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Redemption Songs: Prayers for people like us Paperback – November 15, 2016
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About the Author
Mark Laurent is a professional musician, poet, writer and Christian communicator. He’s recorded many albums over more than 30 years and been a recording producer. Since the early 1980s he has used music and poetry for outreach and in worship, in New Zealand and overseas. Mark has previously published 3 collections of poetry and an illustrated children’s storybook. He writes magazine articles and reviews. Now and then he can be seen busking on Queen Street, “It’s good to keep in touch with life where it happens – with people where they are.” He lives with wife and fellow musician Brenda Liddiard in a 20th floor, high-rise apartment in central Auckland.
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- Carolyn S (Auckland)
"Songs for these times. Psalms really. Mapping the way through mud and valley, over plain and mountain, under sun and rain. As Leonard Cohen said, making cracks for the light to get in when all seems lost and undone. David the King knew how to write them. Brought great comfort in times of stress and in times of joy. Like spilling the beans and saying how it is in the moment; dropping the mask, unafraid of the naked Emperor. Hank Williams too. Bare heart of mixed up confusion, always reaching for the light; hanging out the tune on number eight wire fences down every side road.
Here is Mark Laurent, singer, songwriter, man redeemed. Psalmist. Friend of all those who sing redemption songs in the dark places and in the halls of light and gladness. It’s ok to hum dark tunes or dance to a jig or do both in alternate moments. Redemption Song #23 has us stepping out of the rat race, finding quiet within ourselves, walking through dark places, experiencing life like heaven – all these, now and then.
Redemption Songs are personal psalms with a deeper reach. Small seeds, mantras of the kingdom, companions for the moment, waiting to be sung. Songs for these times."