the way they used to be 136 137 But inaction leads to the dissipation of entropy, and our best ideas will come in the midst of our work Drawing on Robert Epstein, Wytsma suggests we sharpen our creative skills by taking notes of new ideas, seeking out challenging tasks, broadening our knowledge, and surrounding ourselves with interesting things and people 138 140 Yet undirected creativity without healthy constraints won t get you where you want to go 142 Our creativity is aligned when we understanding our role in God s creative, redemptive work 143 Wytsma observes, When our values guide our whole creative process imagination, intentional creativity, and innovation something beautiful happens 147.The final chapter discusses generous creativity the ways in which creativity is collaborative, in processs and is aimed at relationship than results One example of creative collaboration is how each chapter is punctuated with Paul Crouse s stunning illustrations, making this book practical AND beautiful A brief conclusion summons us to creative action don t just be a copier or a critic I was predisposed to like this book I am artistic and have read Wytsma s previous books appreciatively I also love the interactive aspects like the additional reading suggestions from Ken s blog and reflection questions appended to each chapter But this book was also very helpful for me Despite my love of creativity, my last leadership role was in an entropic system where I failed to lead a process toward vitality I didn t know how to lead innovation Wytsma gives shape to how the creativity makes space for life to flourish As a rookie pastor this would have saved me a lot of grief in a way vision casting exercises didn t.According to Wytsma, all of us have the capacity and ability for creativity however he favors leadership in his examples He states, Those who create blaze trails, take risks, and try new ways They lead Copiers by definition, will always follow 14 Creativity is defined as leading copying means following Maybe so, but not everyone leads processes or people More ought to be said about creative following For leaders and artists, creativity is explicit It is what they need to do in order to thrive in business, art and life In other vocations creativity is implicit How does creativity play out in the lives of accountants creative accounting isn t good, right , nurses, housekeepers, or whatever Creativity is essential to all our image bearing, so I wish there were examples from ordinary lives.None of this detracts from my enjoyment This was a fun,fruitful read which pushed me to think and act with creativity in ministry and life I give this five stars and recommend it for leaders, artists, innovators, and yes, copycats, followers and ordinary folk It calls us to embody the spacious and life giving Note I received a copy of Create vs Copy as part of the launch team for the book I was asked for my honest review The book is slated for release on March 1, 2016 and is currently available for pre order on and can be ordered directly from the publisher s website.


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    Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur respected for his insight and collaborative spirit He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice He is the founder of The Justice Conference an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to biblical justice and God s call to give our lives away.Ken is a consultant and creative advisor to nonprofits and a sought after speaker on justice, church and culture A church planter and lead pastor at Antioch Church, Ken lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Tamara, and their four daughters.Ken is the author of, Pursuing Justice The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, The Grand Paradox The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith, and Create vs Copy Embrace Change Ignite Creativity Break Through with Imagination See at of the information above has been copied from Ken s website.I have been described as a visionary, so I was excited about Ken Wytsma s new book, Create VS Copy Embrace Change Ignite Creativity Break Through With Imagination The book is separated into two parts, Thinking about Creativity, and Practicing Creativity Thinking about Creativity contains four chapters, To Create is Divine, Continuous Creativity, Redemptive Creativity, and Expanding Horizons Practicing Creativity also contains four chapters, Recapturing our Imagination, Imagination and Innovation, Intentional Creativity, Generous Creativity In the introduction Ken writes, I am interested in the effectiveness and efficiency that comes from modern leadership and sound business principles But I am passionate about the success that comes from submitting these ideas to God s direction, refining them with a theology of creativity, and infusing them with imagination That s what this book is about p 17 I would like to affirm that Ken was not critical of previous generations, but he encourages readers to integrate creativity, innovation, and imagination, in every aspect of life.The most unique thing about this book, Ken has provided additional information related to the book on his website The information is organized according to chapter, for easy access The conclusion of each chapter includes questions designed for group, team, or individual reflection Ken has proven to demonstrate creative principle, and he has surrounded himself with creative others He explains his own experiences in the book, and he also shares case studies of those whom he has interviewed, to help readers fully grasp the necessity of creativity as a theology.Ken points out that when we are first introduced to God, He is creating Since God is creative, and we are created in His image, we are also creative The whole book was excellent, but I would like to share one particular quote that I find notable Ken writes, Our creativity, like God s must be aimed at something good We need redemptive creativity creativity that aims not just for success, but freedom and not just for ourselves, but for others and for the good of creation as a whole p 61 I appreciate Ken s humility and admonition We exercise creativity with purpose, the purpose, to bring life to everything and everybody around us I highly recommend this book.As a teacher, and the director of a summer day camp, I was challenged I have already generated some ideas But, I have to give credit, where credit is due The information in the book has helped me to think creatively, specifically the information found within the section titled, flipping the classroom If you are curious, you will just have to read the book.https www.moodypublishers.com bookshttp www. Create vs Copy I have received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program, for an honest review I have given an honest review.


