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.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help 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. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. 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.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and 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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