Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
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"L'Engle illumines our creative journeys, prodding and nudging us to consider the mysteries inherent in our everyday lives so as to infuse creativity with faith,"---Christianity Today. L'Engle was awarded the Newbery Medal for A Wrinkle in Time and the American Book Award for A Swiftly Tilting Planet. 272 pages, softcover. Convergent.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0804189277
ISBN-13: 9780804189279

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In this classic book, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What does it mean to be a Christian artist? and 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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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

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    Age: 25-34
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Both encouraged and disappointed
    December 24, 2016
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 3
    What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art? These are the questions that bestselling author Madeleine L'Engle sets out to answer in Walking on Water. Through stories from her own life, and quotes from philosophers, theologians, and other writers, she addresses the concept of Christian art.

    I read through this book with lots of both encouragement and disappointment. I found that while I strongly agreed with L'Engle in terms of theology, there were many points where I questioned her thoughts on how faith relates to art.

    What you will quickly realize is L'Engle doesn't like the label "Christian art." Her claim is that God can work through even an atheist artist to convey a message. While I believe this is true (God can use whomever He chooses), I don't think it's a good reason to shun the label.

    L'Engle also uses the argument that all good art is Christian art (or at the very least religious) in the sense that we create it. But I disagree with this argument as well, because what constitutes "good" art is subjective at best. If art is Christian based on how it makes a person feel, or what they "get out of it",then what does that say about Christianity in and of itself?

    I would have closed the book at several points early on had L'Engle not shared her own views of Christian theology. She discusses justification by faith, unmerited grace, the fact that we bring nothing to our salvation, and much more. There is no doubt that L'Engle is a Christian, and yet, the way she connects faith to art, at times,seems to be more new-age, or mystical.

    She skates around the issue of defining Christian art with stories and examples, but I believe her truest statement on the subject comes halfway though the book. When asked by a student how she should go about becoming a Christian writer, L'Engle told her:

    "... if she is truly and deeply a Christian, what she writes is going to be Christian, whether she mentions Jesus or not. And if she is not, in the most profound sense, Christian, then what she writes is not going to be Christian, no matter how many times she invokes the name of the Lord."

    This is what I believe she is trying to say through the entire book, but it somehow gets muddled in the details.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book fromBlogging for Booksin return for an honest review.
  2. Shalom
    CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    REFRESHING
    August 22, 2014
    Shalom
    CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.
    Rare to find a book on art and faith...great read...highly recommend to anyone interested in the arts
  3. artbetty
    Acworth, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent book for artists.
    March 7, 2012
    artbetty
    Acworth, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This review was written for Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.
    Most people are familiar with Madeleine L'Engle as an author of the childrens' books, A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind At the Door, but, like me, were unaware of her books for adults. I had recently re-read A Wind at the Door, having read it several times years ago to my own children, and was enthralled again with the way she handled such ponderous ideas of life and faith. While visiting Christianbooks.com, looking for copies of another book, I thankfully now, "happened upon" this little book of essays for artists. It was on sale and I'm an artist, so I thought, "Why not?". Little did I know what was in store for me...treasures beyond measure! This book will be a friend for a lifetime and I will continure to revisit it for guidance, encouragement, insight and refreshment in my artistic life.
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