Sue Peters – Beautiful Brokenness - Catholic CD Review

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As I began to listen to Beautiful Brokenness, the debut CD by Sue Peters, I was impressed by the contemporary sounds she brings forth so well. I immediately thought that this CD and her style would be a perfect fit for youth ministry. The messages touch on our human weaknesses and the healing and forgiving love of our Father which ultimately ends in thanksgiving for graces received.

Her vocals are very compelling with a strong, driving accompaniment that pulls it all together. The lyrics are powerful in their simplicity; the perfect fit for communicating with teens. The messages are to the point and very singable. I can see a youth gathering where all of the teens are able to be an integral part of the music.

As I researched Sue I realized that her past experience included 5 years as a lead vocalist traveling with a contemporary Christian band. That explains her perfect interpretation of this genre. I was also intrigued by her testimony that brought her to Christianity at the age of 15 through a “date” where the “cute guy” took her to church. Although she didn’t stay with the “cute guy” it brought her to Jesus and as they say “the rest is history.” It’s exactly what we strive for in teen ministry to bring these young people to Jesus and to a deeper relationship with Him in their faith.

I am very impressed with Beautiful Brokenness and feel that we will hear more and more about Sue Peters in the years to come. She has the right sound for an eager audience.

You can purchase Beautiful Brokenness at www.suepetersmusic.com.

reviewed by Sally Bolderson

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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