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.
ROGER HUTCHISON is the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston. An artist who paints with children in a variety of contexts, he is the author of several books including Jesus: God Among Us and The Painting Table. Roger serves on the Forma Board of Directors and is a member of the National Association of Grieving Children. He lives with his family outside of Houston, Texas.
“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