An artist shares her experiences with close friend Richard Mullins, a devout Christian with amazing musical gifts, in this new memoir released by Dog Ear Publishing.
Love, life and art mesh in Singing from Silence, a true story of two eighteen-year-old freshmen who both attended Cincinnati Bible College. In 1974, an idealistic musical genius with an admiration for St. Francis of Assisi and an unbelieving artist with a rebellious streak forged a long-lasting friendship that gave rise to some of the best-loved songs of Contemporary Christian music.
Richard Wayne (Rich) Mullins, a gifted musical visionary, has been compared to a modern-day prophet. Best known for his song “Awesome God,” by his own account, he learned to play hymns on the piano in four-part harmony before he could speak. He studied classical piano in elementary school, accompanied a traveling youth choir in junior high school, and performed his original songs while touring with a singing group in high school. His songwriting derived from his life experiences as he opened his heart to touch the lives of his listeners with his music.
Yet as talented as he was, Richard Mullins faced the very human challenge of needing to be loved despite his weaknesses, not because of his God-given genius. When he performed, he bonded with an audience blind to his flaws. As a result, he was never satisfied with their admiration. Instead, he engaged in a personal quest to find the unconditional love of God demonstrated in his own life. In the end, by the grace of God, his life became an example of God’s unfailing love.
The author, Pamela Richards, describes conversations and incidents from their friendship which appeared in many of Richard’s songs. She considers their friendship a very special gift. She tells her story to share that gift with others. Pamela learned from Richard that not only can a creative gift be shared, it can keep on giving. Richard Wayne Mullins was known for his generosity with his talents. He earned millions through his music, but he deliberately limited his personal income and gave the rest to charity. Step by step, the author hopes to follow in the pattern he has set. Watch her website for more details.
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Singing from Silence, Rich Mullins: Love Beyond Fear
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1028-1 160 pages $15.99 US
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