Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

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by Madeleine L'Engle, Nichole Nordeman
     
 

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In this classic book, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What makes art Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art? Through L'Engle's beautiful and insightful essay, readers will find themselves called to what the author views as the prime tasks of an artist: to listen, to remain aware, and to

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In this classic book, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What makes art Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art? Through L'Engle's beautiful and insightful essay, readers will find themselves called to what the author views as the prime tasks of an artist: to listen, to remain aware, and to respond to creation through one's own art.

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“When I discovered Walking on Water years ago, my creative self underwent a sort of liberation. I had always sensed that there was a wonderful connection between spirituality and creativity, but Madeleine’s insights about both of those worlds helped me claim with more confidence my own creative gifts. This is a wise and inspiring book that should be in every artist’s library.”
–Vinita Hampton Wright, author of Grace at Bender Springs and Velma Still Cooks in Leeway

“Once again, L’Engle touches the deepest parts of our psyche and heart with her artist’s wand. She writes with an earthy rhythm that not only reveals the mysteries of our artistic natures, but also qualifies all along the way her inimitable wise-woman philosophies. L’Engle’ s writing is God’s gift to a generation who needs to sit on a stump and lend an ear to what the right brain is saying to the left and to what the soul is saying to the heart. Walking on Water guides the wandering artist back to the Savior and says ‘There, you’ve come home again where you belong!’”
–Patricia Hickman, award-winning author of Katrina’s Wings

“There are those who write about art-making as if they’ re detailing the techniques of a heart surgeon. Then there are those, like Madeleine L’Engle, who simply show you their heart. Like the words of Jesus to the fisherman brothers, the words of Madeleine are ‘follow me’ words. Through the pages of Walking on Water hungry, thirsty folks have been following for two decades–quickly recognizing that the reason Madeleine is worth following is that she follows Jesus.”
–Charlie Peacock-Ashworth, record producer and author of At the Crossroads: An Insider's Look at Contemporary Christian Music

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877889182
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/17/2001
Series:
Wheaton Literary Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
155,356
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Madeleine L'Engle was the author of more than forty-five books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award; and the Austin family series of which Troubling a Star is the fifth book. L'Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

Ms. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City. She wrote her first book, The Small Rain, while touring with Eva Le Gallienne in Uncle Harry. She met Hugh Franklin, to whom she was married until his death in 1986, while they were rehearsing The Cherry Orchard, and they were married on tour during a run of The Joyous Season, starring Ethel Barrymore.

Ms. L'Engle retired from the stage after her marriage, and the Franklins moved to northwest Connecticut and opened a general store. After a decade in Connecticut, the family returned to New York.

After splitting her time between New York City and Connecticut and acting as the librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Madeleine L’Engle died on September 7, 2007 at the age of 88.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 12, 1918
Date of Death:
September 6, 2007
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
Litchfield, CT
Education:
Smith College, 1941

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Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book at a time in my life when I was struggling with both my creativity and my faith. The author offers fresh and unusual perspectives on both issues - combined and seperately. After reading this book, I believe that creativity is an expression of the spirit within us and that the act of creating is an act of faith. Not only did this book change my approach to and my view of any creative work, it also renewed my faith in miracles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book entered my life at a time when I needed to decide if I should be a writer or quit talking about it. I met here a woman who understands what art really is and what it takes to be an artist. Madeleine L'Engle is a Christian, and she has written books children love, but she refuses to classify herself as a Christian writer of children's books, for the same reason that she would not classify Picasso as an atheist painter of adult images. Madeleine L'Engle believes that all the wonderful art we encounter, be it visual, aural or any other form, is inspired by God, and that God can speak to us all through great art, no matter what the artist may have believed about God when creating the work. For me, her statement that 'the story is truth' was particularly important. But after reading the book, I think she would equally say 'the music is truth' or 'the picture is truth' when it has emerged from the soul of the artist. This is not a theological book, but it has certainly enlightened my personal theology, as well as the way I experience art of all kinds. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what art is, and even more, I recommend it to any artist who is struggling through an unproductive dark night of self-doubt.
tammy2lock More than 1 year ago
I wish I could take a highlighter to the entire book.  As an artist I think this is an essential read.  Be challenged to re-awaken the child-like creativity in your soul.
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Linda_V More than 1 year ago
Walking on Water is a great book for those who are creative and who may be struggling with be productive. The author reminds us of our creative talents and how we have been gifted with the ability to write, draw, or paint. It awakens the reason many of us put pen to paper or paint to canvas.