Madeleine L’Engle: In Memoriam

One of my favorite authors and literary mentors, Madeleine L’Engle, has died.

Author of my favorite children’s books series (with A Wrinkle In Time, A Wind In The Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, etc.), she has touched the minds and hearts of both myself and my children through the years.

Her reflections on faith and creativity, Walking On Water, may be the book that single-handedly moved me toward what I do today as an artist and creative leader. We use this book in our Institute Masters program.

Here is her official site, MadeleineL’

Here is the news item:

News On Madeleine

We will miss you, Madeleine. May the doors of heaven open to you more gloriously than any of the pictures you painted with words.

You’ve been an artful Healer and Tender Of Souls, a Raiser Of Imaginations and Blender Of Worlds. Thank you for giving us your very best.

I close this post with a quote of Madeleine’s that I have shared around with the world. It continues to express many of my own ideas on human origins, the dance of worship, and the journey of the human soul through time.

“I can’t wait until I remember how to walk on water.”
Madeleine L’Engle


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.