Shadowlands and Songs of Light
Publication Date: November 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6.5 × 4.5 (inches)
When life seemed the darkest, something surprising happened. While exploring eighteen C. S. Lewis books and thirteen U2 albums, he experienced tremendous “stabs of joy”—the unusual heaven-birthed joy that Lewis wrote about—in the midst of grief. This revelation not only pulled Kevin out of depression, it forever changed the way he experienced the love and joy of Christ.
In Shadowlands and Songs of Light, you will:
- Learn fascinating details about C. S. Lewis, discover his unique definition of joy, understand how to apply his revelations about joy to suffering, and learn to recognize and cooperate with God’s strategic use of joy.
- Enjoy a grand tour of U2’s discography, with a special emphasis on their exploration of joy and suffering.
- Clearly understand, from the perspective of music theory explained in common terms, why the music of U2 is so emotionally powerful and how it serves as a perfect analogy for Lewis’s concepts of joy and the Christian ability to rejoice in suffering.
- Find inspiration from the personal stories of U2, especially the tragedies that engulfed their youth in Dublin, and see how they worked through that grief and discovered a joy that has kept the band together for over thirty-five years.
KEVIN OTT is a regular contributor to Vital Magazine and a lifelong fan of C. S. Lewis and U2. His articles about music have been recognized by world-class institutions, leading voices in the U2 scholarly community, and AtU2.com—the most prominent U2 fan site in the world. He has been a worship leader for fourteen years and has given presentations about the Bible, U2, and C. S. Lewis all over the world. Kevin lives in Carpinteria, California, with his wife and daughter.