was first published in London by AVON Books in 1997; This is the second edition, new Cover.
Lyrically adapting the teachings of the medieval mystics into story form, Mary Mendenhall spins a classic tale while introducing us to spiritual giants of long ago. Reminiscent of the storytelling styles of Elizabeth Goudge and George MacDonald, her fresh presentation of the enduring quest story is a fascinating literary introduction to mystical thought on the nature of self-discovery, spiritual power, and psychological freedom from the past. Emotionally and spiritually engaging, Michael and the Ice Princess is a journey through the world of sages of the past who still have much to say to lost pilgrims —and modern souls.
Soon available from Author Reputation Press
Reviews: "This extremely well-written novel fulfills the promise of its sub-title ‘A Mystical Romance’, for here we have a subtle blending of the two that is extremely beguiling and imaginative... We are at once entertained, mystified, enthralled, and spiritually nourished by her marvelous characters. Drawing on rich and eclectic sources, Mary Mendenhall has produced a memorable tapestry of great power and beauty... [a] very satisfying work." -- A.E. Rawlinson, London, 1996
from Elizabeth Sherrill, co-author of The Hiding Place: “More readers for this enchanting tale! It really is a journey inward, taking the reader into his own depths.
from Catholic devotional writer Henri Nouwen in 1995: "I love the idea of a 'mystical romance.'"
from Celtic harpist Kim Robertson: "I was sorry it was so short; I could have used 300 more pages."