Walking On Water, by Madeleine L’Engle, is an important book for me. It was published first in 1980 by Harold Shaw Publishers. Recently, I also bought the paperback version, published by North Point Press, A division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York. So if you have not read the book and are interested, it’s still in print. Your library may have a copy too.
Rather than write a review, I thought I’d share here and there the concepts I learned from Madeleine. She taught me to “serve the work.”
Here’s a quote from page 23 (both editions):
If the work comes to the artist and says, “Here I am, serve me,” then the job of the artist, great or small, is to serve. The amount of the artist’s talent is not what it is about.
As I grow older, I find it helpful to reread books like Walking On Water. I need to relearn old lessons within the challenges of current times. Or perhaps simply rest with the voice of a beloved author.