R607 Fall 2019 Breath of Heaven: The Music and Poetry of Amy Grant
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 22–Oct. 29
Instructor: Steven Goldman
Amy Grant is well known as a gospel and popular music singer. But she is also one of the most important Christian poets of our time. She addresses complex and sensitive subjects with elegant prose in music that can be powerful, haunting, and often sublime. We will explore the ways Amy Grant provides insights and challenging answers to questions that religious communities and other seekers have grappled with for ages. One need not be a Christian to appreciate much of her diverse work, composed over many decades. We will also examine compositions by other poets that were made famous by Amy Grant’s musical interpretations. The instructor will introduce each composition, to be followed by active class discussion. Topics include:
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- Mysticism encountering the divine in daily life.
- Overcoming low self-esteem without becoming self-important.
- Seeking the light in every person through grace and humility.
- Navigating pain and suffering.