[Today, Ivan Mesa @ the Gospel Coalition posted a great interview with Andrew Peterson about The Burning Edge of Dawn. Check it out.]
Like the Inklings of yesteryear, Peterson understands the importance of coming together with kindred spirits (even if not in an English pub). Almost a decade ago he and some friends began The Rabbit Room for such people. “The Rabbit Room is a place for stories,” he then wrote. “For artists who believe in the power of old tales, tales as old as the earth itself, who find hope in them and beauty in the shadows and in the light and in the source of the light.” And for half of that time this digital community has met for the annual Hutchmoot retreat, a “gathering in celebration of books, music, and works of art that tell the truth beautifully.”
This Friday (October 9) marks the release of Peterson’s newest album, The Burning Edge of Dawn. I corresponded with him about the different approach he took with this album, what he’s learned about God and himself through (in what he describes as) a “long, painful night,” how writing fantasy novels has affected him, and more.
I am excited to see that this article has links to some of the songs, especially The Sower’s Song! I loved that one when I heard it in the last Stageit concert.
Just yesterday afternoon I discovered “Be Kind to Yourself” via FB, and I played it for my daughter after picking her up from school. It is always what we don’t see coming – the unexpected blessings of the everyday – where God works. Andrew’s talent in writing and music is a blessing and I too have been through my own “dark season.” Andrew your work and ministry are gifts to us all and I am very thankful. The Holy Spirit is at work within and through each one of us when we open our hearts, let go and fly with the gifts we’ve been given. Blessings and peace.
This was wonderful in so many ways. Blessings on you, Andrew, and thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Finally got around to reading and listening. Good, beautiful stuff. My heart hurt through all of “The Rain Keeps Falling.” It was achingly beautiful, but hard to know that you’ve been in such darkness lately. Thank you for shining your light even when you don’t feel like it and for being so transparent in every step of your walk.
I really appreciated the commentary for the Rain Keeps Falling. I know how destructive those voices in your head can be. They always shift your focus from God and others to yourself.
Mine always tell me I’m a fraud, and They’re gonna find out. Usually it’s professional. No matter how much experience I gain, I always tell myself I’m somehow a fake engineer. Sometimes it’s spiritual. Sometimes it’s about the weird interests and passions I have. But it’s always that They’re gonna unmask me.
The prescription given in the album is, I think, true, and a blessing. Peace, be still. And rejoice.
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