For over twenty-five years Steve Bell and Jamie Howison have shared a friendship rooted in their common love of words, music, and the stuff of faith. Combining Bell’ lyrics and songwriter’s anecdotes with Howison’s pastoral and theological reflections on the psalms on which these songs are based, I Will Not Be Shaken is a unique expression of a creative and lasting friendship.
PRAISE FOR I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN
Bell’s and Howison’s journey through the Psalms is deeply edifying and not to be missed. Not only is Bell’s Psalms Collection CD a treasure but so is his and Howison’s writing. They are a gift to the Christian church as it learns to re-inhabit its ancient prayerbook.
— Rev’d Christopher Holmes, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, New Zealand
Jamie Howison’s tone is wonderfully conversational, gently firm, close to daily trials as well as breathing the psalms themselves. The whole combination of brief, pointed meditations and references to Steve’s song-writing has a lively in-touch-with-life, genuine bluegrass feel to it.
— Calvin Seerveld, Professor Emeritus, The Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto
The musical craftsmanship on this Psalms Collection is astoundingly diverse, yet totally appropriate to each psalm. This is the perfect way truly to HEAR the Psalms — with scholarship and music, with mind and heart, with intelligence and emotion, with our whole unified soul!
— Marva Dawn, theologian, speaker, and author of several books on psalms
To hold in my hands such mature and ripened fruit from this creative and pastoral partnership is great gift indeed. The tears well up quickly. In this timely and deeply needed project Jamie & Steve open our hearts to face what it means to be complex emotional humans on a spiritual journey.
— Brian Doerksen, JUNO award winning recording artist‚ professor at Prairie College
What an enjoyable experience! This book is a window into a three-way conversation; the formal tone of the Coverdale translation, Jamie Howison’s hospitable way of orienting us to the big picture and Steve Bell’s open-hearted storytelling. All the while, the songs play on in the background, renewed and enlivened by the exchange.
— Kalyn Falk, Spiritual Director and author of I Am Here: Six Postures of Prayer
A rich, undiluted collaboration between two faith-filled servants: a priest with a scholarly mind and contemplative spirit, and a masterful songwriter with a pastor’s soul. I Will Not Be Shaken is a “behind the scenes” look at some of Bell’s much-loved songs and the ancient psalms that inspired them, a book that orients readers towards worship and cultivates wisdom, faithfulness, patience, and hope in God’s unending love.
— Kurt Armstrong, author of Why Love Will Always be a Poor Investment
1. Psalm 90
2. Shepherd of Life (Psalm 23)
3. The Lord Has Done Great Things (Psalm 126)
4. As Long as the Sun (Psalm 72 & 131)
5. How Long (Psalm 13)
6. Psalm 40
7. I Will Not Be Shaken (Psalm 16)
8. Psalm 32
9. Remember Me (Psalm 25)
10. God Our Protector (Psalm 84)
11. High Above the Fray (Psalm 113
12. Fresh and Green (Psalm 92)
13. Jesus My Glory (Psalm 3)
14. Pleasing to You (Psalm 19)
15. Oh Love (Psalm 8 / Hebrews 1)
16. Psalm 116
17. Postscript (Psalm 70:1)