One of my favorite books of all time is The Hidden Art of Homemaking: Creative Ideas for Enriching Everyday Life by Edith Schaeffer. Edith says:
I would define ‘Hidden Art’ as the art which is found in the ‘minor’ areas of life. By ‘minor’ I mean what is involved in the ‘everyday’ of anyone’s life, rather than his career or profession. Each person, I believe, has some talent which is unfulfilled in some ‘hidden area’ of his being, and which could be expressed and developed.
1 The First Artist
2 What Is Hidden Art?
4 Painting, Sketching, Sculpturing
5 Interior Decoration
6 Gardens and Gardening
7 Flower Arrangements
9 Writing — Prose and Poetry
11 Creative Recreation
This is not a quick read. I found each chapter to be so full of meat that it took some time to finish the book. But it has intrigued me so that I have read it again and again.
Since first picking this book up seven years ago, God has been developing me creatively. He is making me aware of ways to make life more alive and fulfilling in the everyday. He has used His expression of creativity in Edith to affect and change my life.