Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing  -     By: Kevin Ott
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Shadowlands and Songs of Light: An Epic Journey into Joy and Healing

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Broadstreet Publishing Group
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 6.5 X 4.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1424552915
ISBN-13: 9781424552917

Publisher's Description

The Bible tells Christians not to grieve as the world grieves and to rejoice in their sufferings. Yet when author Kevin Ott lost his mother unexpectedly in 2010, he sank into a wintry depression.
When life seemed the darkest, something surprising happened. While exploring eighteen C. S. Lewis books and thirteen U2 albums, he experienced tremendous "stabs of joy"—the unusual heaven-birthed joy that Lewis wrote about—in the midst of grief. This revelation not only pulled Kevin out of depression, it forever changed the way he experienced the love and joy of Christ.
In Shadowlands and Songs of Light, you will:
  • Learn fascinating details about C. S. Lewis, discover his unique definition of joy, understand how to apply his revelations about joy to suffering, and learn to recognize and cooperate with God’s strategic use of joy.
  • Enjoy a grand tour of U2’s discography, with a special emphasis on their exploration of joy and suffering.
  • Clearly understand, from the perspective of music theory explained in common terms, why the music of U2 is so emotionally powerful and how it serves as a perfect analogy for Lewis’s concepts of joy and the Christian ability to rejoice in suffering.
  • Find inspiration from the personal stories of U2, especially the tragedies that engulfed their youth in Dublin, and see how they worked through that grief and discovered a joy that has kept the band together for over thirty-five years.
When the out-of-control nature of the world and your weaknesses throw you off-balance, you can experience God’s grandeur and joy— discovering heaven’s perspective until it becomes your instinctive, default vantage point every day.

Author Bio

KEVIN OTT is a regular contributor to Vital Magazine and a lifelong fan of C. S. Lewis and U2. His articles about music have been recognized by world-class institutions, leading voices in the U2 scholarly community, and—the most prominent U2 fan site in the world. He has been a worship leader for fourteen years and has given presentations about the Bible, U2, and C. S. Lewis all over the world. Kevin lives in Carpinteria, California, with his wife and daughter. 

Editorial Reviews

"Grace makes beauty out of ugly things," Bono sings, and Kevin Ott writes with openness, passion, and hard-won insight about the grace he found in U2 and C. S. Lewis when walking through one of life’s most troubling episodes. Readers will receive the gifts of Ott’s honesty, wisdom, and enthusiasm for life from this book, as I did, and will find that at the intersection of U2, Lewis, and scripture, he has built a richly layered playlist.
Scott Calhoun, Professor of English, Cedarville University, director of the U2 Conference and editor of Exploring U2: Is This Rock ’n’ Roll? Essays on the Music, Work, and Influence of U2

U2 and C. S. Lewis! What an amazing combination that guides the soul soaked in sorrow into a place of illuminated peace. Kevin Ott brilliantly takes a deep emotional dive that surfaces in the presence of Jesus. I am so pleased to recommend this book to everyone who has known depression, suffering, and sadness. Kevin artfully combines his skill as a worship leader and inspirational speaker to help us understand the liminal space between brokenness and healing.
—Randy Phillips, of the musical group Phillips, Craig & Dean

Kevin writes about music in a way I’ve never seen before. It brings all the deeper things of our existence—joy, philosophy, theology, imagination, and hope—to life. It transforms you.
—Moses Sumney, acclaimed recording artist and songwriter, and a collaborator with the Grammy-winning artist Beck

Ott’s insightful analysis and personal testimonial result in a persuasive and powerful presentation of the ability of artistic expression and spiritual exploration to aid in healing and growth. The author’s own training and experience as a musician, composer, songwriter, worship leader, author, blogger, and film critic give him a unique perspective on creativity and the Creator. Readers will discover how it is possible to tap into unexpected depths of joy even while wrestling with profound loss.
—Rev. Jon Eymann, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, and Manager of Crisis Services, Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness

Kevin’s intense hunger for God comes through on every page. This book does more than just bring joy into times of sorrow. It will change your life and awaken a deeper hunger to pursue God with all of your heart.
—Dr. Kodjoe Sumney, Founder of Mission Africa Incorporated, an award-winning humanitarian group in Africa, and the presiding pastor over the Annual Parliamentary Conference, a national prayer conference held in the parliament of Ghana, Africa

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    The book is a devotional - it is about specific themes and then he delves deeper into them. He then gives you application - how to apply what he has taught you and then he gives you an incredible prayer - I mean a really deep prayer not like some of those prayers you get at the end of those books you normally get. The author made sure that the Scripture was well documented in that it backed up what he was trying to get across to the readers, which is something that you really want an author or pastor or anyone that is trying to tell you something to do. You see that is something that I was taught - well taught isn't the word - drilled into is more like it - my father drilled into me (my father is a pastor, or was a pastor - he passed) the one thing he wanted me to learn most for me to know about learning things (or even word of knowledge etc) from others is that DO NOT take what someone is saying to you unless it is ALWAYS backed up by Scripture and that make sure the Scripture, does get twisted around to fit what they are saying - and do that by reading the Scripture around it to see what it is meaning originally. So, in this book I could not believe what this author did when it came to teaching and backing up what he said with Scripture - he really did it - then - I looked up the Scriptures that he gave - and wouldn't you guess the Scriptures that he gave - the twisting I mentioned - well.....he didn't can you believe it - most authors do twist it - not all of them but a lot of them - but he did it right - and let me tell you about the book - it is fantastic. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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