Friday, June 27, 2008

Spotlight on Kyla Rowland.....Author & Songwriter

Several of my blogger friends have lately written posts about some of the good books they have read so I thought I would do the same today. Last Christmas my youngest son gave me a set of four books written by Kyla Rowland. I have never yet had the privilege of meeting her but after reading her books I feel as if I know her already. She not only writes books but also songs.

Although at the time I didn't know who had written it, Kyla's song "He Will Roll You Over the Tide" was a great comfort to me in a time of great distress in 1980 ......the 'natural'birth of our youngest son.....the same one who gave me these books for a Christmas present.

When our family was going through some tough times her song "One Scarred Hand" sung by Gold City encouraged me and helped me over the rocks in the road. The McKamey's singing Kyla's "A Wall of Prayer" was like a fortress to me when our older son was serving in Iraq. I loved the songs but never really knew who the songwriter was. Isn't that the way it happens sometimes? The one who writes the lyrics sometimes gets overlooked.

I'm not sure when it happened but when I found out that a woman named Kyla Rowland had written some of my favorite songs I wanted to find out more about her. And what I have found out through reading these books of hers has been wonderful. She is truly a servant of God.

Her book "Long Journey" tells the story behind each of her forty-three songs. And what stories she has to tell. Some funny. Some sad. Some gut-wrenching. But all about the goodness and glory and redemptive hand of God!

"Girl Talk" explains itself! It's a must read for all girls/women!

"Everyday Life" is an audio CD book. It's great to take with you in the car or maybe do as I do and listen to it with your earbuds at night when you can't go to sleep. Kyla's soothing voice talking about the "God lessons" learned through everyday things helps relax me so that I can go to sleep and get that rest I need.

You may have noticed that there are only three books in the picture I took a few minutes ago in my kitchen. The reason is because I have loaned out the fourth book,"Between Me and the Storm" , to a friend. When one friend brings it back I loan it to another one. They all tell me that they laughed and cried and rejoiced while reading this book. It's the story of Kyla's mother and it's truly a wonderful book!

Kyla also speaks at ladies meetings/retreats all over the country. Check out her schedule here to see if she will be near you anytime soon.

I will be sharing more favorite books with you in the future.

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
Psalm 100

May God bless you as you walk with Him!



De'on Miller said...

She sounds awesome. I'll have to check her out.

Thanks for sharing and look forward to more.

Deborah said...

I'm going to have to find the book, 'Long Journey,' I love reading the story behind a song.