Lessons from a Troubadour: A Lifetime of Parables, Prose, and Stories

Lessons from a Troubadour: A Lifetime of Parables, Prose, and Stories

by John Michael Talbot

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ISBN-13: 9781594718458
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 09/21/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 133,506
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Michael Talbot is a prolific Catholic singer-songwriter, speaker, and bestselling author who founded an integrated monastic community, the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.

Talbot began performing at age seventeen with his brother Terry in their country folk-rock band Mason Proffit. He has recorded more than fifty albums and authored thirty books. Recognized as one of Catholic music’s most popular artists and whose work also is widely held by Christians of other denominations. Talbot’s compositions are published in hymnals throughout the world.  He received a Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year, Light Eternal, with producer Phil Perkins, and is one of nine artists to receive the President’s Merit Award (a Grammy) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1988 he was named the number one Christian artist by Billboard magazine.

Born into a Methodist family, Talbot explored fundamentalism, Native American religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and the Jesus movement. That’s when he began using his musical talent to express his faith, eventually becoming a pioneer in the contemporary Christian music scene. He studied all Christian denominations, but found Catholicism spoke to his heart. He was inspired after reading about the life of St. Francis of Assisi and began studying patristics, and monasticism at a Franciscan center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He entered the Catholic Church in 1978 and joined the secular Franciscan order. He started a house of prayer called The Little Portion, which he later moved to Arkansas. This developed into the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.

Talbot remains the spiritual father and minister general of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, which also includes the St. Clare Monastery in Texas and those who live outside the community. His humanitarian efforts have been recognized by the Mercy Corps with the Mother Teresa Award. He created and was host of All Things Are Possiblewith God on The Church Channel.

Talbot lives as a family monastic with his wife at The Little Portion Hermitage, the community he founded in Berryville, Arkansas.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Holy God

The Voice, the Eternal, the Music 3

Paradox, Mystery, and Balance 4

Both Beyond and Personal 6

Creation and the Creator 7

God's Love and Our Freedom 9

Meeting Jesus 11

Jesus Is God and Man 13

Jesus Is the Heart of God 17

Jesus: Mystery of Mysteries 18

The Love of Jesus 20

Mary: Holy Is His Name 21

Mary Our Mother 23

Blessings and Beatitudes 27

God Alone 29

The Word Monk 30

The Painter 33

Surrender to Jesus 36

Sand Dunes and the Holy Spirit 38

The Holy Spirit and Freeze-Dried Coffee 40

Water Drops and the Sun 41

Two Wings of the Dove 43

Love and Truth 44

Part 2 The Inner Room

Known and Unknown 47

True Love 49

The Lover and the Beloved 52

Finding Your Monastic Cell, Skete, or Monastery 55

The Spiritual Father and Mother 58

Charismatic Praise and Thanksgiving 61

Breath Prayer 64

Pruning and Ascetical Disciplines 66

The Spiral Staircase 69

The Pebble in the Shoe 70

Scrupulosity and Driving between the Lines 71

Come to the Quiet 72

Cups in the Rain 74

The Still Pond 76

The Spider and the Web 78

The Reservoir 79

The Aqueduct 80

The Oasis and Canteens in the Desert 82

Work and Miracles 84

The Tension in the Bowstring 85

The Wheat and the Dough 86

Yeast or Alternative Dough 88

The Fire of God 90

The Water of the Spirit and the Oil of Sin 94

Water in a Clean, Empty Vessel 95

Priming the Pump 97

Part 3 The Church

Christ, Christian, and Catholic 101

The Safety Net and the Trampoline 104

The Body: Mind, Heart, Skeleton 106

The Rock Wall 108

Spokes on the Wheel 110

Right Foot, Left Foot: Walking Forward as the Body of Christ 112

Scribes and Pharisees 114

Apostles and Prophets 117

The Three-Legged Stool 119

The Regathering 121

The Stream and the Tree 125

The Ship, the Sail, and the Rudder 128

Naked Wrestling and Poverty 130

The Train Track and Obedience 132

Chastity and Love with Jesus 136

The Monk and the Monastery 138

Meeting the Magi 140

The Oil Painting and the Line Drawing 143

Integration and the Cord 145

Integration and Community 146

Promises of the Heart 150

The Master Musician 151

Playing the Guitar 153

Musical Periods and the Church 154

The Symphony 156

The Orchestra 157

Part 4 The Future Lies before Us

Universal Signs 161

Dreams and Sister Death 163

Sickness and Death 165

We Need Revival 166

Stepping Out of the Boat 168

Stones in the Temple 170

St. Teresa's Prayer: Christ Has No Body Now But Yours 172

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