God's Cycle of Music: A Musician's Explanation of God's Purpose and Meaning for Our Livesby Mark Paulson
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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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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