About the Trip
In Called to Create, best-selling author, Jordan Raynor, shares the stories of 40+ Christian entrepreneurs and creatives who have embraced God’s call to create and used their endeavors for the glory of God and the good of others. With the Called to Create pre-order sweepstakes, you have an opportunity to win a week-long trip for two to Europe to visit the homes and workplaces of four of the Christian creators whose stories are shared in the book: C.S. Lewis, Arthur Guinness, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Casper ten Boom. This trip-of-a-lifetime will culminate with a private dinner in London with C.S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, the producer of the most recent Chronicles of Narnia films and the last living link to C.S. Lewis! Click here to pre-order the book and enter to win the trip! To learn more about the itinerary for the trip, use the slider below.
Dinner with C.S. Lewis's stepson
The trip will culminate in a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience: a private dinner at the world-class Goring Hotel in London with Called to Create author, Jordan Raynor, and C.S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, the producer of the most recent Chronicles of Narnia films. Gresham is the son of the late Joy Davidman, whom C.S. Lewis married in 1956. Gresham spent years living with his mother and stepfather at The Kilns in Oxford. For decades, Gresham has taken seriously the responsibility of spreading the legacy of his late stepfather. During this private dinner, you and your friend will have the undivided attention of the last person on earth who personally knew C.S. Lewis.
C.S. Lewis’s home and J.R.R. Tolkien’s favorite pub
Perhaps no Christian creators have had a greater impact on culture over the last century than C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. You and a friend will spend a day in Oxford, soaking in the home to these two literary geniuses. Your trip will include a stop at the famous Eagle and Child pub where you will sit in the same seats Lewis, Tolkien, and other members of “the Inkings” met for decades, providing feedback on The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and other masterpieces. Next, you’ll take a short ride to Lewis’s famed home, The Kilns, where he lived for more than 40 years. You’ll sit at the desk in Lewis’s home office where he penned some of the most influential writings in history, and you’ll even get a chance to explore the beautiful grounds, taking a walk down to the pond that inspired “The Wood between the Worlds” in the Narnia series.
Arthur Guinness's brewery
Is it possible for a Christian entrepreneur to use alcohol to create a product that genuinely loves other people? As you’ll see in Called to Create, the story of Arthur Guinness shows us that it is. The founder of the famous Guinness Brewery, Arthur Guinness was a devout follower of Jesus Christ. During your two days in Dublin, you and a friend will visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Guinness was inspired by John Wesley to embrace business as a means of glorifying God and serving others. You’ll also tour the centuries-old Guinness Brewery and learn how, motivated by the Gospel, Guinness loved his employees radically well.
Casper ten Boom's watch shop
If you’ve ever read Corrie ten Boom’s classic book, The Hiding Place, you’ll recognize the name of Corrie’s father, Casper ten Boom, an entrepreneur and watchmaker who leveraged his business in powerful ways to protect God’s people during the Holocaust. During your two-night stay in Amsterdam, you and your friend will take a quick train ride to Haarlem to tour ten Boom’s watch shop as well as the ten Boom’s home which served as a hiding place to protect Jews and others at risk of extermination by the Nazis. Coupled with your copy of Called to Create, you will see how ten Boom’s unassuming watch shop was used in eternally meaningful ways.
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About the Book
We are created in the image of an infinitely creative God—the First Entrepreneur—the One who brought our world out of nothing, established order out of chaos, and created for the good of others. Why does this matter? Because this truth validates the deep desire in our souls to create. We are made in the image of the Creator God; thus, when we follow His call to create new businesses, art, books, and other products, we are reflecting His character to the world. If you’ve ever wanted your work to feel like a calling rather than a job, this book is for you. If you’ve ever felt like your creating is anything less than God-honoring service to the world, this book is for you. Whether you’re a business owner, an entrepreneurial employee, a student looking to make something of the world, a mompreneur, a photographer, an artist, a musician, an author, or a chef, this book is for you.
In Called to Create, serial entrepreneur and best-selling author, Jordan Raynor, sets out to answer a series of questions about what it looks like to reimagine our creating as service to God and others, including:
- Is my work as an entrepreneur and creative really as God-honoring as that of a pastor or missionary?
- What are the best questions to ask when discerning God’s calling on my life?
- What does it look like to create not to make a name for myself but to glorify God and serve others?
- How can I use my work to fulfill Jesus’s command to create disciples?
- Will what I create today matter for eternity?
To answer these questions, Raynor brings in compelling stories from an eclectic group of 40+ Christian entrepreneurs including the founders of TOMS Shoes, Charity: Water, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Guinness, and HTC, as well as culture-creators such as C.S. Lewis, Johann Sebastian Bach, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Raynor’s “show” rather than “tell,” story-driven style makes you feel as if you are sitting at the feet of some of the godliest and most successful entrepreneurs of all time.
