Welcome to the Journey on Canvas Bookstore!
Find spiritual and inspirational books at Journey on Canvas. Learn how to use a spiritual journal or artistic expression to help you to share your story. Find encouragement in the spiritual autobiographies of others. Enjoy spiritual books and books of encouragement for children and adults. Discover creative ways to share your story. Find new hope as you share.
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Books about Mindfulness and Creative Expression:
A Book of Creative Meditation Exercises, Artwork, and Art Activities
Release Date: March 2019
Alisa shares the power of mindfulness painting in her latest book titled Mindfulness Paintings: A Book of Creative Meditation Exercises, Artwork and Art Activities. This book explores mindfulness painting and its power to bring us peace, enter us into the present moment, and make us more fully aware. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, this book will help you enter the “Mindful Zone” through a variety of painting and meditative experiences.
Paint, Think, Notice and Be Mindful...
Mindfulness Paintings is a book full of creative meditation exercises, artwork, and art activities that will help you embrace the present moment. You will find suggestions for noticing and accepting your thoughts and feelings through creative techniques. Mindfulness Paintings will help you become more aware of how your body and mind are connected as you try some calming art experiences. An artist’s voice will lead you to notice and observe your own thoughts without judgement or distraction. You will develop more compassion for yourself and others as you quiet your mind and make something new. With each line, stroke, color, and shape you make, you just might pay attention to things you have not noticed before.
Books about Art, Liminality, and Creative Process:
Art and Liminal Space:
Liminality and Creative Process in Life's Places and Spaces
Release Date: March 2020
Art and Liminal Space is the compilation of an artist’s work with reflections that explore liminality’s influence upon it. Liminal spaces are seen through the lens of a mindful art maker. The spaces are then painted and described with an artistic eye. A deeper understanding of the time we spend between “What Has Already Happened” and “What’s Coming Next” is found through the artist’s process. From within the creative flow, in-between moments are captured with a paintbrush and the artist’s voice. A better understanding of our “In-Betweens,” and ways art can give us hope in those places no matter how hard our present places may seem, waits inside Art and Liminal Space.
Transient, Ephemeral, and Undefinable Things...
A freshly painted canvas is my map for understanding where I am in time and space. This map gives unique perspective. It’s a map that creative expression gives to any art maker—objectivity that most can’t find a voice for. Art makers are left with some kind of work that lets them reflect on where they are at any given time and in any given space. Their work shows them where they have been, where they are, and where they are going. Art itself can capture our place in a liminal space.
With great unease, I now take on a daunting task. I will try and catch it (liminality) with my words and painter’s hands—to express this intangible, abstract and fleeting thing. I choose this rocky path that I pray will lead you and me to transformation. May we hover in the “Not Knowing” of the “In-Between” and then stand at the threshold of “What’s Next”—peering in to see a new place taking shape and glimpsing the fruits of crossing over that threshold and into something new.
To better understand the great lessons we learned while we waited in the powerful “In-Between” would be a most amazing thing. Precious would it be to see this strange liminal space that most often keeps us in one place, yet takes us on journeys to where we never thought we’d go. By the grace of God, these meek pages will help us better understand these transient, ephemeral, and undefinable things.
Spiritual Autobiography and Spiritual Memoir Books:
Dancing in the Doghouse:
Sharing God's Presence in Everyday Places
Release Date: October 2009
One woman’s story of hope and encouragement despite struggle, suffering and ordinary life challenges:
Alisa’s life hasn't been easy. Like most, her past is filled with ordinary (yet considerable) challenges -common things not easily overcome. Looking back, she sees struggle and suffering, but she also finds much hope mingled with it. Alisa can see the hope because she has kept an account of it: on papers with a pencil, upon canvases with a paintbrush, using torn papers, pastels, glitter and ink. Reflecting on this account, Alisa discovers that someone has been with her through it all: an ever-present, personal and loving God. Dancing in the Doghouse is Alisa’s inspirational story of hope. She shares it for the chance that others will see its hope, know it and share it too.
-an ordinary story, an ordinary life, extraordinary hope
Spiritual Books for Children Here:
Purchase Guardian Angels: a Book About Angels for Children Here!
Release Date: November 2012
Angels bring comfort to children. "Guardian Angels: a Book about Angels for Children" will help kids overcome everyday, and not so everyday, fears and challenges. This delightful picture book will bring children comfort in loneliness, in the dark, while getting teased, when facing pressures at school, during the big game and in many other situations children need a little protection. You have found the perfect gift for a child who has trouble falling asleep at night or getting on the school bus in the morning. Help kids face their many fears with Guardian Angels.
Purchase Guardian Angels:
A Coloring Book About Angels for Children Here!
Release Date: June 2017
This guardian angels coloring book helps children (and adults) see that angels are everywhere. Kids will color angels that are women, men, rabbits, horses, cats, dogs and children as they explore the pages of this encouraging book. Twenty eight whimsical, hand drawn illustrations will give any coloring artist (big or small) the comfort that comes with knowing they are not alone. “Guardian Angels: A Coloring Book about Angels for Children” will help anyone relax as they play with color and bring these delightful illustrations to life. Peace will be with you.
Purchase Jesus for Kids Here!
Release Date: February 2017
Confused and Curious have a lot of questions about what they learned at church today. The teacher told them that Jesus died on a cross to take their sins away, and Confused just doesn’t understand what this means. That’s why he goes to Mom for help. Curious listens in while Mom gives Confused the answers to some really hard questions about Jesus. Mom saves the day by keeping it all simple. The story ends with a prayer that helps Confused and Curious find new names.......FAITH and TRUST!
This book is perfect for kids that are preparing for communion and baptism. It’s also a friend of children who just want more answers about who Jesus really is. Salvation, forgiveness and other spiritual mysteries are explained with the simplicity of a child.