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    A few years ago I was invited to do a review for a book from an author I had never heard of, but the subject was an important one to me, so I read it The book was called Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma and it turned out to be hands down the best book I have ever read on the subject of justice, and it is no question a must read on the subject.So, when I was recently invited to review Wytsma s newest book Create vs Copy, I was than happy to get involved Wytsma who lives in Bend, Oregon wears many hats on top of being an author his other books include Pursuing Justice The Grand Paradox He is the founder of the Justice Conference, the founding pastor of Antioch Church, and the president of Kilns College Create vs Copy is divided into two parts the theology of creativity and the practice of creativity To be clear this book is not just for those who consider themselves to be creative or artistic , it is for anyone and everyone who wants to live out their God given calling to create and make a redemptive difference in all corners of life from your home, to your neighborhood, to your business, to your church, to your band, the list goes on and on.I especially appreciated chapter six on imagination innovation and chapter seven on intentional creativity Wytsma breaks down imagination into three different categories, including comprehensive imagination, artistic imagination, and practical imagination and the role that each of those forms takes in innovating He then illustrates with his own family how when our values guide the whole creative process imagination intentional creativity innovation it can create beautiful and life giving environments.Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book If we are born to create, innovation isn t just about harnessing creativity it s actually about restoring creativity to its rightful place at the heart of all we do p 18 Creativity is one way we manifest and exercise the image of GodWhen people say, I don t have a creative bone in my body not only is it untrue, it s denying the image of God in us p 26 27 We need redemptive creativity creativity that aims not just for success, but freedom and not just for ourselves, but for others and for the good of creation as a whole p 61 When God redeems, He breathes life into what was dead and that is the eternal project to which we are called to lend our own creative efforts p 163 Create vs Copy is a great book that can be read individually or with a group or team Every chapter ends with reflection questions and some really great interactive further study options ie videos, recommended books, articles I knew this book did its job inspiring creativity and innovation when by the time I was reading the last couple of chapters I was jotting down notes not just for this review, but also notes on new ideas I was coming up with for being a better leader in my home and thoughts on trying new ways of leading and experiencing weekly church worship gatherings I would definitely recommend this book.If you would like to follow Ken Wytsma on Twitter, his handle is kjwytsma.For reviews see www.jonathanstephens.wordpress.com


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    Initially I declined to sign up for the free, advanced copy book review, despite having done reviews for Ken s other two books both of which I recommend While I write fairly often, at least as of late, I don t think I have ever assigned the tag of creative to myself However, after seeing him continue to mention it on Twitter, I acquiesced I am thankful I did.First off, aesthetically, this is a well done book Small but not overly so, with excellent attention to detail from the typography to the illustrations Though, a coworker joked that I was reading a picture book However I got to explain it and he seemed intrigued Second, the content is solid With finishing this book, I must say I am continuously enriched by what Ken has to say Through the whole first half he expounds on the theology of creativity From the beginning, or as we call it, creation, to the present act of creating us, and to the end, with the creation of the new heavens and earth, an in depth biblical study is evident However, as I mentioned, I have never pegged myself as a creative With this book, I believe I may change my thought on that with the quote that Artistic ability is a talent some possess Creativity is a human trait While some may see it as semantics, the truth is we are always creating As he lists, we create everything from ideas to products to memories to jokes to online posts and Sure, what we create may not always be of substance However, we are always creating, and that is his goal To encourage us to create and to innovate things of substance As this is his goal, the second half of the book is on the practical side of creation This is where he talks about dreamers and thinkers such as Copernicus, Lewis, Tolkien, Michelangelo, and They took what was in existence and dared to think what could be The status quo was not enough, there was always something Through this we received our heliocentric model of our system, some of our greatest works of fiction, and awe inspiring works of art He also talks about non profits and how they are changing He talks about challenging our current views of aide, such as the way we support our brothers and sisters in Africa through organizations such as Thrive Global not by giving but by doing business in Africa In the end, the goal is to do things for the betterment of humanity Why Because, What is powerful thank looking at the world through eyes of possibility When we sing a new song imagine new realities we become participants in God s creative work, taking our place as co creators with Him in this ever changing, ever messy but beautiful narrative So, let us not sit idly by as the critics, but engage at the very least as copiers and at best as creative innovators.


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Create vs. Copy download Create vs. Copy , read online Create vs. Copy , kindle ebook Create vs. Copy , Create vs. Copy e81e1cd0d5a6 Today S Leaders Simply Can T Succeed Without Putting Creativity In Their ToolboxIf You Don T Think You Re Creative, That May Sound Discouraging But Take Heart Creativity Can Be Taught And Practiced, And Create V Copy Shows You HowThis Short, Punchy Book Explores Various Aspects Of Creativity And Imagination And Leads You Toward A Healthy, Confident, Innovative Life Mindset It Celebrates The Good News Of Your God Given Capacity To Create And Helps You Harness It To Take Charge Of Your Life, Navigate Changing Times, And, Ultimately, Flourish And Succeed Having Traveled To Dozens Of Countries, Founded The Leading International Conference On Justice And Theology, And Collaborated With Scores Of Nonprofits, Wytsma Is Uniquely Fit To Help Us Be Culture Shapers In A World Of Global Change He Blends Theology, History, And Cultural Observation To Show Us What Being God S Creative Image Bearers Might Look Like TodayWhether You Re A Parent, CEO, Pastor, Or Politician, This Fresh Look At Contemporary Leadership Will Challenge The Way You View Your Position Of Influence, And It Will Equip You To Adapt And Thrive In Our Perplexing Yet Exciting Cultural Climate