by Larry Norman

This is taken fron the 1991 CD booket of the European version of In Another Land




Charly graduated from high school in the Eighties and he and I kicked around the world several times, recording in different studios, performing in different lineups. I released a few records with different companies and, typically, never received any royalties; although one man built a three-story house and a swimming pool in England with the royalties he owed to me, Alwyn Wall, and Norman Barratt. I had a son, now six, who occasionally performs with me in concert, at his own initiative. (Being in music is something I would never wish upon him after all of the specious vicissitudes I've had to contend with.) I was still suffering from brain damage caused by the airplane accident. Then my son was bitten by an infected mosquito and suffered from encephalitis for a few years so we both had a lot of brain-damaged fun for awhile, though we would have had more fun, perhaps, without it. The Charly and I were chemically poisoned while in Russia in 1988 and were sick for over a year. In 1989 I found out about God as my Father in Dave Markee's house in England and a few days later a most unusual man dropped by who I may talk about someday. In 1990, when I recovered from the effects of poisoning, I went back to Russia. Mikey recovered from encephalitis. Sarah got her teaching credential in Oregon and wants little to do with the gospel industry. There's been a lot of tragedy in our personal lives, but as dysfunctional as we may be I still feel like I'm part of a real family. Good and bad, this is still real life and far better than the travesty of our previous relationships. We don't care what our enemies say about us; we love them. We pray for them. We hope they get better.

At the end of the Eighties I found a company which was honest and open, and supportive. I decided to begin recording new albums again and started out by writing new songs for Stranded In Babylon. Solid Rock Records is releasing past masters on compact disc and cassette and Charly and I are working on new music and helping other artists. Music and daily bread aside, my life has changed so much in the past two years because I finally know my Father's name. I wish every person would come to understand that God is a Loving Father and not a neglectful tryant. I pray for people to end the strife between them and to live as brothers and sisters. There is enough pain in this life without adding to it with jealousies, bitterness, back-biting and gossip. We need to love one another. Jesus said that they will know we are Christians by our love. God will forgive us only as we forgive others. If a man says he loves God and hates his brother, he is a liar. When are we going to believe this? When shall we begin to let love rule? Let this good life be the life we lead. Let our faith grow like a mustard seed. Let His love be all the love we need to carry us all the way home.

In Another Land - Key Verse: 1 John 2:15-17

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the
love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of man's flesh,
the lusts of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from
the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away
but the man who does the will of God lives forever."