Book Review: The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work by Barnet Bain

25864045Title: The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work by Barnet Bain
Genre:  Self-Help/Creativity
Publisher: Atria Books
Page count: 224 pages
Format: Ebook ARC
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Rating – 5/5!

With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers a life-altering map for stepping beyond what we already know and into a dimension of imagination from which innovation is born.

Known for his inspiring movies and documentaries, as well as his popular creativity workshops, Barnet Bain makes available his teachings for the first time in book form. Discover how will and action come together with imagination and feeling to form the very foundation of creativity by working with this treasury of more than forty transformative exercises. Each one is designed to spark new creative connections by challenging our usual ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving.

These lessons, tools, and techniques serve to unlock great reservoirs of creativity in every individual, whether it’s jumpstarting or completing a project, launching a new business, creating a work of art, experiencing more fulfilling relationships, or making other dreams come true. Bain’s motivational guidance includes: rewiring your brain to unleash ultra-creativity; finding freedom from self-criticism, perfectionism, and other obstructions to productivity and creative expression; harnessing the two forces of creativity: inspiration and action; discovering your emotions as the doorway to creative aliveness and ingenuity; and heeding the call of your Real Work, regardless of age, education, or experience.

Step by step, you will make the discovery of a lifetime: how to stop being ruled by your past and start consciously creating your present and future. You will be surprised and energized—by your next creative impulse, the next idea that excites you, the next experience that moves you—and you will live a creative life.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

The Book of Doing and Being was my first Self-Help read and I am truly grateful for the experience I had while reading this book and I am giving this book a five star rating because of this.

Not having read a Self-Help book before, I didn’t really have any expectations going into my reading of this book. I actually went into this book with a creative project in mind and used this book as a way to get my creative juices flowing on it. I had been forming an idea in my mind of a novel that I wanted to start writing and this book actually helped me tremendously in tapping into my creativity and believing in myself.

My reading experience of this book was a tremendously enlightening and humbling one. It was eye opening and I came face to face with my values, my creativity and my bad habits. This book helped me to realize that oftentimes, I am my own worst enemy and critic. I tend to sell myself short before I even get started by placing limitations upon myself in my writing and potential for greatness. I had never truly realized that until I did the exercise in chapter 7. I know now to be confident in myself and think positively about my work.

I cannot stress how helpful this book was to me. It was uplifting and inspiring and I truly recommend it to anyone who struggles with how to get their creative juices flowing. This book is filled with exercises that stretch the limits of our minds and enable us to tap into amounts of creativity that we know are there but that we just don’t know how to find. I took the advice of the author and started a creativity journal while I read this book and I already see how valuable this journal and the exercises are going to be for me as I journey through writing my first novel. It has been at least a year since I felt this invigorated and inspired. I love that the exercises and wealth of knowledge within this book can be applied to many situations like work, writing and many other things.

This is a wonderful book, highly recommend!

If you would like to see a video of the the author leading a creativity exercise please click this link: Barnet Bain leading a creativity exercise

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