Songs of Asaph: In the Night (Andrew Peterson)

IN THE NIGHT
by Andrew Peterson

A lovely, folksy wrestling with hope in the midst of darkness and fear.

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A Look at The Cooper Kids Adventure Series

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Adventure and discovery is the only heartbeat Jay and Lila have known. Ever since they could remember, their dad, Dr. Jake Cooper, has taken his children along on his archeological excavations which somehow always turn out to be Indiana Jones-like adventures complete with sinking islands, “ghosts” from another era, a mysterious disease that turns it’s host green with insanity and giants walking straight out of the pages of the Bible. After Mrs. Cooper died in a cave-in accident on one of their expeditions, Dr. Cooper has been more determined than ever to keep his children, 14-year old Jay and 13-year old Lila, by his side and not miss out on the opportunity to personally instruct his children and teach them the ways of the Lord. The book series centers on such themes as faith in God’s sovereignty, conquering sinful fear and exercising sacrificial love. Recommended reading level for children is 8-14 years old though not all content is appropriate for all ages. Use your own discretion.

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Sons of Asaph: Andrew Peterson

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Between his novels and his songs, Andrew Peterson has fast-won a place in my heart.

Some of you know Andrew Peterson as the creator of the Wingfeather Sagas, some of you know him by his concerts and albums, some of you know him by both and some of you are about to meet him for the first time.

With the exception of his lullabies cd, I think I have heard almost every song he has recorded and unlike any other artist I can think of, I love every one of them. I’m not a big fan of the contemporary Christian music genre in general because sadly, what that often means is banal, repetitive, simplistic, tasteless, music that is more interested in following trends, changing it’s colors like a chameleon to draw in the biggest crowds, rather than exploring the strengths of a particular style of music and developing skill with their chosen voice.

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Andrew Peterson doesn’t fit that bill by any stretch of the imagination. His faith permeates everything he writes and sings but that doesn’t give him the felt-need to make every song a “worship song” nor does he allow fads to drive his music.

Andrew Peterson has a poet’s gift with words, a Pastor’s Kid’s Biblical insight and an uncanny ability to skillfully mimic a plethora of genres according to the needs of each song and still have a unique, recognizable “voice” that comes through all of his music. His songs hit something deep in my soul; he speaks into the darkness of doubt, fear, pride and longing, not afraid to acknowledge it’s real, even in the Christian, but then pricks the dark canvas and allows the light of Christ to shine through, the more glorious because of the darkness it shines into.

For the next fifteen weeks I am going to highlight an Andrew Peterson song every Friday afternoon so be sure to subscribe to my blog to not miss any posts! I hope to give y’all a glimpse of the remarkable depth, skill and diversity Mr. Peterson has attained. Enjoy!

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Sons of Asaph

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The Sons of Asaph were gifted musicians and singers, carrying on the appointment of their ancestor Asaph, author of some of the Psalms, to “raise sounds of joy”.

The Sons of Asaph were involved in many key events throughout Old Testament history. They sang at the recapture of the ark of the covenant under King David, ministered in the tent of meeting, celebrated at the dedication of Solomon’s temple, prophesied to Jehoshaphat, cleansed and consecrated the temple under King Hezekiah, led in Josiah’s celebration of the rediscovery of God’s law, and received honorary mention in Ezra’s records of the exiles returning to Jerusalem from Babylon.

Musicians have always been an important aspect of culture and can capture deep truths about a people’s values and what they believe.

It is in honor of this tradition that I am appointing Friday afternoon for highlighting a musician–a spiritual “son of Asaph”, song or album to either recommend or discuss. There may be some gaps in between posts, depending on my personal schedule but this will be the idea. Some artists will be Christian, others merely articulating some Christian ideas, and others articulating a worldview in contrast to Christianity. I hope you join me!

Seeing the Horrors of WW2 Through a Child’s Eyes

I AM DAVID
By Anne Holm

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This book moved VERY slow and the plot and character development was simplistic, yet there remains in this story a spark of something that is difficult to describe and likely will not resonate with all readers, compelling me to give this book a higher rating than I would otherwise. It’s a story of the crushing influence and lasting impressions a secular and oppressive institution have on a young boy who should have been in the bloom of “innocence” but instead must be taught to smile, to trust and to accept “something for nothing” in return as he leaves behind the Nazi concentration camp he lived in all his life in the dim hope of finding his long-lost mother in Denmark.

I would highly recommend the book to young readers because it is a delicate and non-graphic introduction to the holocaust, focusing on the effects rather than the source of WW2’s horrors.