A Song to Sing, A Life to Live: Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice

A Song to Sing, A Life to Live: Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice

Celebrating the spirit of song

In A Song to Sing, a Life to Live, Don and Emily Saliers help readers see the connections between Saturday night music and Sunday morning music by exploring the spiritual dimensions of music itself. They tell the stories of their own lives in music, and they share what they have learned and observed about the power of music in human life. They help us appreciate the joy of music and also how music carries us into places of sorrow, where we must go if we are to live with honesty about ourselves and compassion for others.

This book is for churchgoers and spiritual seekers alike. Music is described in terms of spiritual practice; it has the power to embrace those who are deeply immersed in the life of Christian faith and speak to those who are spiritual but may question formal religion.

The book explores a wide variety of musical traditions and offers an invitation to embrace a broader and deeper vision of the power of music and the spiritual dimensions of attentive listening. "This is a beautiful expression of music as many things--healer, gift, symbol of freedom and community, and agent of change" (Mary Chapin Carpenter).

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506454719
  • eBook ISBN 9781506454726
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 216
  • Publication Date February 1, 2019

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Chapter   1   Tracing Our Songlines
Chapter   2   A Sound Spirituality
Chapter   3   My Life Flows On in Endless Song
Chapter   4   Do You Hear What I Hear?
Chapter   5   Becoming Who We Are Through Music
Chapter   6   Music Divides Us
Chapter   7   Singing Our Sorrow
Chapter   8   Sing Justice, Sing Freedom
Chapter   9   Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Chapter 10   Music and the Search for God
The Authors