On Tuesday I actually read two books in one day. Both were from David C. Cook Publishing, both contained appendices or study sections, and in both cases I wished the books were much longer. (The other one was Erasing Hell by Francis Chan.)
Matt Redman is the composer of over 200 worship songs. If you went to church on Sunday and your worship set began with the song that goes, “Water You turned into wine / Opened the eyes of the blind / There’s no one like you…” you know what it is to sing pieces written or co-written by Matt. Or “Once again I look upon the cross where You died / I’m humbled by your mercy and I’m broken inside.” Or “Blessed be your name / in the land that is plentiful / where the streams of abundance flow…” Or “I will offer up my life in spirit and truth / pouring out the oil of love as my worship to You.”
Books by worship leaders and worship composers don’t necessary sell well. Matt has a couple of previous titles that are done up in a hardcover gift book format that publishers seem to like to use every time Michael W. Smith or Don Moen has something to say. But this title, Mirror Ball: Living Boldly and Shining Brightly For the Glory of God is much more accessible in paperback. Since the younger generation has gravitated to modern worship, I want to suggest that this is an excellent book to give to that aspiring musician in your family, or that younger member of your church worship team.
What they will find, and what I found, was the tremendous theological depth of Redman and his understanding as to where today’s modern worship fits into the bigger picture of church history. Okay, he doesn’t actually say that last bit, but I guess what I found in his writing was what I wish to term spiritual confidence. Or just confidence in God.
My only regret is that the book is so short. Chapter one begins on page 21 and the last chapter ends on page 105. (I guess it was writing all those little hardcover gift books!) The balance is a discussion guide which also contains sample lyrics from Redman songs. The title is an allusion to a story about Louis Giglio, but it was the story about a snowfall that I chose to use as a book excerpt yesterday over at Christianity 201.
Again, some people think that Christian songwriters are theological lightweights, but I have found over and over again that this is not the case with Christian writers and musicians from the UK. Pick up a copy of Mirror Ball and find out for yourself.
If we live our lives with low expectations in God, we will rob ourselves of a fulfilled life and massively dilute the honor that is due to Him…
It’s never too late to live a big life. If you have ruled yourself out, then rule yourself back in.
~Matt Redman, Mirror Ball p. 55
Thanks to David C. Cook Canada for a copy of the book.
Here’s Our God, the song that is extremely popular right now.
Here’s the original of Once Again