Win The Healing Power of Creativity With Karen Benke's Book Rip The Page

I’m always looking for different sources of inspiration, especially when it comes to writing and other ways to express my creativity. I haven’t always considered myself an artist, and I know most of my clients think they’re “not very creative, but used to be.”

As far as I can tell, every human being has creativity hardwired into their minds and bodies. It’s creativity that gets you through challenging days, helps you cook meals from scratch, develops your sense of humor, and inspires you to plant a new garden every year. Did you paint your own bathroom? That’s creativity. Have you ever made up a limerick or funny poem for your kid? That’s artistry.

Creativity not only allows the individual to express themselves, it can create energy within the person. Energy to take on a new exercise program, vitality and courage to cook more at home. In these ways, expressing your creativity can actually be life saving.

Karen Benke’s newest book Rip The Page invites the reader to explore their creativity through fun, freeing writing activities that can be done alone or with other people. Each section is full of ideas, and encourages the user to uncover their own story. I found myself expressing myself in new ways and getting a little sassy with my writing because the book got me out of my old habits.

Karen was a client of mine years ago, and I found her creativity to be inspiring and heart warming – so thank you Karen! This book is a real gift for me, and I can’t wait to use it with my son.

Karen and her publisher Shambhala have graciously agreed to give away a signed copy of Rip The Page to one lucky reader!

Leave a comment here on my blog by 3/10, and you could be the big winner!


  1. Angelique says:

    This book looks great!

  2. Bett says:

    I’d love to win this. The idea of someone else coming up with exercises to spark my writing is very attractive! I haven’t really done much creative writing since The Artist’s Way, and I miss it. In fact, maybe I’ll break that old thing out again (just in case I don’t win this one . . . )

  3. Lisa says:

    This book sounds perfect for me!

  4. Jessica Smith says:

    I’m a writer, and I hope to teacher creative writing one day. I’m sure this book will inspire me and help me learn how to teach. Creative writing is the best kind of therapy.

  5. Monica Ziebell says:

    I’d love to win this book to give to my sister. She got a degree in journalism and communication but doesn’t use it in her job. I think this would help her to remember why she choose writing as a career path and encourage her to start writing again.

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Alexandra,

    Being one of those woman who was so creative and lost her way – and needed to get the creative spirt back my sister inlisted my help 2 years ago by giving her grandson “art camp” at my house – I purchased all the paints, brushes, canvases and snacks and we had a blast! That sparked my inner spirit and haven’t stopped though it is a struggle for me to keep it up – I am very intrigued by this book and even if I don’t win it – I will pick it up – inspiration can come in so many different ways! Thank you for this opportunity.

  7. Dorothy says:

    I would love to win that book.
    We are all creative souls but most of us need reminders and support to keep exploring, discovering our creative energies.
    Thank you for this topic.

  8. Susan says:

    Hi Alexandra,

    Being one of those woman who was so creative and lost her way – and needed to get the creative spirit back my sister enlisted my help 2 years ago by giving her grandson “art camp” at my house – I purchased all the paints, brushes, canvases and snacks and we had a blast! That sparked my inner spirit and haven’t stopped though it is a struggle for me to keep it up – I am very intrigued by this book and even if I don’t win it – I will pick it up – inspiration can come in so many different ways! Thank you for this opportunity.

  9. Cindy says:

    People are always telling me I’m a creative person…..sometimes I don’t see it in myself. Sounds like a great book.

  10. Joyce Humes says:

    People call me the Martha of our area! My creativity never runs short but I will admit, I have never thought about writing anything. This sounds like a great book!

  11. Mike says:

    I’m ready to be inspired about my creative writing!

  12. Karen says:

    I love books like this. I have an English degree, and was a freelance writer for years, but have since abandoned the craft (it’s a shoddy excuse, but I blame my daily grind as a secretary, which doesn’t involve much creativity). I’m always interested in new ways to spark that writing impulse again.

  13. this is cool im always looking to become a better writer

  14. Sharon Tanner says:

    I would LOVE to win this, I always need help bringing out my creative writing!

  15. LeAna Osterman says:

    Thank you … Thank you! Your presentation at the “Heart to Heart” luncheon last week demonstrated so much creativity and knowledge. Our breakfast the next morning was enhanced with your suggestions.

  16. Norma Zelenko says:

    We are all creative. We just have to allow the spark to reach us and look out!
    This book sounds like a great spark. I am ready to allow myself to be

  17. Varina says:

    ooOOOoooooo!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one! :D

  18. Tammy says:

    This looks great! Like a fun activity book for grown-ups! As teacher, I’m always looking for new ways to help my students express themselves, and this would be really helpful…

  19. donna S. says:

    It sounds like a wonderful book. Please include my name in the drawing.

