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August 21, 2013

Author, 92, shares songs of praise

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As a singer since childhood, Redden still enjoys singing at the Rossville United Methodist Church.

In fact, many of the entries revolve around music. The middle of the book is filled with devotionals, with Redden’s thoughts at the top, followed by the spirit’s voice in italics.

For example, in one writing, she wonders how to “express God’s love to the unlovely and to share tender words with those who are prone to break with the pain of their failures.”

The spirit answers, in part: “Go forward in faith this day, for man needs a song; sing from your heart and those in the shadows will step out into your light.”

A ‘perfect’ life

In the beginning of the book, Redden talks about her “perfect” life as a wife and mother to three children. She married Lt. George Redden in 1941, and their 67-year marriage included 22 years of military service and life in two foreign countries. He died in 2008.

However, she made up nice-sounding stories about her past, worked to accumulate possessions and gave lip service at church. It wasn’t until she started attending a Bible study group that she realized how empty she was.

During the next several months, she suffered and cried, until the Lord “stripped away those masks and showed me myself. He put in my heart right away how much he loves me.”

The goal of the book is to reflect the love of God, she said, “and how he wants people to know he loves them. I love the Lord and I want to share him.”

She added, “The love of God is beyond description, and that’s what he wants you to know.”

Rosella Ray, owner of Raynbow Antiques in Rossville, one of Redden’s fans, said of the book, “I think it’s wonderful. A person could pick it up and read it at different times.”

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