Tuesday, August 24, 2010
More Precious Than Silver by Lynn Deshanzo
It is not Deshazo’s love of music that makes More Precious Than Silver so remarkable. Although her talent is indisputable.
It’s not her gift for communicating through music that the reader finds buried within the pages. Although her gift for exposing her true love-Jesus Christ-comes through as loud and clear through her “stories behind the songs” as does any of her songs.
I was primed and ready to read how the writer came to the conclusion of words that were penned as I began consuming More Precious Than Silver. It was impossible to just skim over the anecdotes. She weaved a tale of cleverness and sometimes surprise as she revealed how many of her songs were born. Any music lover would appreciate her honest revelations and gain a deeper admiration for her songs after reading More Precious Than Silver. To say that is the heart of the book would be deceiving, though. To label her a songwriter only pigeon-holds her ministry that is better described as a ministry of communication.
Within the stories and anecdotes and revelations lies a truth even deeper than what Deshazo writes. She gets it! Not driven by religious doctrines or preconceived notions, Deshazo beautifully orchestrates the unveiling of lessons she’s learned along her spiritual journey, and proves she knows how to apply the abstract meanings to her every day life. I was in awe as she artistically described how unforgiveness and transference go hand in hand. I had to stop, meditate and admit that hey, I’ve done it, too. “Whatever you do not forgive, you will either become or transfer to others”.
Deshazo discusses fear and anxiety, laying her Isaac (her guitar) on the alter and her trip to Israel post 9/11 and what that taught her about the walls and gates we erect in our own lives. Her music is a symptom of a greater good-she loves Jesus and he freely shares his deepest secrets with her, knowing she will freely share with her audience. I consider Deshazo so much more than a great writer-she encapsulates the word mentor.
More Precious Than Silver encompasses the world of a gifted singer, songwriter and author. She bares her spiritual journey in the most creative, most communicative fashion possible-through More Precious Than Silver. When you hear her songs, you will understand better that the writer is consumed not with penning a great worship song, but rather in communicating a spiritual truth. It’s not always heartbreak and not always joy that stirs the soul. Sometimes it’s the awakening of a soul that most adequately awakens another.
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Winepress Publishing (May 31, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches