Copy Vs. Create & Life in Community: Book Reviews

Create Vs. Copy 
By Ken Wytsma 

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First-Person 
Non-Fiction
180 Pages


About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
Today’s leaders simply can’t succeed without putting creativity in their toolbox. If 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 how.
This short, punchy book explores various aspects of creativity and imagination and leads you toward a healthy, confident, more 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 today.
Whether 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.

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 more 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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Life in Community 
By Dustin Willis 

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First-Person 
Non-Fiction
186 Pages

About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
When people live in community moved by the gospel and marked by the Spirit, great things happen.  They commit to one another. They grieve together, sing together, eat, pray, and play together. They love, serve, honor, encourage, and provide for each other gladly. And they live on mission together. Hearts are healed, walls come down, and outsiders come in. No competition. No pretense. No vain conceit. Just full hearts breaking bread and giving freely.
It is nothing short of amazing.
Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community calls us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture’s stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Read it, live it, and join the movement: Help unleash the power of extraordinary community.

Why I Choose this Book: 
I’m trying to reach out and be more a part of the lives around me. It’s so easy to huddle in my office and seclude myself at work, but I want to really live and to touch lives and be touched by other people’s lives. 

What I Thought About this Book:
I enjoyed the book. It was insightful, rooted in scripture, easy to read, and filled with paragraph-long real-life stories that made it easy to relate to. 
The author does a great job of exploring what the Bible has to say about the way we’re supposed to live life. We can’t pull into ourselves and live an abundant, Godly life. Instead, we’re told to be involved with other people’s lives. We’re supposed to bare one another’s burdens, not forsake the gathering of believers, be hospitable, confess our faults to one another, and the list goes on. None of those things can be accomplished if we don’t interact with others. 
In Life in Community we learn practical ways to put these principles into practice and to live lives that make a difference and draw people closer to God. 

Conclusion: 
It was a good book, helpful, easy-to-read, and encouraging. 

Rating: 
I’m giving Life in Community Four Stars (Seven out of Ten).
*I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review*