Artful Voices Must Be Heard

I’ve decided again, just today, that the raw artist voices in the emerging church world must continue to speak in language that is not necessarily familiar, nor easily accessible.

I will go on record – I am incredibly grateful for the accessibility of much of today’s Christian music – it breathes life into my wife and children powerfully, beautifully and vitally, in the face of many challenges.

I will also go on record saying that the Christian music industry is struggling to find a way to elevate important voices that will not make them big bucks.

Both/And is the way of the future. Retellings of the Human Story that bring wholeness and insight must be shared. I suppose I’m projecting again; speaking to myself as much as anyone else. My musical work, now running in the background and changing over the years, in the face of a season holding no recordings and no one in line to make them, is to write toward this present, and this future.


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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