Invisible Empires by by Sara Groves

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In Sara Groves’ 10th studio album, Invisible Empires, we hear a familiar contrast: the “frenetic” work of human hands, which sends us into anxiety and disconnection, and the work of God, which is slow, deep, and loving. For Groves, God’s attention to us in the midst of all things—

technological advancements, inner conflicts, and spiritual struggles—is both mystery and miracle. And the album’s melodies, both gospel soul and pop harmony, offer a tight weave of the tensions that mark this contrast for us and our longing to see “mystery rise up to meet [us].” (Fair Trade)

About the Author

Allison Backous teaches at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is a member of Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church.

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