A friend of mine, Jill Noel Kandel, has an essay in the current issue of Image (issue 58), "Asking for Salt." With many years compressed into less than 4000 words, this is the story of Kandel helping her son learn to read. By the time you finish reading it, however, you find it has expanded within that space to become a universal story about expectation, acceptance, love, and costly grace. It's an amazing piece. Here's the online link:
While you're on the Image site, take a look at the "Good Letters" blog, where a team of contributors post something new each weekday about the relationship between art and faith.