My husband gave me the book Called to Create by Jordan Raynor as an anniversary gift. I heard about the book through a YouVersion Bible plan that the Call to Create team had written about C. S. Lewis. This four-day devotional inspired me to want to read more about Christian creatives who were using their gifts to honor God.
As you all know, that is my ultimate goal: to write books/short stories in order to encourage others and to bring glory to God, especially through offering help for those who suffer from anxiety. Throughout the years, God has shaped my vision for becoming a writer and for using my writing abilities for his glory. This book was honestly the climax of that realization of my vision. It was truly a confirmation that God was calling me to create.
The book is clearly for those who feel they are called to create. Who has called us? God, the First Entrepreneur, the First Creator (notice how the beginning of time began with creation!), has entrusted to us the ability to create. As an entrepreneur himself of several successful businesses, Raynor also includes that creation is not just for those who are in the arts but for those who are also business owners who create businesses. Because that is his forte, he tends to focus on entrepreneurship as a form of creating.
I learned from this book that creating for the Kingdom of God requires risk. Some people give up their successful jobs to create new jobs from scratch. When they trusted God, not only were they successful, but they were also fulfilled. I need to trust God with my creation as well, with my book and with my ultimate career as a writer. People may say that it’s impossible, or even unwise, but it is what I believe God has called me to do. It’s one of those things where I don’t have the full picture yet, but I know God does, and He is leading me one step at a time.
I anticipated the book to be ten chapters about ten people who were called to create and did wonderful things through their creations for the glory of God. The book instead is actually more like a research paper, which is good in some ways because it is not just Jordan Raynor talking about how great his business is or all the knowledge he has. However, it was borderline plagiarism at some points when he used large block quotes that were about the size of the whole page. Nevertheless, I did enjoy hearing the stories of people such as Corrie Ten Boom’s father (who had a watch shop), Truett Cathy (founder of Chick-Fil-A), and of course, C. S. Lewis and the Inklings.
Raynor does an incredible job of weaving the stories in and really bringing his ideas together. I have heard that “anyone can write a book” but as a woman who has spent three years trying to write a book, it is not that easy! Especially for people who are actually business owners; their full-time job is not writer!
The main point of the book is to recognize that full-time ministry for God does not necessarily have to involve missions work or being a pastor. You can serve God in the secular world as well, whether it is through starting your own business, being an obedient employee, or creating works of art. When God called me to dedicate my life to Him, I thought that meant that I had to be a missionary. While I do love cultures and I do want to travel all over the world, I believe that God can use me to serve Him all over the world simply through writing an inspirational book. And as I’ve seen, God has used my writing to speak to people all over the world. I believe He will continue to do so.
I am now more encouraged than ever to write my novel for God, in hopes that people who struggle with anxiety will find new hope and peace in the midst of their suffering. Keep me in prayer as I have just begun editing my book and creating a sense of structure from my free writing jumble.
If you are called to create, or if you have questions about what that looks like, I would definitely recommend getting this book. You can find out more information on this website.
Creatives, let’s change the world through our writing, art, photography, and businesses for God’s glory!