Saturday, February 7, 2009

I Saw Andrew Peterson Tonight! Win a Signed CD!


A couple weeks ago, I found out that Andrew Peterson was planning a trip to the West Coast and I could not have been more hopeful. Living in California, we rarely get Christian artists come out here. Most Christian artists are based in Nashville and it's an expensive trip. So we'll get the big names and that's about it. Having said that, this is the second time I've been blessed to see Andrew in California. I truly know that is a blessing.

The West Coast of course covers a lot of territory so I could only hope that a Southern California location would be included. I'm willing do drive quite far, so as long as it was somewhere that made sense...

I truly felt it was a gift from God that a church in Rancho Cucamonga had opened its doors. So I planned to go all week and was looking forward to it. But today, well, it was raining. And I felt yucky and I started to think maybe I wouldn't go. (by the way I've seen Andrew Peterson four times and three of those times have been by myself. The other time I dragged someone. Does anyone else have the problem of no one enjoying the same music?) But I went anyone, because well, it's Andrew Peterson. And if you've read this blog for any length of time, you know what that means. There are certain artists, creators, thinkers, writers who speak into our lives in just the right way that we can hear it. Andrew Peterson, Julie Lessman, Ravi Zacharias are some that come immediately to mind...that I think, when they write something (or sing something) that I read or hear I come away a better person.

So I do think it was the devil and his evil forces trying to keep me away tonight because it was an absolute feast for my soul. I just really felt that taking the time to sit and savor the songs from Resurrection Letters Volume II and the stories behind them was exactly what I needed. I was moved and encouraged and edified. I can't even remember the last time I felt so edified...which isn't saying much about the recent sermons I've heard. I'm just so thankful that in this big vast world, God gives us artists...people who take the mysteries of life and faith and the love of God and wrestle them into words, to give voice to the things we feel but cannot articulate, to affirm us and remind us that we are not alone on this journey of life.

In any case, I bought a couple of CDs...I actually already own the album, but wanted to get one signed (which he signed to my friend Amy...is that not the coolest or what?) and one signed to give away here. (because yes, I'm always thinking about the blog...guilty as charged)

If you'd like to check out the music of Andrew Peterson in the form of a signed CD!!! Please leave me a comment and tell me about an artist/writer/thinker/creator who speaks into your life. This is open to everyone everywhere, I just want to be sure that you understand this is Christian music.




Amy

16 comments:

Crystal said...

What a great share - thanks! I love Nicole C. Mullen's music, especially "Call on Jesus". It has been such a comfort to me so many times in the past year.

grannyvon said...

Thanks for sharing. I have an local singer Beth Jackson who inspires me. My favorite she sings is The Blood Sets Me Free but if she opens her mouth its so anointed and beautiful it makes me feel so uplifted. on a profess-ional level Karon Wheaten inspires me. I would love to own this CD. Thank you for giving me to chance to enter.ybutler@oppcatv.com

Vanessa said...

The artist who most inspires me would have to be Chris Tomlin. I have seen him in concert a few times and met him once. He seems to be a truly genuine person. Thank you for the opportunity to win this CD.

vanessa(dot)indiana(at)gmail.com

Rita T. said...

Great post! Our family saw Andrew Peterson in concert a few months ago. We loved it! I passed Andrew on my way to the bathroom and nearly bumped into him. He was so friendly. His music and life is definitely touched by God.

Another music artist I like is Fernando Ortega. When he sings an old hymn (or even a new song), my spirit sings along.
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Anonymous said...

You must not have a husband, fiancee, boyfriend, valentine's date, friend who is not attached, because that is what Valentine's Day is about. We take our loved one and or the one we care about and or show apprection for and or show we are interested. We do that by having a special occasion with the women that we almost always would not enjoy but know she would for one of her special days. Valentines day that is what its all about spending time with our women so we can be with her even if it would be something we would never choose to do. That would include a good drive and to a Andrew Peterson concert for the night.
KHA

euphrony said...

I love AP (and already have Resurrection Letters, Vol II, so no need to enter the conetst). I also really love Sara Groves music. Jason Gray is a very thoughtful writer, as well. Steven Delopoulos - his writing takes many, many listens before you begin to get a flavor of the picture he draws with his music.

Amy said...

KHA--is this Kim??? Anyway, you are correct that I do not have a significant other and that most of my friends are attached or live not that close. (like an hour away) But in all fairness, I turned down a friend recently that wanted me to go see some Mexican gang band or something. The fastest thing I learned about being single in my twenties was that if I want to do something I should go ahead and plan to do it and if others want to come...well great. :)

Euphrony...I really love Jason Gray and Sara Groves as well. I also like Justin McRoberts a lot.

darbyscloset said...

HI Amy,
Good for you for going to the concert, if I was in CA I would of gone with you!!! Have you ever listened to "Rich Mullins"? He died in the 70's yet his music is all christian story telling...great songs to relate to; timeless just like the Bible!
Thanks for sharing!!! And I'd love a copy of the CD!
Darby

Thomas said...

I am so jealous that you got to see Andrew Peterson in concert. I just wish that one of his concerts was even remotely close to where I live. There is no need to put me in the drawing since I already have this cd.

Oh by the way. On the radio the other day there was a discussion on where people buy their books. It seemed that online was the where most people went to buy their books.

Thomas

Thomas said...

I forgot to answer your question. Other than Andrew Peterson there are three other musicians who’s music has moved and ministered to me at important times in my life. Shaun Groves, Ginny Owens, and Rich Mullins. I was so lucky that I had the chance to see Rich Mullins before he passed away because of an auto accident.

Thomas

Amy said...

Darby--if you like Rich Mullins you'll love Andrew Peterson, I think...Rich Mullins was a huge influence on him.

Thomas--I thought of you! I know how much you want to go to one...I do feel so very blessed indeed.

Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

I love Francine Rivers writing, and Casting Crowns for music. Their messages continue to challenge me in my faith walk.

Amy@The Sleepy Reader said...

No need to include me in the drawing since I own this CD already but artists that really touch me are AP, JJ Heller, Indelible Grace, and Sara Groves.

Favorite writers are Michael Horton, R.C. Sproul, Ravi Zacharias, John Piper and Mark Driscoll.

Stephen said...

Amy, about having friends who enjoy the same music: I have a friend who knew about Andrew's music, since we all go to the same church, but he had never really listened to him until I gave him one of AP's CDs. A couple weeks later, he told me, "When I'm having a bad day, or feel like I can't believe anymore, I listen to AP, and it gives me hope." Exactly. It's hard to put into words what listening to Andrew's music does for me, but that is certainly one thing - it gives me hope. I'm glad for friends who understand that.

Amy said...

Stephen, that's cool and I think hope is one of the things I love about the music too...and not the sort of superficial hope I sometimes get from other Christian-y things, but a deep abiding hope. If that makes sense.

Stephen said...

Absolutely. The "hope" that comes from other Christian-y things comes across, to me anyway, like it is very superficial and forced, and devoid of any context. Andrew sings, "‘Cause I’ve carried my cross into dens of the wicked, and you know I blended in just fine," and when he follows that line by singing hope-filled lyrics, I believe him.

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