The Artisan Soul

The Artisan Soul

Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art

By Erwin Raphael McManus

HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780062270276, 200pp.

Publication Date: February 2014


The most important work of art is the life that we create.

In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus--author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles--pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renais-sance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art. There are no shortcuts to quality, and McManus celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves.

McManus demonstrates that we all carry within us the essence of an artist. We all need to create, to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true, in order to allow our souls to come to life. It's not only the quality of the ingredients we use to build our lives that matters, but the care we bring to the process itself. Just as with baking artisan bread, it's a process that's crafted over time. And God is the master artisan of our lives. With poignant, inspirational stories and insights from art, life, history, and scripture interspersed throughout, McManus walks readers through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder.

About the Author
Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality. An artist, entrepreneur, and thought leader, he is also the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles, California. McManus is the author of Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity. His travels have taken him to over fifty countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, from professional athletes to Wall Street investors, universities, film studios, and conferences around the world. McManus has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's of divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a doctorate of humane letters from Southeastern University.