Whether you are someone who traditionally identifies as an entrepreneur, or someone who just knows they are wired to create, Called to Create is sure to inspire, challenge, and equip you to view your work as nothing less than service to God and the world. Pre-order your copy today!
Praise for the book
Mark BattersonNew York Times best selling author of The Circle Maker / Lead Pastor of National Community Church
Creativity isn’t optional, not if we’re serious about conforming to the image of Christ. Creativity is the natural, supernatural byproduct of a Spirit-filled life. I’m so thankful Jordan wrote this book to challenge the Church to embrace creativity and entrepreneurship as a means of glorifying God and loving others!
Scott HarrisonFounder and CEO / charity: water
Creating a purpose-driven business or a non-profit can be one of the significant ways to live out the gospel and serve others around you. This book will inspire and challenge you to action and change.
Krystal WhittenCreator / The Lettering Prayer Journal
Called to Create is a book that will warm your soul and light a fire in your heart. In this book, Jordan has brought to light an aspect of God’s character that is both beautiful and compelling. His words will inspire you to look at your creative work - whatever it may be - as an act of worship and a reflection of God himself. Called to Create gives validation to the creative work you do and challenges you to continue that creative work as a service to the world around you. You will be motivated to go create something beautiful and live out the calling on your heart. Called to Create is the book that will give you the confidence to say, “My work is valuable.” This is a must-read book for all Christian creatives, whether you’ve started your work or are still dreaming about it.
I wish I could give this book 10 stars on Amazon! It's as if Jordan read my journal, mail, social media feeds, and my mind as he addressed my fears and answered questions I hadn't even thought to ask yet. Called to Create is saturated with Scripture and solid theology that at times made me wonder if I was reading a pastor or entrepreneur. I cannot express how much I loved the book.
Dave BlanchardCEO and Co-Founder / Praxis
Entrepreneurship provides a blank canvas for Christians to put their belief into action, and in Called to Create, Jordan gives us a strong theology and a great imagination for what this might look like in the world. This is a key reading for both the aspiring entrepreneur and the active founder alike.
This book will put words to questions you have had in your spirit, but perhaps didn't know to ask. It will encourage you with real accounts from other visionaries and creators that will put tears in your eyes. It will affirm why you do what you do, but it will also give you permission to rest. A worthwhile read for everyone called to create by the greatest Creator of all.
Ron BlueFounder of Kingdom Advisors / Best-Selling Author
I have had the privilege of starting several businesses, both secular and faith based, but never writing about my experiences. I would hope that had I done so, my book would have been the one that Jordan Raynor has written. He has captured the essence of being entrepreneurial and, better yet, being an entrepreneur following the call of God. At my age and stage of life I look back with fulfillment and gratitude that when God calls, He also equips. May thousands of new entrepreneurs read this book and follows God's call to create for the glory of the Great Creator.
Called to Create is a great book! It's not meant to be a devotional, but don't be surprised if you find yourself having little devotional times while reading it. The passages of Scripture, theological quotes, and straight up Biblical truths that are contained in Called to Create are convicting, encouraging, and inspiring. This book is a pick me up (and an encouraging "go get 'em") to anyone who is working, whether from home or an office, whether for yourself or a corporation.
Mike SharrowPresident and CEO / The C12 Group
Millions of Jesus followers live in suspended animation, missing their true destiny in Christ and vocation. Called to Create is a tomahawk missile on course to set these captives free and invite them into a wild adventure of honoring God in the marketplace, reimagining calling, purpose and vocation while embracing whole life discipleship. It is a bold work that will inevitably change lives…perhaps yours!
Jeff B.Small Business Owner
In his book, Called to Create, Jordan Raynor articulates for us a process that not only models God as the first entrepreneur, but encourages us in specific ways to use our unique gifts and talents to honor Him. Our Father loves us so much He gave us Jesus; a very gifted craftsman Himself. Our response is to co-create with Him by participating in what He is doing on the earth, to love others, and bless them through our entrepreneurial expression. This book gives weight to our calling as creators, and it impels us to get involved in making the world a better places. What and how we create matters, today and into eternity.
Mark Russell, Ph.D.Founder of Elevate Publishing / Author of Our Souls at Work, Work as Worship and The Missional Entrepreneur
Whether you’re a business owner, an entrepreneurial employee, a student looking to make something of the world, the founder of a non-profit, a mompreneur, a photographer, a painter, a musician, an author, or a chef, Called to Create will help you see how your creative work can be an act of worship to God. There is no hierarchy of callings, whereby “ministers” or “missionaries” are doing the work of the Lord. God has called us all and in Called to Create, Jordan debunks this bad theology and offers Christian creators an inspiring, biblically-based invitation to embrace creativity as a means of serving God and others.