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Crafting Calm
Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation
Maggie Oman Shannon, Foreword by Paul Rademacher
ISBN: 9781936740406
Book (Paperback)
Viva Editions
7 1/4 x 7 1/4
288 pages
April 16, 2013


"Oman Shannon (Prayers for Healing), a San Francisco–based interfaith minister, finds spiritual calm through creating, and this collection of stories, journal prompts, inspirational quotes, and craft projects is designed to help others find their own inner peace. The author’s focus is on the Christian faith, but she includes anecdotes from crafters from other faith traditions, including Judaism and paganism. The projects are fairly simple, and all focus on bringing spirituality, prayer, or meditation into the mix. The intersection of crafts and spirituality is a popular topic, and Oman Shannon’s exploration will inspire crafters of a variety of faiths." —Library Journal

"With her latest book, Oman Shannon offers readers guidance for creating their own collage treasure map, along with more than three dozen other projects meant to provide serenity and satisfaction." —San Francisco Chronicle

"This thoughtful book would interest anyone who enjoys working with their hands and is interested in mindfulness." —San Francisco Book Review

In this wired, wild world, it is harder than ever to shut out noise and busyness in order to truly calm yourself, but in Crafting Calm, a D.I.Y. guide to peace of mind, you'll find inspiring ideas for how to do exactly that through a wide range of creative exercises. In this book, author Maggie Oman Shannon explores crafts and creativity as a practice with enormous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. By immersing ourselves in a craft with intention and mindfulness, we can quiet those voices around us and in us—we can enter sacred stillness. Through revealing interviews, personal stories, and forty suggested activities, the author shows how creative processes can become spiritual practices. Whether you're an aspiring artist, longtime craftsperson, or someone who has never set foot in a craft-store (yet!), you'll find something in Crafting Calm to inspire you.

Crafts and how-to ideas include contemplation candles, visual journals, prayer shawls, collage mandalas, intention beads, finger labyrinths, personal prayer flags, spiritual toolkits, and tabletop altars.

Features inspired craft ideas from luminaries such as Angeles Arrien, Mary Ann Radmcher, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Sister Marianne Heib, May Ann Brussat, and many more.

Maggie Oman Shannon, MA, is the senior minister of the Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco where she has served as its spiritual leader since 2010. She is also a workshop/retreat facilitator, the host of Creative Spirit on radio, and the author of seven previous books including Prayers for Healing, The Way We Pray, A String and a Prayer, One God, Shared Hope, Prayers for Hope and Comfort, Crafting Calm, and Crafting Gratitude.
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Paul Rademacher is a former Presbyterian minister, a graduate of Princeton Divinity School, and current executive director of the Monroe Institute in Virginia.
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