How Can I Keep from Singing?

The Next Step Podcast
Season 2: Ponder Anew
Episode 6: How Can I Keep from Singing?
Date: 15 July 2020
Guest: Karen Hunter, Visual Faith Illustrator
Also available on: iTunes

Season 2 of the Next Step Podcast focuses on the resource, Ponder Anew: A Hymn Journal of Trust and Confidence, brought to you by Next Step Press.

Episode 6 of 12 means we are halfway through Ponder Anew! Today’s guest is Karen Hunter, the Visual Faith Illustrator for Chapter 6 and Chapter 12. You can find Karen on Facebook or on Instagram.

After a brief introduction, you will hear author Justin Rossow pray, and Karen will read the John 20 passage on page 55. After a discussion of those verses, Justin will read the devotion on page 56.

Justin and Karen will talk about the text of the hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and the illustrations on pages 53 and 59 and the similarities and differences between a refreshing fountain and a secure rock in a storm.

The topic of hand lettering comes up again; you can find some of Karen’s favorite fonts here:

If you missed the tutorial on hand lettering, you can catch up with our Lettering Video Tutorial, Part 1 from Lead Illustrator Valerie Matyas.

Before Karen gets back to her vacation, she also talks about how the discussion of this chapter helps her take a next step following Jesus into a fall of uncertainty. With her daughter going into middle school in an era of Covid and online learning, there are plenty of things to be anxious about! Having a rock to cling to is good news indeed!

This recording was made possible in part by the generous support of Next Step Patrons. All Next Step Patrons who join before July 25 will be personally recognized during Season 2 of the Next Step Podcast. Today we recognize Joy for her ongoing support of our mission and ministry. Thank you, Joy, for helping us equip others for their next step following Jesus!

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We follow Jesus better when we follow Him together, so we invite you to join the Facebook Pop Up Group sharing this hymn journal experience here: The Ponder Anew Facebook Group.

The intro and outro music for Season 2: Ponder Anew was arranged and performed by Brendan Knorp. All rights reserved.

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