Under the Fig Tree

Visual Prayers and Poems for Lent

Roger Hutchison

Dec/2015, 112 Pages, PAPER, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9780819232076

• Lenten devotional journal
• Well-known artist and author of The Painting Table
• Resource or gift for confirmation, pilgrimages, grief, prayer

In John 1:48, Nathanael says to Jesus, “How do you know me?” Jesus replies, with a twinkle in his eye, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree.” Lent is a time to slow down and journey with Jesus through his life, death, and resurrection. Under the Fig Tree is a book of forty six drawings, photographs, and paintings inspired by Lenten themes, readings, and stories for each day of Lent and Holy Week. The images, like snapshots, are colorful, inspired, and ripe with emotion. The reader receives an opportunity to reflect, slow down, and walk with Jesus as a friend and disciple, to sit with Jesus under the fig tree and talk, listen, and glimpse the face and heart of authentic love.

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For all ages — children, youth, adults; Lenten resource for individuals and small groups; clergy; Christian educators; teachers; pastoral counselors; grief groups; families.

Roger Hutchison is Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. He is an artist/writer whose first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the world, and he regularly offers workshops nationally for children, youth, and adults on expressing their thoughts and relationship with God through painting with their hands. Roger lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with wife Kristin, and daughter Riley.

“Roger Hutchison has shown us how to choose love in his latest masterpiece, Under the Fig Tree. This book takes us on a spiritual journey with Jesus as we celebrate the true meaning of Easter with greater understanding and awareness of its monumental importance in our everyday lives.”
— Scarlett Lewis, Founder and President of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

“Roger prays prayers with words and paint that linger in the reader’s soul so much so that we are called back, drawn back, invited back again to pause, to participate, and to pray. This invitation is our constant companion in our journey through Lent.”
—Ginny Wilder, Trinity Church, Wilmington, Delaware

“Under the Fig Tree is a chorus of words, pictures, poems, images, hymns, dreams, lullabies, and waking kisses that will become a beloved book for the Lenten journey.”
–– C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas, author of Unabashedly Episcopalian and A Generous Community.

“Lately, I have been drawn to experiences in addition to words, which have been my spiritual milieu for decades. Now Roger Hutchison’s beautiful book has crossed my path: words and images to nourish the spirit. Just what I needed, right now.”
— Barbara Cawthorn Crafton, author of The Courage to Grow Old

“If God’s voice is heard in music, then God’s face is seen in the visual arts. Roger’s vivid imagery opens our imaginations to a new way of walking through darkness and into wondrous light. Finally, here is a Lenten devotional that speaks to the artist inside each of us.”
— Chris Yaw, founder of ChurchNext


  • Lent 2016

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