Gently Awakened

The Influence of Faith on Your Artistic Journey

Christian - Non-Fiction
255 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2014
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Sara Joseph, co-owner of Artists' Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas,
is a painter and sculptor. Her artworks, created in multiple media, are
in numerous corporate and private collections around the world.
Born in India, her early art training exposed her to the artistic traditions and rigor of the East. She immigrated to the United States
with her husband, Jacob, and raised two sons, Johann and Reuben.
A resident of Fort Worth, Texas, she is the web author of Christian Artist
Resource, an online resource for Christian artists internationally, as well as a changing gallery of contemporary Christian art.Sara Joseph, co-owner of Artists' Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas,
is a painter and sculptor. Her artworks, created in multiple media, are
in numerous corporate and private collections around the world.
Born in India, her early art training exposed her to the artistic traditions and rigor of the East. She immigrated to the United States
with her husband, Jacob, and raised two sons, Johann and Reuben.
A resident of Fort Worth, Texas, she is the web author of Christian Artist
Resource, an online resource for Christian artists internationally, as well as a changing gallery of contemporary Christian art.Sara Joseph, co-owner of Artists' Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas,
is a painter and sculptor. Her artworks, created in multiple media, are
in numerous corporate and private collections around the world.
Born in India, her early art training exposed her to the artistic traditions and rigor of the East. She immigrated to the United States
with her husband, Jacob, and raised two sons, Johann and Reuben.
A resident of Fort Worth, Texas, she is the web author of Christian Artist
Resource, an online resource for Christian artists internationally, as well as a changing gallery of contemporary Christian art.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

Is it even possible to be a Christian artist and thrive? In “Gently Awakened,” by Sara Joseph, you’ll come to understand that it is impossible not to. Sara shows how the scriptures not only bring us to salvation, but direct us toward the meaning in our lives. Her illustration, taken from the book of Jeremiah, concerning the “good figs” sets the stage for creating an understanding of our need to bear the fruit that we were created to bear. She shows how Satan often tries to use the same tricks he has always used in order to derail our efforts, because by bearing our fruit we become more like our creator. Sara gives practical applications of the scriptures to help you commit to using your art in order to bear witness of Christ rather than hiding it under a bushel or abandoning it altogether. Through surrendering to your purpose in Christ, she shows how the miracles which seem to be distant and ancient stories can become a reality and the abundance which comes from God’s bounty is ours. Her book is illustrated with her own works of art throughout as a testimony to her commitment to the calling which God has placed upon her.

Sara Joseph touched a deep spot within me through “Gently Awakened.” Although I have already taken steps toward the transformation to a full time writer and novelist, there have been times that I have wondered if I am truly following the path which 40 years of faith has set before me. I have turned away from that path time and time again as I have pursued “making a living.” Sara very gently allowed me to see that the seasons of my art are moving forward, just like the seasons of the fig tree from planting, cultivating, blossoming and bearing fruit come through time as the tree is tended. Honest, inspiring and practical; “Gently Awakened” is essential reading for artists who are seeking God’s guidance for their vocation.