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Week of October 16, 2006
Christian musician looks at bright side
But Carolyn Arends' new CD struggles to look at life's dark side
By BILL GLEN
"We forget how desperately we need God."
- Carolyn Arends
Arends has received numerous awards for her music, including two Juno nominations. She was recognized as the 2002 West Coast Music Awards' Songwriter of the Year for her CD Travelers.
She has written two critically acclaimed books - Living the Questions and We've Been Waiting for You - about moments of reflection and her experiences as a mother of two children.
"The books reveal opportunities in my life to experience spiritual reflection. There were moments to experience God in some way, particularly expanding my vision of him."
Arends is currently travelling across Canada with her Something 2 Give tour. The two-hour show of mainly acoustic pop music will be in Edmonton Nov. 4 for a performance at the Evangel Pentecostal Assembly, 4461-50 St.
The tour works in conjunction with Compassion Canada, to help children in El Salvador. The focus is advocating for underprivileged children by encouraging sponsorship.
Following a recent visit to the Central American country, Arends felt compelled to help.
"The last few years, my husband and I have become aware of just how fortunate we are in the West. It is mind boggling how much we have to give our neighbours all over the world. That perspective has led to more of a desire to try and bring about social justice," she said.
Arends believes hope can always be found in the "cracks and fissures." It's just a matter of turning on the light in the attic.
"I believe a relationship with God gives you hope. Sometimes we take our blessings and turn them into curses. We become dependent on things that prop up our lives, like our professions or income. We forget how desperately we need God," she said.
"It has to be stripped away to feel a little bit broken. Then we find more genuine hope and foundation for our lives."
Tickets to her Nov. 4 concert are available by calling 780-468-4714 or 1-866-953-1833.
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