I can't remember how I came across this book-someone must have recommended it to me and I wish I could thank whoever it was that did. I so enjoyed reading Walking on Water that I ended it up buying it before I got to the last chapter. This is a book I will recommend to anyone who has a creative bent to them (read: everyone) and is sifting through questions like, "What is good art?" and "How is Christian art different?" among other seemingly lofty thoughts. Maybe you're not wondering those things, but you have a drive to be creative and can't find the time or you don't know why you get frustrated when there's no margin for working with your hands? I still recommend this book to you.
I would sit and read 10 pages, and then think about it for an hour.
Madeline L'Engle has such an interesting way of writing. I was constantly stopping Stefan and begging him to listen to just one more paragraph I'd come across. I felt like all the flotsam floating around in my head, L'Engle had done the process for me, and I could keep what I wanted. I didn't need a brain release, I just need to re-read this once a year to keep my mind on track with my personal goals.
There really is no plot, it's a work of non-fiction. This book is exactly what the subtitle says, "Reflections on faith and art". Essays-as-chapters on theology and creativity combined.
For what it's worth, I'd say this is a 'spiritual feed' book, not a self-help, not a 'how to' artist book, but an encouraging journey of practice, patience, and faith. Five out of 5 stars for excellent topic and accessibility. If you find your creative self going through a dark, uninspired spot, this book is sure to give you plenty to think about.