  20. Jessica says:

    Like many women my busy schedule was always the reason I had for not writing, drawing or painting as I used to. The last three months of some mysterious health problems has me changing my thinking. I think we need our creative outlets to thrive and a book like this appears to be exactly what would be needed to make creative time a priority. I’d love to win this but if I don’t I’ll be checking my local bookstore! (Hope that doesn’t hurt my chances:)

  21. I loved this posting about gardening. I too have wonderful childhood memories of gardening with both my mother and father. I am doing alot of container gardening and just was assigned a garden plot yesterday in our community gardens. My daughter and I are so excited and have trays of seeds germinating in our kitchen which soon will be ready to plant. We tried Vegan for two months, but it was too much of a change for us. We are now trying plant based diet with fish and minimal meats…also incorporating more raw foods into the diet. I enjoy your website so much.

  22. I would love a copy of this book!

  23. Joanie says:

    I have been trying to put pen to paper for awhile now and this book looks like it would really help. I used to be a pretty creative person and then Motherhood sidetracked that a little. Now the kids are bigger and it’s time to get back to me! Oh- and I’ll share it with them to of course.

  24. Dawn says:

    I’m a painter/singer/songwriter from Toronto, and I’m always looking for great books on creativity. I loved The Artist’s Way, and have a feeling I’ll dig this one, too.
    Take care,
    Dawn :)

  25. Brooke says:

    This sounds like a fantastic book!

  26. Tracy says:

    What a perfect birthday present! And something I do with my husband…a new meaning to date night!

  27. Gerry says:

    This book sounds so interesting!! I hope I win it because I love to read all kinds of books.

  28. Holly says:

    I am all for anything that encourages the creative spark within us! I would love to read this book because I feel that too much of my innate creativity has been lying dormant for too long. It’s time to get those creative juices flowing again!

  29. lis says:

    I feel like I am a creative powerhouse (my interests range from jewelry to theater and beyond) but I don’t focus and channel it enough….this book is a great way to get my creative flow going and actually direct it. I want! :)

  30. Christi says:

    Hi Alexandra, this book sounds really cool, I’d love to read it!

  31. Caro says:

    I want to major in Creative Writing and I always try to write every day, but I always have other things I HAVE to do, like cooking, cleaning, studying, etc. When I do sit down and write I try to make it worth while. I would love to read that book!

  32. Kari says:

    My sister, Sasha(!), and I always wrote poetry while growing up! We used to compare and contrast with each other to awaken more creativity in each other. Now that we live far away from each other we have taken to emailing our poetry and stories, and this book would be a wonderful way to liven up our 20 year long writing contest!

  33. Sofie says:

    Unfortunately i suffer from an eating disorders . Im 18 years and my dieting eating disorded behaivour started at 12. I did go a whole year without binging anf purging and i didnt even want to.. I had befind slightly overweight, severly depressed and unable to keep any diet.. Lean Meat , low grain diet made mé ill and gave mé insane cravings.. I read eating animals , Ear to live and gradually i became a vegan .. The weight went of the brain Fog disappered .. I have relakser very bad since Fall and a tough break up.. Im not even a béchir any more.. Weight and depression is right back. Sugar rules my life!! Writing and being creative is not just a hobby for me.. It’s air and i have stopped breathing. I really want somthing to help me get back in touch with my creative side!! Not the ED side ! I will recover and i need some nutritionAl advice..

  34. Lynda says:

    Cooking and baking have been my creative outlets lately. I used to be a fearless writer; now I just analyze every word on the page when I write. Would love to win this to shake things up a bit!

  35. Morgan Alexander says:

    I have believed for many years that writing was the only true creative way for me to fully exercise. Lately I have been trying my hardest to really make a go of it. I get awesome ideas, become really passionate about them, write 10-15 pages of the book then lose interest. I just can’t stay encouraged and motivated about my projects. I really think that this book would be a great read and help me out in my journey. Thanks so much for considering my comment as an entry for a chance to win a signed copy of this book!

  36. Leigh Anne says:

    Always looking for something to further my creativity – please enter me in the drawing, and thanks!

  37. Tina says:

    I used to love to write…somewhere between having a family and working I lost that spark, this book just may be the match to get it going again.

  38. Tina says:

    Sounds very helpful!

  39. Lisa says:

    Hi Alex,
    Love your work, and met Karen before, she is a jewel and her book is wonderful!!! Food is so important, loved the movie SuperSize Me,it is an important work, and I changed my diet to Raw Vegan. Yea me!

  40. Sarah says:

    Hi Alexandra! We used this book in my Elementary Education class! I would love to win this book for use in my classroom next year!


  41. Hallie Ann says:

    I have never considered myself creative when compared with other people (I’ve been staring at my scrapbooking supplies for over a year now!), but I also love getting outside my comfort zone. I’d love to try this book! Thanks!

  42. Julie says:

    This book sounds fantastic!

  43. Colleen says:

    What an awesome concept, I would certainly love to win the book. We all need to feel like a kid again :)

  44. Patti Martin says:

    I wanna rip that page! Thanks for the contest, Alex

  45. Patti Martin says:

    I wanna rip that page! Thanks for the contest, Alex!

  46. Kristin DeGroat says:

    This book sounds like the perfect solution to my writer’s block – fingers crossed and thank you!

  47. I would LOVE to win this book.

  48. Christine Mulford says:

    I have been looking for a book like this to get me out of my writing rut!

  49. Alex says:

    I also love to look for new ways to foster my creativity. This sounds like a great book

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