The sudden yearning that stings us to attention
in moments of beauty, peace, or sorrow —
Could it be meant to do more than point us to eternity?
Can it enable us to live more fully on the way there?
Through personal and evocative stories, This Homeward Ache invites you to remember the times you’ve been deeply moved by a glimpse of something beyond the visible present — moments of Sehnsucht, saudade, hiraeth, galmang. Amy Baik Lee traces her own brushes with this longing, unfolding her discovery that it is designed to enrich and alter every area of our lives: our valleys of pain, our relationships with other people, and ultimately our reception of the love of God.
If you’ve ever wondered how to keep going while holding on to the hope of the world to come, This Homeward Ache offers you courage, companionship, and a stirring sense of the scope of this journey home to Christ.
(B&H Publishing; published September 26, 2023.)
Every Moment Holy, Volume III: The Work of the People brings over 100 new liturgies for daily life, drawing on a range of writers, artists, poets, songwriters, pastors, and illustrators (with Douglas Kaine McKelvey both writing and editing). With prayers by Malcolm Guite, Ellie Holcomb, Philip Yancey, Ruth Chou Simons, Sho Baraka, Andrew Peterson, and more, this collection represents a community of believers engaged in the work of reminding all of us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose and eternal hopes even in the midst of the everyday moments that make up our lives.
(Description from Rabbit Room Press; published November 2023.)
“Healing Gardens and Twilit Valleys” (p. 273-278) in
Wild Things and Castles in the Sky: A Guide to Choosing the Best Books for Children* gives the reader over 40 essays that examine specific types of children’s books and offer suggestions in each category. Among the topics covered are: imagination, faith, classic literature, middle school books, race, fantasy, contemporary children’s books, Shakespeare, art history, Newberry books, young adult novels, poetry, and more. Curated and edited by Leslie and Carey Bustard with Théa Rosenburg (a mother-daughter team and a children’s books blogger), Wild Things and Castles in the Sky will encourage and envision parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends—to know the power of a good story and to share it with a child they love.
(Description from Square Halo Press; published April 2022.)
“The Sound of Eucatastrophe” (Chapter 9) in
Only the Lover Sings: Meditations on the Woman at the Well in Story and Song
The face-to-face encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well sets the stage for both Matthew Clark’s musical album and this series of thoughtful essays from Andrew Roycroft, Lanier Ivester, Théa Rosenburg, Adam Whipple, Heidi White, Jessie Todd, Adam R. Nettesheim, Amy Baik Lee, Junius Johnson, and Rex Bradshaw. Only the Lover Sings, the first book/album duo of The Well Trilogy, explores the ways God invites every one of us to bravely turn towards Jesus and be surprised by the gladdening light welling up in his face–a meeting that overflows as a life of grateful song.
(Description from Amazon; published May 2022.)