HangDrums: PercussionLife

This is sent to me by good friend and fine young artist, Jay Darrow.

Rarely has an instrument intrigued me as much as my glorious hammered dulcimer. This instrument, pronounced “hung drum”, but spelled HangDrum, moves me.

On a side note, at the Deeper Youth Conference in Saint John last week, during my talk we broke into a Stomp-like exercise. Rhythms cascading into rhythms, that’s what it was, until human voices began to join the frolicking – then it got serious!

What a blast. This sound is lovely – similar to the qualities of “percussion meets melody” that come from the hammered dulcimer. Thanks for putting us onto this, Jay.

Anyone know where I can get about 3 of these for the Institute?


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.