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Suggested Reading: Walking on Water

The author of more than 50 books for all ages, Madeleine L’Engle shares her views on the artist’s role and the how to nurture the imagination in her Reflections on Faith & Art in Walking on Water. L’Engle explains the connection between faith and art:

We write, we make music, we draw pictures, because we are listening for meaning, feeling for healing. And during the writing of the story or the painting or the composing or singing or playing, we are returned to that open creativity which was ours when we were children. We cannot be mature artists if we have lost the ability to believe which we had as children. An artist at work is in a condition of complete and total faith. (p. 47)

Her comments on contemplative prayer near the end of the book are also interesting for practitioners of centering prayer. Just as in centering we empty ourselves, opening our hearts to be completely present to God, so the artist empties herself in order to be fully present to her art. The practice of creating art becomes prayer as the artist dies to the self to become fully immersed in her creation.

Three copies of this book may be found on the information table at the back of the church. Simply read and return. If you would be interested in a discussion group on this book, using the Reader’s Guide, please contact Debbie Scott.