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We belong to love; love does not belong to us.—Pamela Rich
We belong to love; love does not belong to us.—Pamela RichardsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A love story, a memoir, a biography of a popular Christian composer and performer, a testimonial to Christ’s redeeming love—which is it? Singing from Silence combines all these genres into one intriguing and inspirational tale. It leaves the reader convinced of God’s great love for humanity and how it is played out in the lives of those who may not realize at the time how their words and actions will go on to demonstrate God’s redemptive love to others.
Art student Pamela Richards meets Richard Mullins at Cincinnati Bible College in 1974. From day one these two unconventional individuals become fast friends. Self-proclaimed “pagan” Pamela never wanted to attend Bible school in the first place but was given few options by her family. Rich is a Quaker mystic, a musical prodigy, and a budding Christian composer, destined for a career in youth ministry. While others assume the two are a dating couple, their relationship remains platonic. Pamela can never quite see herself as becoming a full partner to Rich’s musical ministry, and the idea of sharing him with crowds of admirers doesn’t appeal to her. She resists any notions they will ever marry yet steadfastly continues to be supportive and encouraging of her friend’s task to share the love of God through word and music.
Theirs is a love stronger than a mere romantic relationship can provide, Pamela concludes. It is a muse that generates soaring heights of artistic creation while in turn nurturing a deep closeness able to survive harsh words, long years with little contact, and the hell of Pamela’s divorce from an abusive spouse. Although Pamela and Rich are never able to become a couple in the worldly sense, she becomes increasingly aware of how their mutual love and friendship gives evidence to how God used the musical genius of Rich Mullins to bring others into a closer relationship with Him.
Singing from Silence testifies to the fact how poignant yet exhilarating it is to know that death itself has no hold over us as long as we are joined together in the creative power that is God’s love. -- Cindy Matthews for the FEARLESS REVIEWS