Posted by: Billy Marsh | March 20, 2008

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Andrew Peterson the Author

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness ~ Andrew PetersonFor anyone who is a faithful reader of this blog, it is no surprise that I am a major Andrew Peterson fan. For those of you who only drop by every and now and then, it won’t take long for you to find this out. One of the main purposes of this blog is to be a format for me to endorse and to promote music and books that are of high quality, creatively and theologically, that perhaps are not in the mainstream of Christian consumerism, and therefore, unfortunately go overlooked and neglected by the masses. This is a sad truth for Christians. If you listen to enough John Piper or read his books, you’ll eventually stumble across one of his famous cliche hermeneutical sayings which says, “If you rake, you get leaves; but if you dig, you get gold.” I believe this idea can be applied to how hard we search for rich Christian art, especially in terms of music and books. I could elaborate more on how this principle proves true by listing a few familiar case studies, but I would soon get cynical and that’s not the point of this post.

I write all of this to say that I’m here to promote a new Christian fiction book written by none other than Andrew Peterson. Yes, that’s right, he’s a Christian musician who’s putting his pen and paper to use for more than lyrics and chords. I have been given the opportunity through Peterson’s publisher, WaterBrook Press, to help publicize his new book. It is in the fantasy genre and is geared towards children, but much like C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series, it’s intended audience is not to the exclusion of adults. Perhaps the “children” aspect of it is nothing more than a consequence of Peterson’s quirkiness, not a judgment of his depth of insight and wisdom.

Book Summary and Author Bio

In the once-quiet land of Skree, Janner Igiby, little brother Tink, and crippled sister Leeli stumble upon lost jewels of the mysterious King of the Shining Isle Anniera. But Gnag the Nameless seeks the treasure for purely evil ends, so our brave trio, accompanied by their trusty dog Nugget and ex-pirate grandfather, must escape his minion Fangs. Singer-Songwriter Andrew Peterson spins a page-turner tale of redemption peppered with songs, poems, and hilarious asides that follow the Igibys through a fantastical world of wonders, complete with . . .

  • memorable characters like Brimney Stupe, Armulyn the Bard, and the soft-shoe dancing Peet the Sock Man
  • fanciful creatures: sea dragons who sing by the light of moon, spine-tingling toothy cows, snarling hounds, and mischievous flabbits
  • and dazzling places: from Books & Crannies Bookstore and Anklejelly Manor, to Fingfap Falls, and across the Ice Prairies . . . not to mention the Dark Sea of Darkness.

Sensory descriptions and characters rich in heart, courage, and smarts make this a tale children of all ages will cherish, the whole family can read aloud, and book groups will surely discuss for its overarching theme of hope with layers of meaning about the life’s tangle of the beautiful and the horrible, the temporal and the eternal, and good and bad.

Andrew Peterson is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist best known for his Dove Award-winning songs of the year, “Nothing to Say” and “Family Man.” A natural-born storyteller (being a preacher’s kid from the south), he wrote and produced the popular Christmas song collection, Behold the Lamb of God. He has recorded seven albums and tours every year. Andrew and his wife, Jamie, are the parents of two sons and a daughter and live in Nashville, Tennessee. His website is www.andrew-peterson.com.

  • Click here to purchase the book at the BooksChristian website.
  • Click here to purchase the book on Amazon.
  • Visit Peterson’s blog and website at The Rabbit Room.
  • Listen to Michael Card’s recent interview with Andrew Peterson where Peterson plays a few new songs from his forthcoming album Resurrection Letters on In the Studio with Michael Card.

WIN A FREE COPY OF On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness!!!

Submit as a comment to this post your own creative title for a children’s/adult fantasy book. The contest will be based off of the title, but in keeping with the fantasy genre, you may want to add the name of the world in which your story occurs such as: The Lord of the Rings – Middle-Earth; Prince Caspian – Narnia; On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness – Aerwiar. Creativity, originality, and catchiness will be the main criteria for judging. Yes, its subjective, but it will be fun to see what people can come up with. The window for submission will be March 20-27, 2008. On March 28, I will announce the winner on my blog and will send that person a free, brand-new copy of Peterson’s new book.

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Responses

  1. Billy,

    How about “BIG-ville: Its Much Better than Smallville”?

    Bret

  2. I think Ched and Zack would even be more fascinated with this one…

    25

    :-)

  3. “Always Summer Never the 4th of July” Is Aslan as good as he seems? :D TOTALLY kidding.


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