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Grace like a River: An Autobiography [Hardcover]

By Christopher Parkening (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.12"
Weight:   1.21 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414300468  
EAN  9781414300467  

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"Play it again," my father would say. "Play it again, seven times perfectly! If you're not one of the top four or five in the world, you'll starve with this instrument." And so, Christopher Parkening went to the top-celebrated by many as one of the world's preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For more than forty years, his concerts and recordings have received worldwide acclaim. Christopher's rare combination of dramatic virtuosity, eloquent musicianship, and uniquely beautiful sound has captivated audiences around the world. And if that weren't enough, he's also a world-class fly fisherman! This book details Christopher Parkening's rise to fame-and everything it cost him to get there. But in spite of his enormous success, he discovered that without true meaning and purpose, all his worldly accomplishments were empty and unsatisfying. Then one day, everything changed

Publishers Description
This book details Christopher Parkening's rise to fame as one of the world's preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar--and everything it cost him to get there. In spite of his enormous success, he discovered that without true meaning and purpose, all his worldly accomplishments were empty and unsatisfying. "Grace Like a River" is the story of a young man, filled with determination and drive, who was willing to sacrifice everything in order to achieve the highest level of excellence. It is also the story of how God pursued Christopher Parkening in order to give him eternal hope."Special limited-time value: CD of guitar selections by Mr. Parkening included in book."

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Inspiring and Insightful  Mar 15, 2007
"Grace Like a River" is a fantastic look into the life and thoughts of the world's greatest living classical guitarist. Parkening shares the highs and lows of concert performances, especially the intense pressure and grind of a performing schedule. (I had the honor of meeting him following a concert in the 70's, and he was gracious and friendly even after a long performance.)

The book moves from his early career to his "retirement", and then to his calling to again perform and share his great faith with the world. In this he has branched out from "just" a guitarist to a versatile performer. Anyone who hears his incredible work with Kathleen Battle on "Pleasures of Their Company" will know what I mean, especially their rendition of six traditional spirituals.

Interestingly, Parkening also describes his love for fishing (he's a world-class, tournament-winning fisherman), and relates the life lessons learned from this easy-to-do, hard-to-master sport.

This book is a great read. Get it.
Grace Like a River  Feb 21, 2007
This was an enjoyable book to read, brought insight into the sacrifices necessary to become a virtuoso guitar player. It also has a few good tips on fly fishing!
Parkening Book a Must Read  Jan 28, 2007
Christopher Parkening's new autobiography "Grace Like a River" is so good that I finished it in 2 days. Starting on a 100 dollar Goya guitar and working very hard as a boy he became one of the greatest guitarist alive. When he was 40 he retired, never to play again. God called him back to the guitar. Since then he's returned as a great concert guitarist and as a teacher at Pepperdine University. If you are a guitar player you should read this book!!! Bravo Chris
Discipline, Dedication, Commitment  Jan 4, 2007
Over New Years I could not put the book down. Read it in several days. Greatness does not happen by accident. It does take work (for Parkening one and a half hours before school and after), dedication and commitment. Parkening would certainly say that we can all be used of God, no matter the extent of our natural abilities, if we put ourselves in His hands, go to work, depend on Him, and see where He takes us. What a great book for anyone (Elementary students even) who wants to excel.
His God-centered worldview encourages readers  Nov 1, 2006
Parkening does an excellent job of retelling his life story: classical guitarist virtuoso, champion fly-fisherman, husband, father, and Christian in his new autobiography entitled Grace Like a River. The book describes Parkening's early days of practice and training to be a premier classical guitarist, mid-life filled with successes and emptiness, and finally, conversion to Christ and desire to play the guitar and live for the glory of God. As he recounts the major periods of his life, he weaves in delightful tales of his fly-fishing experiences at the end of each chapter. Finally, the book ends with Bible-saturated words of wisdom from Parkening as he deals with issues of life and theology. He poses a series of life questions one might ask and then answers them aptly from the Bible. The book also includes a music CD with a few selections of Parkening's guitar work.

Grace Like a River is a great read and especially informative for someone who is not familiar with classical music nor fly-fishing. Parkening's God-centered worldview, as well as his casual storytelling manner, is an encouragement throughout the pages of his autobiography. What a life the Lord has graced Parkening with and this work clearly points to the river of grace he has experienced. - Kelly Capranica, Christian Book

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