Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Andrew Peterson is not only a Dove Award nominated musician, but also an award winning author. His music is described as Christian rock, folk, and country gospel. Peterson has recorded more than fifteen albums, including After All These Years, which was nominated for a 2015 Dove Award.
Best known for his songs “Nothing to Say,” “The Silence of God,” “The Good Confession” and “Dancing in the Minefields”—a pseudo-love song for his wife, Peterson will be performing for Family Worship at College View Church on Friday, September 2, as a part of his Behold the Lamb of God tour.
“Who do I want to be?” Peterson asked himself in a 2015 interview with the Gospel Coalition, describing his musical process and what inspires him. “I want to be the kind of person who has a ruthless trust in his King. I can imagine my future self telling me to be patient that God who began a good work in me will bring it to completion. Sometimes writing these songs gives me a picture of what the Lord is up to even when I can’t feel it.”
Published in 2008 as the first in his children’s fantasy series the Wingfeather Saga, Peterson’s book, The Warden and the Wolf King, won the 2014 Blogger Award for Best Author. The second book, North! Or be Eaten won the 2010 Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction. The series, often compared to the Chronicles of Narnia, also won the Clive Staples Award for fiction and was named the 2014 Children’s Book of the Year by World Magazine.
Peterson founded the Rabbit Room in 2008 to foster a “Christ-centered community and spiritual formation through music, story, and art.” Peterson came up with the idea after returning home from a trip to C.S. Lewis’s home in Oxford, England. The name, Rabbit Room, was taken from the back room of a pub where Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, and Charles Williams, a British poet, would converse to share stories, eventually creating the Inklings Society. The Rabbit Room began as a blog for an amalgamation of authors, musicians, and artists to share their work, but has since grown to a large contributing society.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on September 2 in the sanctuary of the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church is located at 48th and Prescott on the campus of Union College. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.
By Elizabeth Bearden, student writer