The Beautiful Not Yet (A Review of Carrie Newcomer’s Latest Book and CD Album)

carrie-newcomer-tbny_-albumpage   Recently author and song writer Carrie Newcomer released a new book filled with poems, prayers, speeches, and lyrics from her latest album “the Beautiful Not Yet.”  Newcomer’s work could not have come at a better time in my life.

Recently, I have been going through a significantly painful transition.  I’ve had to leave a job and way of life that I’ve loved being part of for the past 3 years in order to embrace the unknown.  With no knowledge of what’s next it’s easy to become discouraged, discontent, and depressed.  Listening to and reading Newcomer’s work has been a breath of fresh-air and allowed me to shift my focus.

Newcomer whose spirituality deeply encompasses the Quaker values of peace, solitude, and simplicity, offers loving, honest reminders of God being present in the secular and the sacred, the marvelous and the mundane.  Her writings portray an honest sensitivity and deep emotional connection with her readers as she ventures into issues of aging, ill-health, and transition.  We joyfully join her in her gardening metaphors and marvel at her artistic grace in explaining painful daily realities.  Newcomer sings with a rich, strong acoustic-jazzy voice with poignant lyrics and smooth vocal energy.  Her work is profound not only as poetry but as prayerful artwork – a tapestry of taize, a dance of delight.

I was given a complimentary copy of Carrie Newcomer’s work with no obligation to write a review (whether positive or negative) about her work.  Yet, I can honestly say that this CD is one of the few where I listened to it multiple times, pausing and rewinding just to get the full feel of her words.  I hope you will also consider getting a copy for yourself and seeing the wonders that this album can bring to your heart and the strength it can bring to a weary soul.

For more information about how you can get a hold of Newcomer’s materials please visit: http://www.carrienewcomer.com/

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