The Book of Doing: Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy

The Book of Doing: Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy


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When did you last take the time to do the things you loved as a child: crafts, games, getting your hands dirty? Or feel the same delight and wonder that you took from your favorite childhood activities?

Despite the joy we gained from these pursuits, in our adult lives, we've left them behind-they're too frivolous, we're too busy or too old, and there's too much "real" work to do. It's time to change this mind-set. It's time to rediscover the things you love to do, because they energize, center, and connect you with the world in a meaningful and positive way.

The Book of Doing offers a collection of ideas and activities that encourage you to use your life as a canvas and explore your creativity through everything you do-to create and make, to explore and experiment, to play and build, to paint and cook-to do. Go ahead. Roll up your sleeves and get to it. It's time to do the things that make you happiest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399537349
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,239,027
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Allison Arden is the publisher of Advertising Age, a trade magazine that showcases creativity and brand strategy for companies around the world. Her professional and personal paths have ignited her passion for creativity and its power to inspire joy in everything we do. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott; their children, Max and Maya; and their chocolate lab, Rosie. For more information, see

Adam Turnbull is an artist and designer from Sydney Australia based in New York. His work takes interests in social commentary, design, illustration and art. He illustrates a weekly blog Ten Cent Dime documenting life in New York among other things.

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The Book of Doing: Everyday Activities to Unlock Your Creativity and Joy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars to this joyous and inspirational book. Filled with ideas about getting off your duff and re-exploring your creative side, this book is written simply but elegantly (minus all the excessive exposition of many similar type books). I am just as guilty of anyone of walking around saying, "I wish I was doing something creative" but not following through. But Ms. Arden offers tangible ideas which give immediate results. I also loved the whimsical illustrations. All-in-all, a book that can be read in one sitting while wearing a giant smile.
Ash89 More than 1 year ago
I recently saw Allison Arden speak at a conference and received a copy of her book. I have to say that both the speech and the book have had a huge impact on how I approach life both personally and professionally. Far too often we find ourselves seemingly doing everything while never stopping long enough to really do anything at all. The Book of Doing is the cure for that. It enables you to slow down, look at what is important in life and truly find your passion. In many cases, as with Allison not just find it, but rediscover it! Whether it is discovering the art of the Martini, pickling cucumbers or designing your own insignia, this book is full of small yet profound ideas that get your mind and your body thinking about things in a whole new light. By the way, I suggest the first activity you tackle is designing your own insignia. I did and it has unlocked powerful memories for me and has helped validate my leadership style and my life in general. This is the type of book that makes you a better leader, spouse, parent, friend and person. I've given The Book of Doing to several people already and just bought 10 more for future gifts for friends, colleagues and perhaps even a few strangers. When I tell them that a book is in the mail for them, they inevitably ask, "What is the book about"? My response is, "It is not a book you read, it is a book you do." I suggest you get one yourself and start doing! Kudos to Allison for changing her life and so many others.
CandaceInSeattle More than 1 year ago
How often have we heard, "Take time to indulge your creativity!" yet we are too busy to do so. Who has the time to slow down and lose yourself in a "project"? Well, this book shows you how. Just one creative step at a time, you rediscover a craft you loved as a child, or you embrace a brand new one. Allison Arden's hands-on workbook is full of specific, easy, doable steps that unlock your creative juices. I, for example, love to bake. I followed the author's grandmother's recipe for old-fashioned apple cake. Delicious! Another of the book's suggestions: read biographies of famous people. I just finished Mary Todd Lincoln's (something I'd been meaning to read for years) and now I'm reading the biography of the Marquis de Lafayette. There are nearly 200 pages of suggested activities --- from throwing a themed party to learning to play chess; from starting a book club to waking early to watch the sunrise; from adopting a holiday you've never celebrated to learning how to pickle something (recipe for pickled string beans included). And, while indulging in our favorite creative activities feels good and creates bliss, there's another HUGE benefit: those "good feelings" that result from doing what we love permeate the rest of our day. The creative juices make all the other parts of our day - work and play - more inspired, joyful, and productive. I appreciated the author's creativity in describing activities we can do alone, with friends, or with family, and I am happy to enthusiastically recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a charming and inspiring book. Reading it has motivted me to begin experimenting with a craft that has interested me from afar for years. it is billed as a book for adults, but kids would also enjoy many of the activities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since a book brought a smile to my face and lightened my heart. The Book of Doing brought back a lot of memories from my own childhood and has inspired me to to do more and share it with nieces and nephews. The book gave me many new ideas and made me feel happy. That's more than many books have done in a long time. I wholeheartedly recommend The Book of Doing (I purchased several and have passed them around.) Kudos to Ms. Arden for a job well done.