A Human Family

I was watching a piece from U2’s Vertigo Tour DVD the other day, and something came to mind.

The reason U2 remains so popular with the culture of today, and with Christians, is due to the fact that they are not primarily championing a faith family in their music, but rather a human family.

Their quest, as I’ve said before is the quest of the artist, is an underlying yearning to restore the wholeness of Eden once again – to revisit its landscape.

Artists push us to “remember how to walk on water” (Madeline L’ Engel), and artists with faith do so mingling their love for God with their longing for the human family to get along and heal itself (in part) by love.

Without making Jesus in our own image, if we begin to tease apart the stories and sayings of the gospels, we can thunderously sense that Jesus is getting at the same ideas related to Eden – a far cry from the goals that are often rampant in today’s brands of evangelical church life.

We are coming full circle, not to Eden as it was, but to Eden amplified.


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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