One of the most peaceful, memorable moments of a very busy business week at the International Christian Retailers Show in Orlando last month was hearing a song by recording artist Cynthia Morgan about what we’re meant for.
We are meant to fly.
Cynthia, married to a good friend and fellow author Sigmund Brouwer, wrote the song to capture in music the theme of Sigmund’s new book, Broken Angel, which I am happy to say I began to devour on the flight home.
The song, Beautiful Bird, is hauntingly lovely, the words powerful enough to transcend the confines of just one book, and it dovetails in amazing ways with the gritty reality of this futuristic story. Sigmund is a master storyteller and speculative fiction is definitely his creative niche. The prose is tight, tenacious, and tender – all at the same time.
Can you imagine the world – our world – on a different axis? Spinning to a tune you don’t quite recognize? Where God is there but not there? Where you feel fettered to the ground and stripped of nearly every hope? Not a pretty picture, that. Sigmund painted such a world in the pages of Broken Angel and I admit, I had to turn away a few times. A world where beauty and peace have been squashed into distortion isn’t a pretty one. The sad reality is, this book is a quiet compass pointing to the lives of thousands of people who – at this very moment in our very real world – live under the thumb of every kind of oppression.
You can almost feel the nubs of wings itching under your skin as you read. You want to escape a world like that. You want to rise above it. You know you were meant to.
A great read, Edglings. One to make you ponder.
An excerpt awaits you. . .
Have a beautiful, unfettered weekend.