God Bless Andrew Peterson

Today at our house we are officially inducting Andrew Peterson into the Hamilton Hall of Fame for his sheer awesomeness. If you’re a regular here at For His Renown, you know that we have taken great delight in Andrew’s music (song) and writings (word), and now he has topped it off with a gift of line (form). The T.H.A.G.s, the Three Honored and Great Subjects, of music, writing, and drawing, are crafts this brother cultivates, and he has blessed us with all three.

We were introduced to his work several years ago when a dear friend gave us his Christmas album Behold the Lamb of God, which may be the best thing to happen to Christmas music since Handel’s Messiah. We loved Resurrection Letters Vol. 2, then Counting Stars, and we eagerly await Light for the Lost Boy. You won’t regret buying these albums. They will enrich your life, open your eyes, deepen your soul, and tell you of the hope that holds through the night.

Then we learned that he wrote books in addition to songs, and we had to have a look. What we saw was startling, intriguing, joy-giving, yea, beautiful. One night as we were reading On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, it got so late I had to put the kids to bed, but I was in storygrip so after I put them to bed I kept reading right on to the end.

Hit that link above and go get your copy. Read and enjoy, then move on to North! Or Be Eaten, whose adventure and sacrifice and resurrection are topped off by the joy of the reunion of a long separated family in The Monster in the Hollows, a joy that rises from the ashes of sorrow and must plunge into the uncertainty of the future. What that future holds awaits the writing of The Warden and the Wolf King.

If you get the books and start now, you can live through the experience of reading them as the story is being written–how often does the chance to do that come along? Books one, two, and three are waiting for you at Amazon or the Rabbit Room. I read them aloud to our kids, and now the ones old enough to read regularly revisit them.

All this brings me to the point of this post. We entered a book review contest, won second place, and the creative generosity of Andrew Peterson resulted in our prize arriving today!

Andrew is in our Hamilton Hall of Fame for this drawing of The Great Library at Ban Rona, replete with a note from the author telling the thrilling tale of the perilous adventure that overtook him as he created the masterpiece.

Praise God for Andrew Peterson, today’s inductee into the Hamilton Hall of Fame, may the Lord bless his every endeavor, and may each of you visit the links to the works of art above, click the Like button, click the Add to Cart button, then enjoy the music and the stories, the lyrics and the love.

2 Responses to God Bless Andrew Peterson

  1. Kyle Carlson June 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Hear, hear. I have been an unwavering admirer and beneficiary of Andrew’s music since 2005. There is nothing like it, and I heartily agree with your commendations of his wonderful, soul-stirring, worship-inspiring work. My wife and our oldest two kiddos (7 and 5) love Andrew’s music too. We had our church host him (and the Captains Courageous) in concert last month, and it was an extraordinary experience. Andrew and his crew were gracious, humble, likable chaps, in addition to being virtuosic musicians and splendid performers. They kindly hung around after the show to eat ice cream with our concert volunteers, which was far beyond expected or obligatory. Win.

    I finally decided the Wingfeather Saga could wait no longer, so my 7-year-old daughter and I began reading “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” together about a month ago. We’re having a wonderful time, and I’m eager for the remaining two (soon to be three) installments.

    I like your idea of a family hall of fame. We may have to borrow that idea.

    Cheers,

    Kyle

  2. Jeremy Farmer July 17, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    AP is one of the most influential people in my life. He rolls through our iTunes with the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. He can’t put out new books and albums fast enough.

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