I’m very excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 29th, I’ll be releasing a new eBook! The book is called Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff.
The title may lead you to think that the book is just for creative, artsy, fartsy types, but that’s not true. I believe that God has given every person creative gifts, and that all of us are called to use our creative gifts for the glory of God. This book is intended to inspire and motivate Christians to start using the creative gifts that God has given them for the glory of God and the good of others. It’s a book for artists and homemakers, poets and plumbers, architects and accountants. In other words, this book is for you.
The book is going to be cheap – only $2.99 – and if you plan on purchasing it I would love it if you could purchase it on the release day, so that it goes higher on the Kindle list. I’ll also be selling it in PDF format for those that don’t have a Kindle.
Here are a few nice things that have been said about the book:
This piece on creativity is a gem. Conversational, practical, and biblical. As Christians we have the Creator as our Father, and so we should be the ones with the most creativity. Sadly today Christianity is reduced to corny songs and cheesy t-shirts. However, in this short e-book I was greatly encouraged deep in my soul to step out in faith and be creative knowing my Father already loves me and approves of me in Jesus. Stephen winsomely shows how we aren’t just supposed to be creative, but its actually what we were created for!
– Jefferson Bethke, poet, author of ?Why I Love Jesus, But Hate Religion?
Create, by my friend Stephen Altrogge, will inspire you to do just that. It’s biblical, gospel-driven, practical, insightful, funny, and only 43 pages. Whether you think you’re an artist or not, Stephen will inspire you to do what you do better for God’s glory.
– Bob Kauflin, author of Worship Matters, director of worship for Sovereign Grace Ministries
Out of nothing God created matter, out of the unformed matter he formed the world, and then he stood back and enjoyed it all. It was Augustine who suggested musicians do the same thing by embracing unformed silence and order it into tones and notes and symmetry and beauty. And as Stephen so skillfully shows us in this book, this applies to musicians and composers and equally to bankers and bakers, painters and poets, homemakers and handymen. In the ordering of our small portion of the world we image the Creator. I was made to create. You were made to create. And if you’re not sure what that means for you, or if you’re just not convinced it’s true, read this short book to be persuaded and inspired and (maybe most importantly) disciplined for a life of making stuff.
– Tony Reinke, creator of the book Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books
Stephen Altrogge is a creative guy, and this is a short, easily digestible, Biblical book that will encourage you to be creative and won’t cut into your time to be creative. It’s also full of practical scriptural wisdom on taking criticism and the value of working hard.
– Ted Kluck, award-winning author of several books, including Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories and Dallas and the Spitfire