I came to medieval spirituality through my graduate studies. Desperately searching for a dissertation topic, I happened upon an obscure fifteenth-century manuscript with a beautiful map of the world. The rest, as they say, is history. I wrote my dissertation about the manuscript and its map. But as I delved into the history of medieval world maps, I discovered that they spoke to me as a Christian even more than as a scholar. A certain group of medieval maps place the city of Jerusalem, where Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected, at the center of the earth. These maps show a world I desperately need—a world held together by the grace and love of Christ.
In addition to maps, I love to explore other spiritual expressions of the Middle Ages—practices, pilgrimage, and works of art. There is wisdom here for our age. There is truth, imagination, and beauty. There are traditions and disciplines that help us in our spiritual journey. Walk the medieval world with me, and let’s learn to walk our world with God.
Education, credentials, and awards
-Ph.D. in medieval art history from the University of Chicago
-Former Fulbright scholar to Belgium
-Award of Excellence, “Best of the Christian Press” (Associated Church Press) for “Stigm(at)a: Facing the Mirror of the Wounds of Christ”
-Editor’s pick for Freshly Pressed for “By the Garden Gate: A Journey with Robert Campin”
I’m a member of, and serve on the Advisory Board for, the Ancient-Future Faith Network, a cross-denominational association of like-minded individuals and churches with a longing to return to classic Christian orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and spirituality.
I’m also a proud member of the Redbud Writers Guild, a movement of Christian women who create in community and who infuence culture and faith.