Lessons from a Troubadour: A Lifetime of Parables, Prose, and Stories
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Master singer-storyteller John Michael Talbot’s concert meditations—heard and appreciated by millions of concert-goers over the last half-century—are now available in this unique volume. This collection of parables and stories reveals Talbot’s mystical, monastic heart and gives him an opportunity to present the Christian faith in holy and ordinary language.
As John Michael Talbot’s music became more popular over the years, he began to immerse himself in the teachings of the contemplatives, mystics, and monastic fathers and mothers of the Christian tradition. In time he began to share some of that teaching with his audiences between songs during concerts and during retreats, parish missions, and diocesan conventions. While on stage, this Grammy-winning contemporary Christian music pioneer is known as much for his stories between songs as he is for his playing and singing.
Fans of Talbot—the founder and spiritual father of an integrated monastic community—will savor his wise reflections on the mystery of the Trinity, the intimate love of Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount as the heart of Christian teaching, and the need to find what he calls our own “inner room” for prayer and contemplation.
Lessons from a Troubadour gathers this material into book form for the first time. Talbot’s words open an important window into understanding the Catholic faith. Both inspiring and practical, you’ll find ways to apply it to your daily life as well.
"Meditate on these pages and you’ll learn where the beautiful songs came from."
"Meditate on these pages and you’ll learn where the beautiful songs came from. They came from a full life—John Michael Talbot's—and they came from the spiritual realities he’s pursued with a singular passion. His melodies have been with me for decades. These pages have the same staying power."
Author ofA History of the Church in 100 Objects
"A rich exploration of the breadth and depth of Catholic Spiritual tradition."
"Lessons from a Troubadour offers a rich exploration of the breadth and depth of Catholic Spiritual tradition. John Michael Talbot, sharing from his own conversion story and the sources of inspiration for his music and preaching, helps us see how Catholic spirituality can shape the daily lives of people who seek to follow Jesus more closely."
Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington
"Almost a spiritual tell-all."
"John Michael Talbot is one of Christian music’s most well-known artists, and a man who has given everything he has to follow Jesus the Lord. Though he has written nearly forty books, Lessons from a Troubadour stands out from all the rest. Almost journal-like, these parables, prose, and stories are folksy, deep, revelatory, and vetted from millions of miles of road ministry. I have toured with John Michael, shared meals, and asked him many questions about life, faith, and music. But now I know he was holding back! From the crazy pancake breakfast that inspired the magnificent song “Holy is His Name,” to his thoughts on the landmark recordings The Lord’s Supper and the Painter, this book is almost a spiritual tell-all. Yet the final section moves way beyond music and theological reflection as John Michael opens his heart in a deep and personal way and offers both his successes and perceived failings as a source of inspiration and challenge for those who want to follow Jesus into deeper waters of faith."
Composer and artist, speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual director
"You will be inspired."
"To understand theological truths is great, but to see theological truths in everyday life is transforming. When the mundane becomes an adventure you know that God is with you. You will be inspired by John Michael’s observations and insights as he has not only been walking with the Lord for a long time, but seeing things we often miss."
Founder of The Great Adventure Bible Study
"Inspires us to search for God in our own lives."
"John Michael Talbot shares his spiritual path with the special touch of a musician. In Lessons from a Troubadour, readers’ hearts will sing as they participate in his rich experiences and learn the basics of the Christian spiritual life. Here, John Michael enriches and inspires us to search for God in our own lives, to find that God is present in many ways, and to realize that we must just be open to discover his love for us."
Abbott Primate Emeritus Notker Wolf, O.S.B.
Guitarist with the Christian rock band Feedback
"One of the great Catholic voices of our times."
"Almost every morning on the way to work I listen to John Michael Talbot. He is one of the great Catholic voices of our times—not just as a musician but also through his speeches and writings. I highly encourage you to seek him out and engage him to inspire your parish or group."
Founder of Dynamic Catholic
"An inspiration to all who hear him."
"John Michael Talbot has put his deep love for the Lord and his extraordinary musical talent at the service of the Church. His dedication to Christ will be an inspiration to all who hear him."
Most Rev. Peter Sartain
Archbishop of Seattle