Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

When Kirstin is not lecturing internationally about MacDonald, the Inklings, Faith & Art, or environmental care, she is based on an old farm in Canada’s Ottawa Valley where she stewards the property, mentors teens and young adults, and occasionally partners with the environmental network A Rocha. Director of Linlathen, a conference and lecture project that explores the interrelation of theology, ecology, and the arts, she is also on various Inklings boards and is co-chairperson of the George MacDonald Society. She loves exploring how stories can transform us – and loves enticing people outside so that they can participate in God’s creation doing the same.


The North Wind & the Wise Imagination

By Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

[Editor’s note: To begin Opening Week at North Wind Manor, we are delighted to share this piece from Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson on the origin and significance of the name “North Wind Manor,” the Rabbit Room’s hopes for the use and enjoyment of this space, and the legacy of George MacDonald’s extravagant hospitality.]

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Keeper of the Word: A Review of The Door on Half-Bald Hill

By Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

I make the sign for birch in the gray soil of thought.

A tree springs up, its trunk white and straight, its leaves small and rounded.

“The birch is the tree of beginnings, of purification, of fire. Let the birch stand in honor of the Bard, who summons the inner flame. The Bard will be poet, musician, and prophet. He will learn the history of our people, all our laws and our lore. The Bard will be Keeper of the Word.”

—Helena Sorensen, The Door on Half-Bald Hill
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Advent Meditation: That Holy Thing

By Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

[Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, we’re sharing one meditation at the beginning of each week, each taken from a delightful little collection called The Grand Miracle: Daily Reflections for the Season of Advent, published by the Christian History Institute. If you find yourself enjoying what you’re reading, be sure to check it out—there will be a link at the bottom of each post where you can learn more. This last meditation is from Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, about…]

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