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Grand in scope and vivid in detail, Andrew Peterson’s Light for the Lost Boy's lyrics draw upon both personal and literary sources to capture moments of suffering, healing and grace. Peterson invites comparisons with such legends as Rich Mullins and Mark Heard in his ability to recast Biblical teachings in language rooted in heartland America. “Come Back Soon” and “Shine Your Light on Me” bring to mind Paul Simon with their closely-observed imagery and bittersweet folk/pop feel. Themes of childhood bring an intimacy to “The Voice of Jesus,” “Day to Day” and “You’ll Find Your Way” as Peterson avoids typical fatherhood clichés in favor of deeper spiritual truths. He shows his gift for narrative in “The Ballad of Jody Baxter,” a tale of sin and forgiveness inspired by Marjorie Rawlings’ novel The Yearling. Musically, Light for the Lost Boy is as expansive as its subject matter, with flashes of rock guitar (courtesy of Audio Adrenaline’s Tyler Burkem) adding heft to several tracks. “Don’t You Want to Thank Someone” is a triumphant nine-minute evocation of God’s majesty.

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Gateway Album

We somehow missed the boat on AP until this album. The father’s heart in “You’ll Find Your Way” drew me in, and we quickly fell in love with every song and have since bought several more of his albums. Listen to the radio, and you generally will experience all you’re going to in one listen of a song. Listen to this, or one of Peterson’s other albums, and you’ll continue to find new truths after months and months of listening. I find no weaknesses in Light for the Lost Boy.


Can someone please tell me why there are no reviews for this album?! It's AMAZING! I mean, breathtaking…full of beauty and longing, suffering and hope, wisdom and insight. The imagery in "Come Back Soon" alone would be worth the price of the whole album. Then there's the simple, gorgeous, supremely singable lullaby, "The Voice of Jesus," and the sweeping, stunning "Don't You Want to Thank Someone" that closes the album. I…wow…honestly, I feel incapable of adequately praising this miraculous accomplishment. Buy the album! And leave a review!


I’ve been listening to Andrew Peterson since I was in high school and I love all of his music, that being said album is one of my favorites. The whole album makes me ache in the best kind of way. There isn’t a song I don’t absolutely love on this album but my favorites would have to be "Come Back Soon”, “The Ballad of Jody Baxter”, “You’ll Find Your Way”, and “Don’t You Want to Thank Someone."


Born: June 4, 1974 in Monticello, IL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A highly respected songwriter in the Christian music community, Andrew Peterson's career began in the mid-'90s with his first independent release, an eight-song EP called Walk. While touring the country with wife, Jamie, Peterson caught his first break when popular CCM band Caedmon's Call invited him on their 1998 tour. This increased exposure led to his signing with Watershed/Essential Records and the 2000 release of his first proper album, Carried Along. A pastor's son, the Illinois-born, Florida-bred...
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Light for the Lost Boy, Andrew Peterson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music, CCM, Gospel, Christian Rock
  • Released: Aug 24, 2012

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