Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book review with a giveaway: Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth

Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND LYRICS OF 
RICH MULLINS

About the Book:

Rich Mullins was a once-in-a-lifetime singer/songwriter whose impact on Christian music and the church is still felt today, even twenty years after his passing. His words and music softened and inspired the most hardened hearts to believe. His was a ragged and raw faith of a pilgrim, poet, and prophet. Now more than a dozen of today’s singers, songwriters, producers, and authors gather to share never-before-heard stories and lessons that continue to influence their music and ministries today. These lessons, gleaned from Rich’s own struggles and pursuits, are combined with lyrics from unreleased Rich Mullins songs that will inspire longtime Mullins fans, new Christian music followers, and spiritual seekers trying to understand the reckless love of God.

You can purchase this book here.

About the Authors:

Andrew Greer
A multiple Dove Award-nominated singer/ songwriter and respected author, Andrew Greer is known for his soulful folk-gospel sound, instinctively captured on his critically-acclaimed Angel Band recordings. Andrew’s 2013 hymns project, All Things Bright & Beautiful, held the #1 position on Nielsen Christian SoundScan’s Instrumental chart for 25 consecutive weeks. The author of Transcending Mysteries, Andrew’s stories have appeared in Christianity Today, In Touch, and CCM Magazine. A native Texan, Andrew makes his home in Franklin, Tennessee.


Randy Cox
Randy Cox has nearly 40 years of experience in music publishing, including his work at Paragon Music, where he discovered Michael W. Smith, and at Meadowgreen Music, where he first signed Rich Mullins. As publisher or representative, Randy’s songs have been heard on more than 80 million recordings, including dozens of Grammy and Dove Award-winning albums. Randy lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also serves as adjunct professor at Trevecca University and a consultant with LifeWay Worship Resources and Spachtula Music.

My Perspective:

I was doing my own growing up in my Christian walk at the same time that Contemporary Christian Music was making great strides as an industry, and among all the great Christian music that had suddenly become available, the music of Rich Mullins affected me the most.  I remember driving by myself very late one night, listening to Christian music from the battery-powered cassette player in the seat next to me.  Nothing that I was hearing fit my need for something deep.  Everything I listened to as I traveled seemed "fluffy," and I wanted more than that.  I kept pulling the cassettes out, and replacing them with something else, until I put a Rich Mullins cassette in the player.  I had found what I was looking for.  His music took me deeper, spiritually.  After that, each new album he released touched me anew.

Years later, I was living in an area that was given a highly-publicized prediction of a major earthquake.  That was good for raising earthquake-preparedness awareness, but it also made me consider my own mortality.  What if I did find myself in the midst of a natural disaster?  I was single and far from my family.  Rich's lyrics were a comfort to me:

But when I leave I want to go out like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
Well, It'll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won't break my heart to say goodbye

Go big.  That was Rich in his relationship to God, and in his desire to serve the less fortunate.

A roommate and I saw Rich in concert at a church in Memphis, TN.  It was one of the best concerts I have ever attended, and it wasn't because of the light show.  You know how some really good books or movies stick with you, even after you've moved on to the next one?  This concert stuck with me for weeks.  We told everyone about it at church the next day, and on Monday I went to the Christian bookstore on my lunch break to buy the cassette. I really couldn't afford it, but I couldn't live without it.  The "glow" of having been at that concert, listening to a barefooted musician wearing blue jeans, lasted for weeks.

When he died, I cried for weeks, and sometimes years later I would still weep at earth's loss of this man.  His music has touched me like no one else's.  I still consider him as my favorite CCM artist.  At the risk of sounding uber-fanatical, I loved him and wanted to know everything I could about Rich Mullins.

My Review:

That's why I was thrilled to read this book.  It's not a biography-it's exactly what the subtitle claims:  Spiritual Conversations Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of Rich Mullins.  By reading how Rich affected those who knew him well, it allowed me to remember his influence on my life and get to know him better.  Each chapter is written by a different person, and the chapters are fairly short.  I took my time reading through this book so I could savor each reflection.

Rich was such a unique individual because of the depth of his love for God.  For this reason, I highly recommend it not only for all Rich Mullins fans, but for anyone who wants a glimpse of a life fully lived in the love and grace of God.

I am so thankful to Worthy Publishing for providing a review copy of this book.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

Giveaway:

I have a copy of this book and a Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth t-shirt to give away to a reader of this blog, courtesy of Worthy Publishing.  To be entered into the giveaway, please comment on this post in answer to one or both of these questions:  What are your memories of Rich Mullins, or What or who was influential to you in your spiritual growth?   You have through Monday, December 4 to enter.  U S. residents only, please.

Finally:

Join the conversation about this book and Rich's influence on others here:  #windsofheavenstuffofearth


3 comments:

  1. At a time when contemporary Christian music was new, Rich Mullins’ voice became a leader. His music still touches me today and I love how it still speaks to listeners.

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  2. I agree, Nancy! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Rich Mullins'"Awesome God" was instantly a beloved classic worship song. I appreciate Rich's authenticity in his thoughtful lyrics and ministry. He Reigns!!!

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