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For Those Tears I Died: The Amazing Story About How One Song Brought Healing to Millions and Birthed Contemporary Christian Music Paperback – October 31, 2016
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*Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, author, Moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches UFMCC: Marsha Stevens tells the story of her encounter with the living God in the passionate days of the Jesus movement - a story that led her to trust the God who made her, and called her, ultimately, to claim her identity and mission as a Born Again Lesbian! This is a story of two movements, a world-class hymn, and the powerful intersection of grace, identity and calling. The faith that birthed "For Those Tears I Died," eventually birthed "Free to Be," and so much more. From the almost surreal accounts of founding "Children of the Day," and ministering with celebrities in the global Jesus movement concerts, to the humblest of venues, Marsha is courageously authentic. She is the "mother of contemporary Christian music," who was at the very center and then driven to the margins. A prophetic poet and lyricist, she never stops reaching out to those who are not sure they can trust God, church or themselves. Her message, is, always, "of course you can!" Of all the things that live on after us, Marsha's music may be what best captures all that we tried to be and do for our community. ----- *Rev. Freda Smith, clergy person who performed the first U.S. same-sex wedding conducted with a government-issued civil marriage license in Denver, Colorado for Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan in 1975. The marriage is still listed on the Colorado Bureau of Records website: For Those Tears I Died by Marsha Stevens-Pino is a must-read autobiography by an uniquely- gifted songwriter and artist whose music and ministry has touched and changed our world. My church loved Marsha's music long before she entered MCC. She was a spiritual rock star in the Evangelical Christian world, a global traveler who appeared with the contemporary "greats" of the time. I give Marsha credit for being a positive factor in the growth of Sacramento MCC. Music does build the church. Marsha's book, For Those Tears I Died, goes behind the scenes, beyond the glitter of public appearances and acclaim, to introduce us to a very deep and real survivor who by the power and grace of her faith has overcome. "That spark that would not die was You, that strength to finally grieve, The faithfulness to feel the pain, yet still believe..." --- *Rev. Elder Troy Perry, pioneer civil rights activist, Founder of UFMCC - the largest LGBTQ organization in the world: I consider Marsha a colleague and one of my closest friends, but she is also a pioneer in her own right. One thing quickly learned by any pioneer is that there is no one there to cheer when you arrive. Marsha has forged a path for hundreds of Contemporary Christian Music artists and thousands of wounded Christians to find their way back to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I've ministered with her in four countries and watched her music and storytelling lighten hearts, open eyes, and spark recognition of the presence of God's Holy Spirit in people who thought they would never feel that spark again. Reading her story reminds me of the passion of those years of the Jesus Movement and the legacy that Jesus music left for us. I didn't meet Marsha until a few weeks after she came out as a lesbian Christian, but I knew of her music and recognized her the first time she walked into a church where I was preaching. I knew from that moment that the path would be smoother, the way more clear, and the truth more accessible to the LGBTQ community we were both committed to reaching. She paid the price before anybody else in the Christian music world and I will never forget it. And I knew without any doubt, as I told her that night, that she had come into the realm of God for just such a time as this.
About the Author
At just 16, Marsha Stevens-Pino (ten Marsha Carter) Carter shared her newly born-again Christianity with a song that will go on to become one of the most widely recognized and sung hymns in Christian circles, "For Those Tears I Died (Come to the Water)". This is just the beginning of a wonderful journey for the talented singer/songwriter. The journey is not halted by any of her tribulations including the animosity that was raised against her and her work when she publicly came out as a lesbian. She is recognized by the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music as the mother of the genre, upholding the values and beliefs of Christianity both as a solo artist and the lead of Children of the Day, the band considered as the genre's first music group. The Christian Century Magazine rightly calls her “a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, God-fearing lesbian Christian": she passionately and humbly works, producing records and touring widely to spread the holy and positively transforming Christian word of Love through her ministry of music and words.
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I'm not old enough to remember Children of the Day, but I first sang the song For Those Tears I Died at a Bible study when I was in high school in the early 80's. I remembered the song for years, but was flabbergasted many years later to hear that Marsha was a lesbian. I had recently come out and was still trying to figure things out. I saw her at a concert in Edmonton, Alberta, and knew it was possible to be me and still be a Christian.
So earlier tonight I saw Marsha's post on Facebook that this book had come out. I immediately went and bought it, started to read, and here I am four hours later trying to put words on the experience of reading it. I'm glad I read it on Kindle, because I could easily highlight meaningful passages that I probably wouldn't have in a hard copy. (I'm a nerd that way.) I played the music of hers I could find on Youtube while I was reading it.
I felt like I had read the story of a good friend when I was done. I hurt when I saw what she had been through, but she writes about it in a way that shows that she is a loving person who truly knows the God she follows. I had kind of quit thinking about her over the years, but God knew I needed this book right now. It's funny that the post even came through on my news feed. I guess it was just a God thing!
I have known Marsha for over 20 years and knew there was more to her story than I heard at her concerts. Her book tells more of her history and how each step of the way God was there. It is a story of hope, the hope that burns within her and why she has an answer for any who may still need to hear.
Marsha’s story tells of the history of Contemporary Christian music, but instead of feeling like a history lesson, it is more like a conversation with a trusted friend. She is called to share Jesus with the world. Yes, her life has held many forms of tears…but God has used those tears and given her a family in Christ…and tears of joy.
It will surprise you, and amaze you, but mostly give you hope no matter where you are on your own journey! Not to be missed!