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Posts tagged "The Innocence Mission"
Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

I have been listening to Denison Witmer since I discovered his Safe Away album in 2001, which was a very lonely year for me. I was in graduate school, girlfriendless, and vocationally clueless. I soothed myself by listening to Safe Away and a few other albums I mention here in my essay, “The Flowering Dark,“...
Everyday Transformations: Interview with Katherine Willis Pershey + Book Giveaway

Everyday Transformations: Interview with Katherine Willis Pershey + Book Giveaway

IN THE BEGINNING I first came across author / pastor / mother / wife Katherine Willis Pershey on the Innocence Mission’s Facebook page at the end of February, shortly before my first of two Lenten essays about the band were published via IMAGE Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog.  It’s hard not to notice someone who wears...
Book Review: Katherine Willis Pershey's "Any Day a Beautiful Change"

Book Review: Katherine Willis Pershey’s “Any Day a Beautiful Change”

The best memoirs seem to spring from the fingers of writers who have an excess of something-or-rather in their lives. This excess begs to overflow the confines of their hearts and minds, and spills onto blank pages in the form of words that feel undeniably alive. Anne Lamott, in writing the transcendent Traveling Mercies, overflowed with rugged...
IMAGE Essay: "The Disrobing Trees" + The Radiohead/Plato Paper I Mention Therein

IMAGE Essay: “The Disrobing Trees” + The Radiohead/Plato Paper I Mention Therein

The Disrobing Trees Today on IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” blog, you can read my latest essay, “The Disrobing Trees.” In the essay, I briefly allude to a paper I wrote in graduate school while sitting in front of a window that allowed me to observe a tree undergo its annual autumnal transformation. Below—for better or...
The Innocence Mission: IMAGE Essay + the VHS Tape We Sent the Band

The Innocence Mission: IMAGE Essay + the VHS Tape We Sent the Band

My latest essay, “The Flowering Dark,” is now available to read on IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” blog. Read it here.  The essay looks at Lent through the lens of the Innocence Mission’s Birds of My Neighborhood LP, or at least how this record impacted a solemn season of my own life. At the end of...
40 Days of Lent with Don and Karen Peris: The Innocence Mission and I

40 Days of Lent with Don and Karen Peris: The Innocence Mission and I

I grew up in the Southern Baptist church, where traditions such as Lent are wholly absent. As a child (and perhaps as an adult, too), whenever I heard Catholics mention Lent, I immediately thought of bellybutton lint or dryer lint. It certainly did not prompt much in the way of spiritual contemplation. When I was...
I Met My Wife Because I Made a Christmas Record: Download the LP for FREE

I Met My Wife Because I Made a Christmas Record: Download the LP for FREE

In the summer of 2004, my friends Matt and Rebecca Fillingham gave me a copy of a Christmas album they made together as husband and wife. Being perpetually nine-years-old in my mind, my 25-year-old self listened to it and instantly replied, “I want to make a Christmas record, too!” That fall, beginning in early October,...
"Like Friends Becoming Lovers" b/w "All Her Colors" (Virtual 7") FREE MP3s

“Like Friends Becoming Lovers” b/w “All Her Colors” (Virtual 7″) FREE MP3s

Here are two more songs from the vault. Enjoy the free MP3s. Sleeve art by Chad Thomas Johnston. Drawn during a (you guessed it) meeting at work. “Like Friends Becoming Lovers” – Written and performed by Chad Thomas Johnston. Produced by Matt Fillingham. Like Friends Becoming Lovers by Saint_Upid “All Her Colors” – Lyrics by...