A Beautiful Voice

Beauty in the soul, bubbling in someone’s passion, hidden from site until a window is opened.

This would also breed an interesting discussion on genre and context. Just because his voice is beautiful in one genre, doesn’t mean that it is beautiful or right in another genre or context. Beauty itself, Lewis contended, is relative. To a male frog, someone once said, a fat green blob with big eyes is beautiful.

And yet, as far as the human species goes, it seems that some aspects of beauty are shared, and when we see someone who has honed an area of gifting (a humanizing gift), no matter their culture, something strikes us deep within. It may not draw us to their art form, but it inevitably calls us toward greatness in our own.

This comes to me from great friend and fellow blogger, Shelley Maw.

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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