|About the Book|
Using musical metaphors, Mark Paulson explores Gods 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 inMoreUsing musical metaphors, Mark Paulson explores Gods 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 Gods 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 Musicians Explanation of Gods Purpose and Meaning for Our Lives is a look at Gods redemption from the viewpoint of Mark Paulson, a professional pianist and piano teacher in New Jersey. Some of Paulsons analogies are expected: its 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.