After over a year of writing, editing, proof reading and searching for a publisher, our first devotional will soon be released. I have learned from songwriting that the best, most effective songs are those which are written as we view our story through the lens of the Gospel. I have applied that same principle to this devotional, and as in the music, the whole family was involved.
I have formatted the after the way we do our own family devotions. Looking at a particular story and or a passage of scripture and then talking about what may have resonated with us.
Neither Lisa or I grew up in a home where corportate family devotions were the norm, so leading our family in scripture reading, discussion and prayer was something we had to learn how to do. I have enjoyed sharing my heart with my family and hearing from their hearts as well, discussions which may not have happened were it not for making a deliberate effort to have regular times of prayer and devotions.
My hope is that this devotional will help families and individuals alike draw closer to God and those around them, and feel a greater desire to serve others while living out their purpose.
I though I would close by sharing a few comments from a few of those who have read the transcript.
This devotional will challenge you...And that will lead to one thing ... A stronger family! By writing this devotional, Tom encourages us to love God and our families ... And to do it with scripture as our guide.” Tom is a friend of my parents, and they love what he and his family are all about ... I encourage all to ponder the thoughts that Tom has to offer.
—Mary Beth Chapman, author of Choosing to See
It’s been an honor to work alongside Tom and to call him my friend. It is so refreshing to see someone so courageously share his story and to see the way it fits within The Story that frames it. Tom has written with wisdom, humility, and most importantly, honesty. This book is a great guide to diving into your own history and finding where the seeds of redemption have been sown in it.
—Andrew Osenga, singer/songwriter, former member of Caedmon’s Call
This devotional book is very inspirational. Tom Frye has used real life situations to express Spiritual Truth in all 101 writings. These devotionals are a great way to be uplifted, convicted and challenged in our everyday Christian life and Walk. Jim Stewart, NewLife FM Griffin, Georgia
The Frye Family Band Under Indiana Lights
Do not be alarmed, gentle reader. You may see that Under Indiana Lights is a “family band” and have your head filled with images of Partridge Family buses and charming but less than professional instrumental performances recorded on a Tascam in what was formerly the sewing room. While I have no doubt that Tom Frye is a devoted family man and loves little more than playing music with his wife and kids onstage during local performances, when it came to recording his songs he hightailed it down to professional studios in Nashville, Tennessee. And who wouldn’t, if they counted among their friends such heavy-hitting Christian musicians as Andrew Peterson, Andy Osenga (formerly of Caedmon’s Call), Jeremy Casella, Matt Pierson and Phil Keaggy? So in this case “family band” means backing vocals. Nothing personal, kids – it even happened to Ringo Starr.
In an effort to make his lyrics more personal, Frye spent some time away, reflecting and writing and polishing and writing some more. The effort is evident because these songs shine like stars with broad, open melodies and solid hooks, all solidly based in a pure heartland Americana sound. The opening track, “Consume Me,” is an upbeat invitation to Jesus to take control of his life and use it for His glory, a song which could easily find a home in many churches with its endearing, singable chorus and cheery lyrics. “Where Is God?” asks the age-old question of why evil exists if God is good, although it’s difficult to think of bad things with such sweet background vocal harmonies. “The Greatest Gift” is a perfect glimpse of Christmas morning, capturing the eager excitement of this magical time through the eyes of a child and yet directing the meaning of the season back to The Child for which the holiday is named.
A number of the songs on Under Indiana Lights tell stories. One such gem is “Sarah Danced,” a song inspired by a family Frye met on tour whose daughter, Sarah, suffers from spina bifida and is dependant on her father to carry her around but dreams of the day when she’ll be able to dance with her Heavenly Father. Frye’s gift at unfolding a story will bring a tear of joy to your eye, and if that doesn’t do it there’s plenty of piano, acoustic guitars and real strings to coax the song to life. “Blue Silos” is about Tom’s childhood, staring out across the fields at some neighbors’ blue silos and wondering if life in that household was peaceful and warm instead of the broken, tension-filled home in which he lived. The joyous melody is a suitable companion to the events that happened when, as an adult, Frye visited that family and they welcomed him as one of their own. Songs like these are indicative of the album where his intent was to “reflect the pain of living in a fallen world” but revealing the “joy of recognizing the little glimpses of Heaven foreshadowed in everyday life.”
Under Indiana Lights is an album that should be in the collection of every fan of Andrew Peterson, Caedmon’s Call, Pierce Pettis, and Mark Heard. Frye is as gifted a storyteller as he is a songwriter, wrapping memorable tales and characters around impressive melodies and vocal harmonies. He didn’t need an army of Nashville’s finest to bring these songs to life, but that added extra touch of professionalism makes Under Indiana Lights an album you’ll return to time and again. (Jason Hoffman)
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