Book Giveaway: Life After Art by Matt Appling

Matt Appling has graciously allowed me to give away two copies of his new book to my readers. As someone who always wants to create, but doesn’t feel ‘good enough’; as someone who has been stuck in the mire of depression, and still struggles sometimes; as someone who strives to be childlike, but wrestles with the grownup world – this book was like a great, warm blanket wrapped around me.

There are so many secrets to be learned within the world of creativity, and Matt helps us understand that creativity is not limited to the traditional definition of art. (Which, as you know by this post of mine, For People Who Feel They Fail At Creativity, is a epiphany near to my heart.) I recommend this book particularly to anyone struggling with depression, stagnancy, or hopelessness. I wish I’d read it years ago, and I look forward to reading it at the beginning of every new season of my life. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase Life After Art, you can do so here. It’s on sale!

Safety is not something we often find in art as adults, and Matt helps us find it again. Thank you, Matt.

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  1. Melissa Boles says:

    Love the idea of this book so much! Can’t wait to get a copy, whether through the giveaway or not! [] <3

  2. Douglas H. (@Douglas_AmongUs) says:

    Heard a lot about this book, but that’s probably the best description so far. Sounds like a good read.

  3. Oh goodness, yes. Been meaning to pick up a copy for days now.

  4. Beth says:

    Everyone seems to be raving about this book…of course I’d like to win it!

  5. symphony says:

    i would lovee to get on this :)

  6. Lauren Jean says:

    Love the idea of this book! [ ]

  7. Shika says:

    Sounds like exactly what I need to read at this point.

  8. Rebekah says:

    Oooh, I saw this book somewhere else. The cover alone is great!

  9. Kendall Kikuts says:
    I saw you post about this on your twitter feed over the weekend. Very interested in reading it!!!

  10. Kelsey says:

    Looks like a good read! :D

  11. Kelsey Anne says:

    I’ve heard many good things about this book, can’t wait to read it :)

  12. Kelsey says:

    Looks like a good read! :D

  13. Kristin says:

    This looks like something I need to read!

  14. Ahh, can’t wait to read this!

  15. Emily says:

    Would love to hear his perspectives on this subject – Have had this book on my to-read list for some time now!

  16. Kelsey Anne says:

    Can’t wait to read this, I’ve so many good things about it so far :)

  17. Valerie says:

    So excited about this book. Thanks for what you do Lauren! I’m blessed & inspired by your blog and GWP.

  18. Han says:

    This is exciting! My email is han.l.johnson at

  19. Lauren, your opening about why this book has helped you sounds like words I’ve spoken before. I would love to read this book… even if I don’t get a free one. Thanks for sharing about it!

  20. Katie says:

    Lauren, your opening about why this book has helped you sounds like words I’ve spoken before. I would love to read this book… even if I don’t get a free one. Thanks for sharing about it! My email is

  21. Hannah says:

    This is exactly what I need:)

  22. I write this from behind the counter of the coffee shop I’m quitting in two days…quitting to pursue more of what I feel God has made me to do. Of all I’ve heard about this book, it seems like I’ve gotta pick it up, especially since I’ve struggled all my life with believing I’m “creative.”

    • Matt Appling says:

      Anthony – best wishes to you as you embark on a new chapter. This book is just for the guy like you who doesn’t feel comfortable calling himself creative. I hope it blesses you as you go into the unknown!

  23. oh, wow, I would love to win this. xoxo


  24. Abby says:

    Sounds like an amazing read, definitely something I think about regularly. I’d love to receive a copy!

  25. Jordan says:

    SO EXCITED about this book. Our ability to create is so precious.


  26. Andra says:

    Looks really interesting!


  27. Linda says:
  28. Hannah says:

    LOVE the idea of this, especially as a Creative Writing major (read: creativity that pleases the professor). Would love to win a copy of this!

  29. Stephanie says:

    this sounds amazing!

  30. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! I’m at

  31. Bethany says:

    hello [at]

  32. Sarah says:

    I would love to read these. I’ve always felt I am not a creative person. After reading your post a few weeks ago about creating to battle depression, I realized just how essential and integral creativity is to my soul.

    • Matt Appling says:

      Yes! You’ll find out about two pages in that I’ve written the book just for a person like you who struggles to say they are “creative.” I hope the book is an encouragement to you.

