Artisan Soul Book Club

Tips For Conversation



Welcome to the journey we are taking together to discover what it means to be both a work of God’s artisan touch and an artist yourself. We believe God is the source of all beauty and artistry.   He is an artist at work in our lives to create the person we long to be and He invites us to join Him to create beauty in this world. The book club is not a thing we are doing but it’s a people we are becoming.


Some things to decide:


  1. How often will you meet?
  2. Where will you gather?
  3. What will the time frame look like?
  4. Will one person lead every gathering or will it be shared?


A few guidelines:


  1. Everybody participates, nobody monopolizes
  2. Be present: on time, prepared, engaged and smart phones totally put away on silent
  3. Disagree sometimes…civility and respect always



Conversation Starters


  1. These questions are not a list to check off but rather discussion prompters to aid in your conversation about the chapter.
  2. Do not feel the need to cover them all each session.
  3. Feel free to create your own questions or conversation starting points.




Soul: The Essence of Art (9/23-29)


  1. Who are some of your favorite artists: music, painter, sculptor, photography, fashion design, dance, etc.
  2. How has art influenced your life?
  3. Do you consider yourself to be creative? What has led you to this conclusion?
  4. Talk about the sentences, phrases, ideas and concepts in the chapter which spoke to you, struck you personally, or made you go “hm-m-m”.
  5. What scriptures did this chapter bring to mind?
  6. Who is the you…you want to become?
  7. What beautiful thing do you aspire to do?


Creative Challenge: Create 3-5 permission slips for yourself as you seek to unleash your artisan soul. Be creative with your design. You can add to your permission slips as needed. Brainstorm ideas with your group. (Permission to go slow; Permission to mess up; Permission to make a mess; etc.)




Voice: The Narrative That Guides (9/30-10/6)


  1. What voices were most influential in informing you of who you were growing up?
  2. What was the narrative of those voices and how did they shape you?
  3. What does it mean to be created in God’s image?
  4. What does it mean to find your own voice?
  5. Talk about the sentences, phrases, ideas and concepts in the chapter which spoke to you, struck you personally, or made you go “hm-m-m”.
  6. Read Genesis 3:1-11 & John 10:1-10. What do these scriptures say about “voice”?
  7. How do you go about silencing voices that should be silenced and be allowing the voice of God to dominate the narrative of our life?


Creative Challenge: Find a photo of yourself when you were untouched by those voices. Who do you see in the picture? What do you appreciate about the “you” in the picture?  




Interpretation: Translation of Life (10/7-13)


  1. Capture the essence of this chapter in a sentence.
  2. Talk about the sentences, phrases, ideas and concepts in the chapter which spoke to you, struck you personally, or made you go “hm-m-m”.
  3. Pessimist or optimist? How does each shape your interpretation of life?
  4. Think of a couple of life’s worst moments for you and of a couple of life’s best. Now (re)interpret the experiences through the filter of Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”


Creative Challenge: Selfie Time! To prepare for your creative selfie, write on your hand, your arm, your chest, or a piece of paper: “I’m imperfect and I’m enough!” Now take the selfie and print it! Hang the selfie in a place that you will be reminded to reinterpret your life story to the artisan life God has created for you.



Image: Manifestation of Imagination (10/14-20)


  1. Talk about the sentences, phrases, ideas and concepts in the chapter which spoke to you, struck you personally, or made you go “hm-m-m”.
  2. Can you think of anything you once imagined…but didn’t act on? How would your life be different today if you had taken action?
  3. What comes to your mind when you imagine the idea of making the world a better place?
  4. What would it look like for what you imagine to become reality if you followed the concept of “start small, dream big”?
  5. How should Ephesians 3:20 shape us: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”


Creative Challenge: Design a word or picture collage representing the life of your imagination. Draw or write words or cut words and pictures from magazines that represent your Manifestation of imagination,



Craft: The Elegance of Workmanship (10/21-27)


  1. Capture the essence of this chapter in a sentence?
  2. What restaurant or store or place do you think of when you think excellence?
  3. Talk about the sentences, phrases, ideas and concepts in the chapter which spoke to you, struck you personally, or made you go “hm-m-m”.
  4. Any scripture come to mind as you read the chapter?
  5. So what are you doing that is not worth doing? What are you doing that is worth doing but you are not doing it well?


Creative Challenge: Create a “stop doing” list and a “start doing more of…” list. Decorate and design your list with your artisan soul.




Canvas: The Context of Art (10/28-11/3)


  1. Talk about the sentences, phrases, ideas and concepts in the chapter which spoke to you, struck you personally or made you go “h-m-m”.
  2. What does it mean to embrace your limitations and allow them to become the conduit of unleashing your most creative self (pg. 156)?
  3. Identify things you would label a limitation in your life.
  4. Discuss “We may not get to choose the canvas, but we can choose the painting”. Who can you think of that mastered this very thing? What would that look like in your life?


Creative Challenge: Draw a self portrait in the middle of a page...stick figures are good. Then around the self-portrait jot the words of shame or events in your life that are limiting you or messing up your canvas. Now you are going to crop your picture. Cut out or crop each of the limitations and remind yourself, “I’m enough.” with each crop. You are going to end up with just you...none of the limitations or shame voices, just you. Those things do not determine who you are, unless you let them.



Masterpiece: A New Humanity (11/4-10)


  1. Talk about the sentences, phrases, ideas and concepts in the chapter which spoke to you, struck you personally or made you go “hm-m-m”.
  2. How does Jesus show us what it means to be fully human (pg. 172)?
  3. Read John 2:1-11. Where has God turned water into wine in your life?
  4. Where in your life do you want to experience the power of Jesus to turn water into wine?
  5. What benefits have you gained through participating in this book club?
  6. Mention some of your biggest take-aways, or learnings from this 7 week journey.
  7. What will you do or do differently as a result of being a part of this journey?
  8. Should you group continue…if so what would that look like?


Creative Challenge:  Create a gratitude page. Think of all the things, people, events in your life that God has given you. Create a gratitude page of words, pictures, drawings to remind yourself of God’s Masterpiece that He has begun in your life. Use this page to encourage yourself. Gratitude cultivates joy and provides an artisan lens on your life.




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