Marsha Hansen, a former Naval Officer turned educator, is the author of Finding God in the Shadows: Stories From the Battlefield of Life and My Soul is a Witness: The Message of the Spirituals in Word and Song. In her efforts to mine the rich legacy of African American Spirituals, she asked her brother-in-law, Keith Richards, to join her as her accompanist and arranger on several songs that are featured on the CD which is included in the book, My Soul is A Witness. Richards' distinctive style is apparent in their renditions of both familiar and lesser known spirituals.
In Finding God in the Shadows, Marsha Hansen paired up with veteran author, Peter Huchthausen to examine issues of faith and ethics through the experiences of people whose lives have been touched by crises, particularly during times of war. Peter Huchthausen's previous books include Hostile Waters, K-19 The Widowmaker, and October Fury.
I am strongly influenced by my mother and by my father in terms of ethics and intellectual interests. I enjoy the works of a wide range of authors from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, and Frederick Douglass, to James Norton Hall, Alexander McCall-Smith, Madeleine L'Engle, and Gerald Schroeder. Musically, I love a range of voices from Jessye Norman to Norah Jones, and listen to almost everything from Handel to the Rolling Stones. I am very much interested in the Harlem Renaissance artists and writers, and am still shaped by my rural upbringing and the social energies generated in the late 50's through the 1960's.
Augsburg Fortress Hansen-McMenamy
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