Nordeman's Love Story
Bruce Von Stiers
Nichole Nordeman is a well-known Christian singer/songwriter. She has had several top selling albums, both domestically and internationally. In 2011, Nichole took on a project that went along with something that Christian publisher Zondervan was doing. They had a lengthy bible study program called The Story. Working with songwriter/ producer Bernie Herms Nichole wrote an entire album of songs based on the bible, a book by Randy Frazee and one by Max Lucado. That album was (music inspired by) The Story. The album featured noted artists like Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant and Mac Powell.
Following up on the theme of the album, Nichole wrote a book. The title of the book is Love Story. The subtitle for the book is The Hand That Holds Us from the Garden to the Gates. It was published by Worthy Publishing.
The introduction on the book's dust jacket tells the reader that it is a blended narrative. Nichole mixes a bit of her own life's narrative with discerning looks at some of the Bible's most interesting people. And that is exactly what you will find in the book. Nichole reflects, mostly humorously, on events and circumstances in her and her family's life. She also writes about things such as God making Abraham and Sarah's dream of having a child come true.
Nichole first tells of moving from the metro Dallas area to the smaller, yet still bustling city of Tulsa. I got a kick out of Nichole telling about her four year old seeing a clump of trees in a Dallas park and thinking it was a forest. It is reflections like that one that makes this an especially entertaining and endearing book.
But before Nichole even gets going, the book has a foreword by Al Andrews. He is a motivational speaker, writer and the director of Porter's Call, which is a counseling and support service for recording artists and their families. In his foreword, Al describes Nichole as a “delightful tour guide” who can meld the biblical and spiritual with everyday life.
Interspersed with Nichole's personal stories are scripture passages and lyrics from songs on the Music Inspired by the Word album.
In the book Nichole works her way through the stories of Joshua, Job, Esther, Ruth and Naomi and several other key characters in the bible.
Not only are most of Nichole's reflections humorous, some will really tug at your heartstrings and possibly have you shedding a tear or two. One particular reflection involves having her children, and then additionally, her children's classmates, making valentine's cards for the shut-ins in their Tulsa neighborhood. Nichole tells of the raw emotions she felt when reading some of the cards that the children had made. I felt myself kind of choking up when reading some of the sayings on the valentine's cards as Nichole shared them.
Max Lucado calls Nichole curious, creative and clever. I definitely agree. Not only is Nichole a terrific songwriter and singer, she is a top notch writer and storyteller.
If you are looking for an inspirational book to add to your reading list, then look no further than Love Story. The book is witty, yet sincere in its interpretation of biblical events and spirituality.
Love Story is available in hardback, paperback, as an e-book and also an audio-book. It can be found on amazon.com, iTunes and at various other online and traditional book retailers.
Check out the publisher's web site for further details on this and other books they offer at http://worthypublishing.com/
You might also want to check out Nichole Nordeman's official site at http://nicholenordeman.com/ and her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nicholenordemanonline
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