  33. Rachel says:

    Would love to read this book! Been missing my art for a while, and just switched my major at school to pursue an art degree. Never thought it was a “real” enough degree, but I am deciding to follow God’s gifting wherever it leads me. Never been happier with the direction of my life! email is

  34. erin m. says:

    I would love to read this book! Sounds so great.

  35. Brigitta Beam says:

    The artist in me is screaming with glee! Sign me up!

  36. Jillian says:

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  37. Elizabeth says:

    This sounds amazing! As an artist with many artistic friends, this sounds like such a great resource to have!

  38. April Purdy says:

    This book sounds awesome! I’d love to read it! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Kristyn says:

    oh yes yes yes, i’d LOVE to win a copy of this. :)

  40. Sam says:

    This book looks incredibly interesting! Love it!

  41. Megan says:

    I am definitely someone who struggles to be creative and believe that I have the capacity to be creative….and also have a tendency to struggle with depression! I think this would be a great book to read!

  42. Lindsey says:

    Relevant to my life in every way right now. Sounds like a great read!!

  43. Andrea V. says:

    I wish we could all get free copies of this book!

  44. I’ve been a big fan of his for a while! It would be awesome to win a copy!

  45. Mary Russell says:
  46. Allyson says:

    Lovely giveaway! allysonwonderlandphotography[at]gmail[dot]com

  47. Georgie says:
  48. Sarah says:

    Madeleine L’Engle’s “Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art” is one of my all-time faves, so this looks right up my alley. Thanks!

  49. I have been hearing a lot about this book recently. Sounds like a great read.

  50. Myranda says:

    Oh man! So hope I win!!!!

  51. Megan says:

    This would be perfect to read while I’m overseas!

  52. AJ says:

    I’ver heard nothing but great things about this book!

  53. Hannah says:

    Ohh! eee! This is the wonderful! Thanks for doing this Lauren, and Matt too! Exciting :)
    hanleeg at hushmail dot com

  54. Diane says:

    this sounds like an amazing read, especially since i’ve grown up in a culture where creativity is not the norm (and encouraged to be squashed). (: have a lovely day! x

    • Matt Appling says:

      Diane – that is too bad that you come from such a background. I think it’s tough for all of us in the adult world to hang onto creativity and make it a priority. I hope the book inspires you!

  55. hannah says:

    mmmm books. :)[a]

  56. April says:

    It sounds like an excellent book!

  57. Stephanie says:

    I seriously want to read this! It looks amazing.

  58. Sarah says:
  59. Iliana Perea says:

    Omgee I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds amazing! I really want to read it ♡

  60. Jordan Jones says:

    Can’t wait to check it out!

  61. Brittany says:

    This sounds great!

    brittanymorrison08 [at] gmail [dot] com

  62. Matthew Barkley says:

    This book looks amazing! I can’t wait to read it!

  63. Regine says:

    I would love to read this book!

  64. Irene says:

    Oh man, feeling like I need this so badly in my life. Pick meee!

  65. Melissa says:

    Looks like a really great read, something that I would love to read and share!

  66. Char says:

    I’ve honestly never heard of this book…until now.
    But I did love your post of depression and creativity and have read it multiple times and shared it with others who needed to hear what you had to say.

  67. Sarah Traylor says:

    very, very excited for a chance to get this book. sounds wonderful!

  68. Hannah says:

    This sounds like such a wonderful book. As a dancer and artist, I agree its so important to remember the why. (

  69. kristin says:

    love the quote on the back of the book.


  70. Cat says:

    Ohhhhhh I want this book!!

  71. Rebecca says:

    This book sounds wonderful and would love the chance to have this book. Thanks for giving it away!

  72. Oksana says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity! This book is going on my to-read list whether I win or not… sounds marvellous! :)

    My email: oksie [dot] k [dot] 837 [at] gmail [dot] com.

  73. Nichole says:

    I’m definitely buying the book if I don’t end up winning! Sounds like it could be a real eye-opener for me at this stage in my life. Thanks so much for this opportunity and for introducing me to the book in the first place! :)

  74. Chelsea says:

    Being creative with life itself is one of the scariest ways to explore creativity, but it is also the most rewarding. I just dropped everything to move to Asia for an unforeseen amount of time, and I have no idea what I’m doing. But, day by day, the story unfolds as I make a conscious effort to live with intention & try to meet my goals. I’d love to gather some inspiration from this book! ( Thanks for the opportunity!

