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 Previews.com
“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.