One of my favourite stories to tell is how my family came to faith in Jesus through a cheesy 70s children’s record called Bullfrogs and Butterflies. I love that story for many reasons – because of its innocence, because that was the start of everything for us, because it’s so unlikely and overlooked and yet Jesus will meet with us even at the record player for a reconciliation. That song is so dear to me that even now when we listen to it, I cry. Every time. Because it’s not just the song of course, it’s the weight of memory accompanying the song.
(If you have a subscription to The Work of the People, you can watch this short film of me telling that story in its entirety but here’s a snippet at least.)
So as I was writing Out of Sorts, I began to realise how often music played a big part in my story – which is odd because I’m not a musician or a singer or even someone who can carry a tune. I don’t have a vast music collection and I’m not someone who has ever heard of anyone “before they were cool.” I’m pretty mainstream and very simple, actually. I tend to find something I like and listen to it until forever. But because of my tradition, because of my family, because of my own sensibilities, it seems that music played a bigger role in my faith than I had ever realised before writing that book.
These songs were my companions as I lived out the stories in the book and then they were my companions all over again when I wrote it.
So to accompany the book’s release, I’ve put together a playlist of songs that were either mentioned in the book or that were a part of my life at the time when certain stories were written.
I see these songs as your companions as you journey through the book.
You’ll begin to see why each one is there and why they matter and how they relate as you keep reading….
The first song, by Nichole Nordeman, is a new song that just came out. (I love Nichole Nordeman.) When I heard it, I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry because it felt like she took an entire 60,000 word book I’d just written and turned it into a song. It’s an anthem for me now and I can’t get over how perfect it is for the book’s theme and message. If you haven’t bought that full album, well, what are you waiting for?
(Disclaimer: None of these artists are “partners” with the book or anything. This is just a playlist I put together because it makes me happy.)
You can download the songs on iTunes or Amazon yourself, one after another, of course, or you can just listen to the ones that are available on a streaming service like Spotify as below.
Either way, I hope you enjoy it! And let me know what you think….? Which songs would be on your faith-story playlist?