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Singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has been called a contemporary psalmist because he helps listeners see the world in new ways. Brian Walsh agrees. In Kicking at the Darkness, he points out many of the spiritual themes in Cockburn’s music and, over the course of the book, goes into Cockburn’s work in great depth. Walsh’s writing is clear and his analysis of the music is thoughtful and helpful. Walsh is the first to point out that his interpretations of these songs are not definitive—he prefers to say that he is having a playful dialogue with Cockburn’s body of work. Sometimes Walsh’s reflections are academic; other times they are deeply personal. They show us that not only has Walsh done his homework; he also has a deep emotional connection to the music. This book will be much appreciated by both casual and serious fans of Cockburn. (Brazos)

About the Author

Robert J. Keeley is professor of education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.