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Finding Faith: Stories of Music and Life: Getting in Tune with God [Paperback]

Nick Baines
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15 Oct 2008
We live in a fast-paced, noisy world that seems to get more and more complex and uncertain with every passing year. It's hard to hear your inner voice and to stop and reflect on what life is all about. Where do we find our anchor? Nick Baines has always found that popular music has offered a rare haven in which it is possible to step back and look at what life is. Throughout his own long journey into faith, there has always been a great song that has helped, encouraged or provided space for reflection at the key moments. In this book, Nick draws on these songs and explores what being a Christian really means. How does it fit with the world in which we live?

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Andrew Press (15 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715208683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715208687
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 839,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Here is a book that manages to be lively and profound at the same time. It is honest, funny and challenging - one of those books that makes you remember why it's worthwhile being a Christian.' --Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

'To read this book is to travel with the best kind of tour guide. He points out the sights, explains their significance, and leaves you thinking not just about the places to which you have travelled but also those you have left behind. Nick's writing is at once warmly witty and hauntingly provocative. It sets the theological nerves jangling, the laughter muscle twitching...and the sound track's not bad either!' --Rev Richard Littledale

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Nick Hornby is the founding father of a certain kind of bloke, who likes football and music and is modest but honest about his emotional life.
Nicky Gumbel heads up the Alpha Course, the most successful Christian introduction around today.
If you crossed the two of them together, you'd get something like Nick Baines - he's a Bishop in the Church of England, but he's a child of the Sixties. He knows his Pauline letters, but he also knows which Van Morrison album he'd choose to take on a desert island.
And this is in a sense a Christian version of "31 Songs"31 Songs, Hornby's brilliant analysis of himself through the songs that have meant the most to him at different times of his life.
Baines grew up as a Christian of the more conservative sort and then has deconstructed and reconstructed himself as a a kind of open evangelical: he's rooted in the Bible (his own faith commitment stemmed from sitting and reading the Gospel of John straight through, aged 11) but he's tired of who's in-who's out, doctrinaire Christianity, and more focussed on the wider church and letting God speak to him rather than him speaking to God.
This book is a kind of illustration of his journey, taking in different songs along the way that speak to him, as well as different life experiences: growing up as an odd teenager, because he was a Christian and most others at school weren't, working in GCHQ during the Cold War and struggling with morality, calling to priesthood and a troubled period at theological college, marriage and children...
Now, I loved this book. But then I'm a prime target.
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