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Living the questions
Arends, Carolyn.
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Eugene, Or. : Harvest House ; Nashville, Tenn. : CCM Books, [2000]

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240 pages ; 21 cm
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BR1725.A764 A3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Carolyn Arends, whose music has been acclaimed for its artistry and lyrical power, offers us a very special glimpse into "the cruel, short, beautiful, long adventure that is this life." In her humorous, tender, and passionate collection of personal stories, Carolyn examines many of the struggles we face in light of her heartfelt belief that God guides each of us safely through the mess and mystery of life. Living the Questions, while resisting easy solutions, suggests that our questions themselves tell us much about a final Answer almost too wonderful to be imagined. Book jacket.

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Carolyn Arends is an award-winning songwriter and critically acclaimed recording artist

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Anyone who has tired of hearing famous Christians discuss their faith with trite platitudes will appreciate Arends's refreshing book, in which the musician embraces the fact that her world and her God do not always make sense. The book came about when her publicist asked her to write an open letter explaining her latest album. She spoke of the sudden death of her friend, songwriter Rich Mullins, being juxtaposed with the birth of her son, and explored the contradictions of God's presence in it all. After receiving a heartfelt response from her fans, she decided to elaborate into a book. Arends notes that her "life so far has consisted of a series of seemingly routine moments, completely unremarkable except for the fact that the God of the universe chooses to encode himself in even the most mundane aspects of our lives." She speaks of the terrifying summer she could no longer feel God's presence, and of the moment, while driving through Utah's canyons, when that presence exploded in front of her. In musing about Alzheimer's disease, reflecting on how God answered her prayers during terrifying childhood moments or pondering her family's misfortunes, Arends addresses the eternal nature of the soul and affirms the powerful grace of God. While this book is not a deep theological treatise, its simple sweetness stands on its own. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1. Shoesp. 15
2. The Letterp. 23
The Summers of My Discontent
3. An Ordinary Lifep. 35
4. A Summer in the Southp. 43
5. The Journey Homep. 55
Landmarks and Ebenezers
6. Of Samuel and Scroogep. 69
7. The Fish Pondp. 77
8. A Prairic Stormp. 87
9. Forget-Me-Notsp. 99
10. A Little Brotherp. 113
11. The Telephone Polep. 127
12. St. Matthew's Passionp. 137
Problem and Paradox
13. A Splendid Confusionp. 149
14. The Bargainp. 155
15. Jump Shots and Salchowsp. 163
16. The Donationp. 173
17. Dreams of Kings and Carpentersp. 183
Living the Questions
18. Belief and Unbeliefp. 197
19. Questions and Answersp. 213
20. The Delivery Roomp. 227
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Notesp. 239