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  • 12/2020
  • 978-1735496702 SELF-HELP / Creativity PSYCHOLOGY / Creative Ability
  • 240 pages
  • $16.99
Life In Full Colors: Unlock Your Childlike Curiosity to Uncover and Activate the Creative Intelligence You Are

Adult; Self-Help & Relationships; (Market)

Isn't it incredible what upcycle artists can do with discarded and broken materials? Picking up seemingly worthless pieces to transform them into something wonderful.

Did you know you have the innate ability to do this with your life?

Life In Full Colors presents a unique seven-step creative process for reframing your perceived “problems” in order to access the myriad potentials you hold, revealing how you can create your own lines to ply your unique colors into your daily life challenges.

More than a passive read, this book is an invitation to uncover and activate what is already within you: your powerful Creative Intelligence. Corry MacDonald, an expressive artist and transpersonal art therapist will teach you how to ignite your childlike curiosity, blending consciousness and creative alchemy for self-healing and inner and outer transformation.

While we have seen all manner of self-soothing coloring books for those craving inner calm, this is NOT that kind of book. Corry weaves her own life experiences into the discoveries of those who have taken part in her workshops and private sessions, whether in Bangkok's slums or Dubai's boardrooms, Corry's shared stories point to an often ignored door that absolutely everyone has access to. Far more than the eyes can see, this inward journey will take you on a transformational creative journey to unlock the potentials you hold.

Within these pages you will uncover:

• How your personal challenges can be doors to inner Divinity

• A way to integrate your Thinking Mind with your Feeling Mind

• How to shape and be supported by your inner and outer creative space

• A playful way to clear your head while activating your innate Creative Intelligence

• A potent 7-step process for pivoting heavy-hued emotions into light

• How the growth and healing you create for yourself benefits all of creation

• Creative Sparks to integrate the illuminations you receive directly into your life

★★★★★ “It’s like yoga with crayons! A great gift for anyone on the spiritual path which is seeking union and alignment with their whole colorful self. (reviewer)            

If you want to see your awareness reflected back to you in your authentic colors, lines and shapes as you creatively up-cycle all that is playing out before you: high-lights, low-lights and every hue in between, this is THAT book. Be ready to expand and create the ease and joy-filled life you imagined living.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea: In Life In Full Colors, Corry MacDonald encourages readers to find serenity and connection to the universe through creating visual art. Guiding her reader through a series of seven steps, accompanied by corresponding artistic exercises, MacDonald makes both a quieter spirit and personal expression through creating visual art achievable goals.

Prose/Style: MacDonald writes simply but beautifully; she gently encourages but never demands. Her real-life examples of overcoming life's challenges by marshalling inner creative resources are well-chosen, and her artistic exercises are accessible to anyone.

Originality: Many books already exist extolling the therapeutic value of artistic expression, but this is one of the better ones. Life In Full Colors is written with sincerity and genuine caring for the spiritual growth and well-being of its readers.

Character Development/Execution: This is a lovely, gentle book written in a lovely, gentle spirit. Intelligent and well researched, it is a pleasure to read a book into which so much heart, intelligence, and careful, well-thought-out planning of the exercises the author recommends are in evidence.

Date Submitted: January 24, 2021

Reviews
MacDonald, an art therapist and creative healer, debuts with a seven-step method for forging a “Life in Full Colors”–a more balanced, creative, and authentic existence. Her approach to personal growth works from the ground up, with an emphasis on owning one’s pain, reframing hardships, and accepting advice from the Universe itself. MacDonald combines first-hand stories, client experiences, and strangers’ anecdotes to outline the ways that ordinary people get stuck in a rut, as well as to illustrate how her methods can help break out. Both a guidebook and a training manual, Life in Full Colors brims with both abstract spiritual lessons and everyday advice with art-based exercises and pragmatic, step-by-step instructions.

The book’s great strength lies in the “Creative Spark” inclusions after each chapter. Drawing on her background in art therapy, MacDonald presents creative activities (word association, drawing, painting), designed to instill key concepts through artwork. In the “Own It” section, she suggests writing out life’s challenges and labeling them with appropriate shapes, while “Expect It” recommends creating spontaneously guided by the energy of the universe. MacDonald’s day-to-day spiritual advice can occasionally feel familiar, but by giving readers a chance to “practice” what she teaches, she elevates this work above other spiritual self-help offerings. Personal anecdotes throughout effectively share a first-hand look at the deeper meaning behind a fully colored life.

Like any workbook, this guide is what you make of it, and it takes effort to live by MacDonald’s method–carving out time to “play” around with art, building a creative space inside a home, purchasing supplies (paint, markers, crayons). But for those seeking a hybrid method of self-improvement through creativity, with steps to check off after each completed lesson, this is a winning, in-depth manual. Readers will appreciate MacDonald’s clearly outlined methods.

Takeaway: This spiritual guide to creative living and healing offers day-to-day advice and follow-along art exercises.

Great for fans of: Jennifer Guest’s The CBT Art Activity Book, Susan I. Buchalter’s 250 Brief, Creative & Practical Art Therapy Techniques.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: B+

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1735496702 SELF-HELP / Creativity PSYCHOLOGY / Creative Ability
  • 240 pages
  • $16.99

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