  75. liz says:

    first time visiting your blog, what a great space! this book addresses a struggle i have daily! hoping to win. …

  76. his brother says:

    When life got to busy to create art. I started to get ill. I need a jump start. It is nice to know inspiration is still out there. Thanks for being there.

  77. Elle says:
    This book looks original and perfect and like just what I need.

  78. Adrienne says:

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. This book looks like an awesome book that is healing and empowering. I have already added it to my wish my list on Amazon. Blessings to you.

  79. Sarah Dickson says:
  80. Oh my does this sound like a book for a recovering perfectionist like me!

  81. looks like a great read!

  82. Samantha says:

    I know exactly the person I would gift this to! Sounds like an agent of healing to me!

  83. Janaye Hutchison says:
  84. liz says:
    Free book?! Yes please

  85. Dagmar Wetherill says:

    The caption on the cover of the book is what caught my eye. “what you forgot about life and faith since you left the art room.” Someone definitely needs to tell me since A) I have the worst memory, and B) I struggle constantly with bringing it out with me when I leave the (music) room.

    I loved your post about creativity Lauren! It was like a breath of fresh air :)
    Keep doing what you’re doing

  86. Lily says:

    Sounds like a lovely book. I have a friend who would love to read it.

  87. Emmy says:

    I think this is EXACTLY what I need right now!

  88. Ahhhh, this sounds like a great book. Would love to read it.. and will probably be getting it even if I don’t win it! Thanks for hosting the giveaway… my email is kelleyjo [at]

  89. Jessica M. says:

    I could use this book in my life right now. Thanks for sharing, Lauren. merrilljessicalynn at

  90. Rachel says:

    This book looks great ! Thanks Lauren :) x

  91. Loralee says:

    Struggling with stagnancy.
    Fingers crossed that I win a copy of this book!

  92. Jerrica says:

    I’m always looking for something new to read!

  93. Becca says:

    This sounds…awesome. Not wanting to grow up right now…

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  97. Hannah says:

    From personal experience, these are two things I’m incredibly passionate about!

  98. Erika says:

    This book sounds incredible… would definitely love to read it!
    erikaspitler [at] gmail [dot ] com

  99. Margot Osborne says:
  100. sara choe says:

    oooh! yes, please.

  101. Katie says:

    Thanks for this opportunity. I’m trying to exercise my creativity more :)

  102. Charmaine says:

    sounds like a great book!

  103. Would LOVE to win this!!

  104. Alicia says:
  105. Sam Johnson says:

    Would love.

  106. Esther Oh says:

    These books seem like the PERFECT read for me right now. I’ve just recently been hit with this huuuuge desire to want to create things and base my living off of creating, yet I’m struggling with believing in myself and my abilities. So awesome that you’re doing a giveaway on these books, Lauren!

  107. claire says:

    This sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  108. When do we find out who won the books??? :)

  109. Matthew Wood says:

    i know the issues of depression as well. they hit hard and take forever to leave. it takes pursuing God and pursuing deep friendships to help with the healing process. would love to get this book. hope its not too late

  110. Emily M says:

    Amazing. Liberating. And inspiring!

    I can’t wait to get my paws on this.


  111. Dani says:

    Yes, please! (liveoutloud92

  112. LMK says:
  113. Kate says:

    Umm, yes, please! (kateambrosepollard[at]gmail[dot]com)

  114. Lydia says:

    Sounds like an amazing book! I LOVE your blog.

  115. Najee Chua says:

    Yes, yes please! Here’s to hoping!
    najee [dot] chua [at] yahoo [dot] com! =)

  116. Jasmine Gui says:
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  118. becca says:

    i need to wAKE uP & c R e A t e again…

  119. Kelsey says:

    Longing to reignite my passion to create, despite the hubbub of grown up, newlywed life!


  120. Sound like a fantastic book! I often struggle with viewing my art as something that is beautiful and not just mediocre. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  121. jessica floe says:

    this looks amazing!

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  123. Bee says:

    I’m reading all the way from England! I’ve loved reading your blog as an aspiring artist and a young christian women- so helpful and so honest. Your words are beautiful. My email is

  124. Becca says:

    Struggling to feel good enough. Would love to take a step forward in movingout of that feeling.

  125. Idontknow says:

    please send this to me

  126. Sarah says:

    I would love to get this book!!! (


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