God's Cycle of Music: A Musician's Explanation of God's Purpose and Meaning for Our Lives [NOOK Book]

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Using musical metaphors, Mark Paulson explores God's purpose and meaning for our lives. He illustrates how all the various parts of the 'Cycle of Music' in the end harmonize together to show how God, the Composer, uses the people he has created in order to receive honor and glory for himself. There are many ways to look at God's amazing relationship with humans: people with different talents, interests, and backgrounds see different aspects of God more clearly. It enriches us when we try to see from another ...
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God's Cycle of Music: A Musician's Explanation of God's Purpose and Meaning for Our Lives

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Overview

Using musical metaphors, Mark Paulson explores God's purpose and meaning for our lives. He illustrates how all the various parts of the 'Cycle of Music' in the end harmonize together to show how God, the Composer, uses the people he has created in order to receive honor and glory for himself. There are many ways to look at God's amazing relationship with humans: people with different talents, interests, and backgrounds see different aspects of God more clearly. It enriches us when we try to see from another person s perspective. God s Cycle of Music: A Musician's Explanation of God's Purpose and Meaning for Our Lives is a look at God's redemption from the viewpoint of Mark Paulson, a professional pianist and piano teacher in New Jersey. Some of Paulson's analogies are expected: it's almost automatic to cast God as the Composer of the music of life. Yet several of his analogies delightfully caught me off guard. I had never thought of the Holy Spirit as a Conductor, or Jesus as an Agent. In a compact style, Paulson brings up images for several aspects of the Christian experience; then allows us to expand and develop those images, creating our own variations on the theme. For example, he suggests comparing spiritual disciplines like prayer and fasting to practicing scales and etudes. He spins off a list of nine disciplines, gives a paragraph or two on each one for a starter, then encourages your imagination to expand and apply the idea. Occasionally an analogy gets weak and seems overshadowed by more familiar, non-musical expressions. Any metaphor can only be stretched so far before breaks down, but before that point the metaphor enriches and expands the mind, claims Jerry Starks in "Book Notes".
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Editorial Reviews

Beat Rink
Mark Paulson gives us deep insights into biblical truths. He compares musical concepts with our spiritual life, explaining what it means to live under God's authority and be led by the ultimate conductor. This book points out in a beautiful way which position a musician takes in the eternal gody purpose for music. I wish that many readers will be blessed!
Patrick Kavanaugh
'Mark Paulson has written a remarkable book in which he creatively uses the world of music to shed light on many significant Biblical principles. With music as an ongoing metaphor, he beautifully illustrates the various relationships we have with God and other Christians. This book has the amazing potential to change lives and to bring all of us closer to the Lord.
Randall W Haynes
Here Mark Paulson uses music-based metaphors and analogies to clarify the believer's relationship and responsibilities to God. Every serious Christian musician will understand and appreciate this book as a valuable resource for maturing their faith and sharing the Gospel.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012525291
  • Publisher: Hope Publishing House
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 92
  • File size: 34 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Paulson grew up in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and began his music studies when he was four years old. In 1977 he began taking piano lessons and ever since 1979 has been a piano teacher himself. He is a member of the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship and an adjudicator for the National Piano Guild. A lifelong entertainer and church musician, he has taught at various high schools and is also a graduate of Montclair State University in piano performance and Northeastern Bible College in religious arts. He has performed popular and sacred music for over 25 years in many venues and also is married with three children.
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