Over the last twenty years spiritual director, teacher, and pilgrim Tracy Balzer has made more than a dozen transatlantic visits to Scotland's Isle of Iona, welcoming the hallowed spaces of the island to sculpt, bend, and sustain her spiritually. ""It might be said that Iona has been my spiritual director,"" says Balzer, for with each visit she is freshly confronted by key questions of faith: Where is God? Who am I? What can I offer the world?
Set against the backdrop of Iona's deep Christian history and exquisite natural beauty, A Journey of Sea and Stone explores these questions, prompting each of us to reach for meaning in our daily lives and to consider the myriad ways God might be inviting us into something new. Tapping our innate desire to seek and find, to encounter God in creation and in the history of faithful people, Balzer guides us in our own journeys to cultivate and find sustenance and connection in sacred spaces.
Deep passages of reflection are complemented by rich illustrations reflecting the island's stunning terrain and Celtic heritage, providing spiritual seekers and armchair travelers a fresh entr'e into the world of the sacred, wherever they may be.
About the Author
Tracy Balzer is a speaker, spiritual director, retreat leader, and an oblate at Subiaco Abbey. She is the author of Thin Places, A Listening Life, and Permission to Ponder, The founder and leader of Sea & Stone Journeys, she organizes spiritual pilgrimages to the British Isles. Tracy also hosts the podcast A Listening Life, where she guides listeners through the prayerful practice of lectio divina. Tracy lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas where she serves as director of Christian formation at John Brown University.
Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance storyteller, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, biblical narrative, and visual aesthetics that speak to our deepest experiences. He is currently touring his multimedia storytelling piece "Say Yes: A Liturgy of Not Giving Up on Yourself" and is the author of Honest Advent: Awakening to the Wonder of God-With-Us Then, Here, and Now. Scott is most loved by his wife, Holly, and their three children in Austin, Texas.