Sigh of the Soul

Songs for Prayer and Meditation

Sigh of the SoulIn 1994 Pilgrims Rest Retreat Center published “Songs of Prayer,” a collection of refrains and hymns by Thomas B. Turner for prayer groups, retreats and congregational worship. The songs grew out of his experience of praying the Psalms daily with a small group during a time of recovery from depression.

Tom asked Lynda Poston-Smith to arrange and record these songs to be used as a resource for prayer and meditation. Sigh of the Soul is the result of this collaboration. Simple, profound and contemplative, they are an invitation to rest in God’s presence.

Lynda’s arrangements and interpretation of the songs reveal both the suffering and joy expressed by “sighs too deep for words.” The selections are scored for harp, flute, keyboard, oboe and english horn.

Seldom does one hear the simplicity of style and clarity and purity of vocal sound matched as perfectly as in Sigh of the Soul. Lynda Poston-Smith and Thomas Turner, accompanied magically by superb instrumentalists create a mood of sincere devotion. It would be hard not to find peace in these offerings, no matter how much one feels overwhelmed by the stresses that characterize our times.

– Jane Marshall

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