Introducing: Joel Auge

Many years ago I linked hearts with a passionate artist and poetic thinker in Ontario named Joel Auge. He was a part of a network of faithful friends fighting to give voice to the glories of God in a postmodern world.

He married a beautiful woman named Michelle, and continued to write and make music as he worked creating web sites, doing design and serving as many people as possible. Now he’s signed with Integrity Music as one of their new artists, and I couldn’t think of a greater heart I would love to have mingling in the circles of the contemporary worship music industry.

If you don’t love what flows out of this man, from his authenticity to his artistic integrity, I’m REALLY sorry. He’ll have to capture certain artistic ideas, I’m sure, outside of his current label connection (just because that’s the way an industry works), but I have great confidence in who he is as an artist and where he will choose to go.

Enjoy a few of his tunes here: Joel Auge, On The Blue, at MySpace


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.