About the Book
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace." Thus begins this beautiful prayer, a meditation to expand peace in the world, beginning with one's self. Originally published in 1912 in a small French magazine, this prayer has been known by several names, from the original "Belle prière à faire pendant la messe" to the "Prayer of St. Francis." Photographer Mary Lee Dereske's images compliment each phrase, creating a prayer book to be treasured and returned to again and again.
Welcome to my page! My books combine my love of photography with my love of contemplation, wisdom, and the inner beauty of life. Every time I try to describe what "type" of photographer I am, or what photography "means", I find the words are as fleeting as the perfect moment of light on a scene. Let me say this - the photos I love most are the ones that bubble up out of my soul. I'm a native daughter of Michigan, now living in New Mexico. The two places are like apples and oranges. I love them both.