From The Gut

I’m thinking. Bubbling in the soul is honesty, ready to burst through the surface enrobed in the soul language that each is uniquely designed to speak in. I was just checking out a site by a friend of mine, Billy Somerville ( Another human being doing his thing, faithfully.

Having to rise through the layers of insecurity and vulnerability. Turning a corner, I think, like we all must do today.

These are days for punching through. Am I just giving people what they want and need, or am I moving toward giving people what I have to give, from the gut?

A Church like that will pound with a lovehammer on sillier states of mind.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, 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.