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The Singer: A Classic Retelling of the…

The Singer: A Classic Retelling of the Cosmic Conflict (original 1976; edition 2001)

by Calvin Miller

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Title:The Singer: A Classic Retelling of the Cosmic Conflict
Authors:Calvin Miller
Info:IVP Books (2001), Edition: Anv, Paperback, 151 pages
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The Singer by Calvin Miller (1976)



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The fist time that I read this book as a preteen, I read it in a couple of hours. From that moment, I was hooked. This book I highly, highly recommend. It, as the trilogy subtitle reads, is "a retelling of the story of the New Testament." I have pretty much memorized this story. It is written in a poem-style format, but for the most part doesn't rhyme. It tells the story of how the Singer travels down to the world he made, and delivers it from the clutches of the World Hater. ( )
  MortimerFolchart | Jul 3, 2012 |
The Singer, part of The Singer Trilogy, is a lyrical look at the Christian life. The first volume is part Pilgrim's Progress, part Biblical Gospels, retelling the life of Christ, and coming to Christ, through poetic prose.

This book (and the series by extension), while a unique take on the Christian beliefs, will not really appeal to those who don't already have some level of interest in Christian Fantasy. It will not meet your expectations if you liken it to Narnia or Lord of the Rings, as the Singer is more explicitly founded in Christianity than its predecessors. ( )
  aethercowboy | Dec 2, 2009 |
A gorgeous, lyrical allegory of the narrative of Christ. Miller's trilogy may not represent an entirely orthodox interpretation of the scripture, but it is a must-read for anyone who finds great spirituality in music, because "The Singer" is a love note not only to Jesus but also to the power of song.
  brij2cros | Feb 9, 2008 |
This is an allegorical take on the story of Christ. Aside from the dangerously patchy theology that is rather disturbing to Bible-believing Christians (such as the Singer (Christ) not knowing why he was born into the world and suffering doubt about who he really was), I enjoyed the parable-like feel of the narrative. Some of the quotes try a little too hard to be poetic and memorable... cheap contradictions of themselves in an artsy font, very big. Some are good but others are just too transparent in their quest to be truly profound. And nothing kills profundity like trying for it.

The illustrations on the cover and the black and white drawings on the inside pages are very fantasy-oriented and beautiful. I think this would be a good book to borrow before you buy, to see if it's really your cup of tea. ( )
2 vote atimco | Jul 27, 2007 |
This is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ -- in terms sometimes so transparent as hardly to merit the term "allegorical" -- which casts a fresh light on the story by setting aside the baggage of traditional church language and over-familiar biblical imagery. Though poetic in tone, and printed in short lines, most of it is actually in prose, except for a couple of sections in rhyming verse. The blurb on the back says "a narrative in the tradition of C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien", but that's just the publisher's attempt to grab some readers. The relevant comparisons are with modern parable-writing such as Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet or Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. MB 26-vi-2007 ( )
1 vote MyopicBookworm | Jun 26, 2007 |
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Calvin Miller retells the story of Christ in this heartwarming allegorical poem.

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