Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle was such a thought-provoking and encouraging read for me. Not only is it beautifully written, it’s also very philosophical. This book made me think about things I have never contemplated before. The intersectionality between faith and art is the main theme of Walking on Water, and that concept contains so much more than I expected it to. Thoughts on vulnerability, love, creativity, prayer, writing, holiness, truth, worthiness, faithfulness, and much more fill the pages of this book. It raises as many questions as it answers and leaves the reader in a state of wonder, which I absolutely loved.
Madeleine L’Engle has a very mature and thoughtful writing style that is quite refreshing. Nothing about this book is light hearted, it’s thick with deep thoughts and beautiful insights. Because the subject matter is more philosophical and heavy, it took me quite a while to finish it. I had to chew on much of it before I could move on to the next page or chapter. Often I rush through books like this one so that I can move on to the next book, but this one was so good I just couldn’t. I wanted to give it the time and attention it deserved.
I very highly recommend this book. If you are an artist of any sort, you’ll especially appreciate it.
Some of my favorite Quotables from Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle:
“When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for for listening.” (p3)
“God is always calling on us to do the impossible. It helps me to remember that anything Jesus did during his life here on earth is something we should be able to do, too.” (p9)
“We live by revelation, as Christians, as artists, which means that we must be careful never to get set into rigid molds. The minute we begin to think we know all the answers, we forget the questions,” (p23)
“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” (p42)
“We write, we make music, we draw pictures, because we are listening for meaning, feeling for healing.” (p47)
“I have to try, but do not have to succeed. Following Christ has nothing to do with success as the world sees success. It has to do with love.” (p52)
“we are meant to be real and to see and recognize the real. We are all more than we know, and that wondrous reality, that wholeness, holiness, is there for all of us, not the qualified only.” (p56)
“we can be humble only when we know that we are God’s children, of infinite value, and eternally loved.” (p60)
“despite the fear and unfaithfulness of his followers, Jesus’ love never faltered, for it was not dependent on the merit and virtue and the qualifications of those he loved.” (p60-61)
“In the act of creativity, the artist lets go the self-control which he normally clings to and is open to riding the wind.” (p66)
“All of life is story, story unravelling and revealing meaning.” (p95)
“to be given a name is an act of intimacy as powerful as any act of love.” (p102)
“It seems that more than ever the compulsion today is to identify, to reduce someone to what is on the label. To identify is to control, to limit. To love is to call by name and so open the wide gates of creativity.” (p102-103)
“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” (p113)
“We need the prayers of words, yes; the words are the path to contemplation; but the deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.” (p119)
“In a day when we are taught to look for easy solutions, it is not always easy to hold on to that most difficult one of all, love.” (p144)
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