Walking On Water is a classic book by Madeleine L'Engle, author of timeless treasures like A Wrinkle in Time, A Ring of Endless Light and others. Though I was familiar with her fiction I had never read any of her spiritual classics.
Convergent/ Penguin Random House, LLC has presented a beautiful reprint featuring a modern and (though understated) artistic cover. This updated version also contains a very well written preface by Sara Zarr who places the work in context and emphasizes its value in today's world. Don't skip it!
Christian Artists in all areas are still asking the same questions: How do we balance our faith and art? L'Engle attempts to answer this mountain of a question and, I believe, in her own way she succeeded.
Apart from the Bible, no book has impacted me as deeply as Walking On Water. I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was having a great conversation with the author herself as she not only spoke to me, but understood me. She grasps the rich tangle of an artistic mind and the layers of questions and fears we wrestle with. She also shouts with literary elegance the great responsibility and opportunity we have as artists to create with God and heal our world through the act of obedience and willing participation. She explains in brilliant language things I think our souls already know on some level, but couldn't accept.
My book is all marked up with underlining and notes in the margins. Everything spoke to me on a deep level I can't even fully explain.
This book reached me where I'm at. It gave a sort of marching orders to be excellent, not create bad religion. To create in union with the Creator. To guard the dreamers, the children, the places of fairy tales and unicorns and art. To be who and what I am with no divisions.
I needed this message and I believe others do as well.
I highly recommend this book for artists, those who value art and for anyone that teaches children.
I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
It is my sincere honor to give this book 5 stars and, if I could, I'd give it a galaxy.
Here are just some of the wonderful lines I've highlighted in my copy. . .
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