I get two record two episodes of The Voices In My Head Podcast this week.
On Monday I chat with David Morrell and on Thursday I welcome Matt Litton back to the show.
About David Morrell:
David Morrell is the critically author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl). An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing, discusses what he has learned in his more than four decades as an author. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
About Matt Litton:
Matt Litton is an author, editorialist, ghostwriter and editor. A former “award-winning” educator, he has written about faith, culture, books and sports for numerous publications including: The Dallas Morning News, The Huffington Post, CNN.com Religion Blog, Christianity Today, Catalyst Leader, Busted Halo and Relevant.com. Matt assists authors with content development, ghostwriting and editing for books, blogs, and magazine articles. He also helps organizations create engaging teaching or coaching materials.
Matt has a passion for writing stories. He enjoys helping authors, organizations and ministries craft narratives that effectively communicate the message of their own lives and missions in more potent and lasting ways. He fundamentally believes that powerful stories can change lives and affect positive and enduring change in our world.
Matt is author of several of his own books including: Dream Again by Isaiah Austin (with Matt Litton), The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives Through the Power of Story, and Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy.
Since I close chapter three of the book by talking about St. Patrick I wanted to share the entire chapter as a celebration of his life and legacy. I hope you enjoy it. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com at this link.
Simply click on the picture below to read Chapter 3 – St. Patrick and Psalm 42
“Rick Lee James has accomplished what I have been trying to do for decades; bring together the thoughtful reader with the discerning listener. He has written an important introduction to the Psalter which opens the door to his own musical interpretations.”
Award Winning Singer, Songwriter, & Author
“The Psalms take up more real estate in the Bible than any other book. This ancient Jewish hymnal is an anthology of lyrics for one hundred and fifty songs. These God-obsessed poems are not to be blithely read, but prayed, or better yet chanted and sung. To properly approach the Psalms we need to abandon the didactic and embrace the poetic, but this does not come naturally for everyone. What we need is the artistic sensibilities of a songwriter to guide us. This is precisely what Rick Lee James brings to the Psalms in his wonderful book Out Of The Depths. As a pastor/songwriter/musician Rick Lee James is uniquely suited to introduce us to the Psalms and help us see how these three thousand year old songs speak to the whole range of human experience in the light of brutal honesty and radical trust in God. I highly recommend Out Of The Depths!”
Pastor of Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri & Author of A Farewell To Mars (2014)
“My friend, Rick Lee James, reminded me that Christian art can still be thoughtful and profound in his beautiful record “Basement Psalms Live.” In this companion book, Rick brings the depth of his attentive songwriting to life by highlighting the intention, the community, and the reverence that the Biblical Psalms have demanded from people of faith since their inception. Most important, Rick’s writing expounds on the deep sense of hope and joy that is the palatable foundation of his music. I highly recommend this book.”
Author of Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road To Joy, Educator, & Speaker
“Part memoir, part biblical commentary, part album liner notes, Out of the Depths is a unique and refreshing exploration of the Psalms. Rick Lee James offers a compelling, insightful overview both of the theological contributions of the Psalms but also their inspiration for his own musical pursuits. The result is a soul-enriching journey through the highs, lows, joys and laments of the Christian life.”
Author of Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty
Rick Lee James’ insight into the Psalms is refreshing! His love of songs and worship find thought-provoking expression in this truly inspirational book!
This week one of my favorite authors, Matt Litton, joins me in a tribute to one of my other favorite author’s, Brennan Manning. Richard Francis Xavier Manning, better known to legions of faithful readers as author, speaker, and contemplative Brennan Manning, for whom grace was irresistible, completed his earthly journey on Friday, April 12 at 12:10AM. He is now resting safely in the arms of his Abba.
Matt Litton is a writer, educator, and speaker. He completed his undergraduate work in English and Religious Studiesand holds a Master of Arts in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has written about faith and culture for numerous national publications including Christianity Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Huffington Post, CNN.com Religion Blog, Relevant.comand is author of The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives Through the Power of Story and Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy (Sept 12 Release).