The Broken Leaf invites you to explore the beauty and gospel images found in Japanese art and culture. Through ten short meditations, discover for yourself just how God might be revealing his story in the everyday objects of your life whenever and wherever you may be. Available in hard cover, paperback, and ebook. Audiobook coming soon!


What would you do if a natural disaster decimated a huge part of your country?

After Japan’s catastrophic Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Roger Lowther’s family and community found themselves reeling from a series of devastating blows:

• 9.0 magnitude earthquake

• Monstrous 120+ foot tsunami

• Exploding nuclear power plants

• Tens of thousands dead

• Hundreds of thousands homeless

How can you demonstrate God’s presence and goodness to people living in devastation around you? How do you find hope in the middle of so much despair?

In the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in history, music had a power they never dreamed possible. An electrifying sense of hope, almost tangible, wafted through the air. In those moments, beauty won over fear and despair.

These stories of the aroma of God’s beauty and presence in the devastation will encourage you, inspire you, and change you.


After a tsunami strikes the city of Kamaishi, Japan, a church finds their beloved piano upside down and covered in a big pile of mud and debris. Rather than throw it out, they decide to spend the enormous amounts of time and money necessary to fix it.

Inspired by a true story, Pippy the Piano and the Very Big Wave helps children understand the meaning of redemption.


This small booklet was written to complement a complete performance of J.S. Bach’s monumental work Clavier-Übung III in Tokyo in 2017 as part of Community Arts Tokyo’s annual Bach Festival. It also celebrates the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. If there had been no Martin Luther, there would be no Clavier-Übung III.

It has been a great joy to perform and meditate on this

work over the years, and it is my sincere hope that these

short writings will be useful in your own exploration of

this great masterpiece.


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