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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Hearthstone Publishing, Ltd. (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575580624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575580623
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Wheaton grew up in a musical family. His father was a well-known musician in Denver, Colorado. Frank Wheaton, Jack's father played violin, guitar, and trumpet professionally, and taught those instruments as well, until he was eighty-nine years of age. Jack began the study of piano and trumpet when he was nine years old. He went on th graduate from the University of Denver with a BA in Music in 1953. Later he finished his master's degree at the University of Northern Colorado in 1957. His final degree, a doctorate in music and history, was primarily through the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Wheaton was music department chairman at Cerritos College, Norwalk, California; College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California; and Administrative Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He served briefly on the faculty of the University of San Diego and has been a guest lecturer at over fifty colleges. He has an Emmy Award for musical director for an ABC-TV Special, "Neophonic Spring," as well as directing and supervising the Gershwin segment of the 1984 Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He has authored over fifteen books, his most recent, All That Jazz: A History of Afro-American Music and Career Counseling for Today's Musician, written for the American Federation of Musicians. As a composer, he has scored the musical soundtracks to eight Hollywood feature films, many jingles, and documentaries. As a pianist he is featured on seven CDs, two of the most recent being Christmas Joy and Favorite Hymns (vol 1) for Hearthstone Publishing. His music ministry positions are many, with the most recent being the director of instrumental music for Calvary Church in Santa Ana, California, the largest church in Orange County, where he arranged for and conducted regularly a seventy-piece orchestra, as well as works for choir. Dr. Wheaton has many published works for choir and praise band, and is currently working on an Easter cantata and an oratorio on the book of Esther. Sought after as a consultant for church music programs Jack became increasingly concerned about the growing crisis in church music; hence the authoring of this book.

Customer Reviews

Oh, if every church youth or music director had the courage to just read this book.
John Wicklund
It reveals and exposes the origin of rap as well as discusses rock music some churches have allowed into their worship.
Cindy
As soon as I read it, I bought all the copies I could find to distribute to others.
Captain Gramma

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By John Wicklund on October 6, 2003
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Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) has invaded the evangelical churches of the past 10-20 years. Dr. Wheaton makes a case that some of CCM is not altogether bad, it just wasn't necesarily meant to be part of a worship service.
I am not a trained musician like Dr. Wheaton so I appreciated his teaching on basic music theory and how lyrics and melody are supposed to complement one another. The book is certainly not hard-to-read and is practical since what is described is exactly what is going on in churches in America.
Dr. Wheaton makes a case that the young people are gaining increasing influence in churches and crowding out the traditonal hymns so rich in scriptural truth and flowing melodies. I see this happening at my home church that anytime an old-style hymn is played, you can see the youth of the church grimace.
What is most disturbing from this CCM trend is that the young people of our church are so biblically illiterate. Clearly music is the medium and solid bible exposition is boring and out-of-date.
CCM plays directly into the methodology of the "seeker-sensitive" movement of Rick Warren and Bill Hybels because contemporary evangelical church services are deliberately superficial. The church is trying to market an offensive product (the cross of Christ) to a person who is purposely not told the whole story. The story they get is that church is fun, you won't have to hear you are a sinner, you will be entertained with music that sounds like the rest of the world, we won't throw a cross in your sightlines, and you will know that God is love and wants to answer your every selfish prayer.
God help us from these charlatans who are slick salesmen who are selling the unchurched by leaving out the other side of the Christian decision. God is holy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By political partner on September 19, 2011
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I thought this book hit the nail on the head!! I heard from a firefighter that told me once, that he never was on a scene of a suicide that did not have a heavy metal song going on in the back ground. I truly believe that music does pull on us emotionally and spiritually and this bood addresses that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Gramma on August 30, 2012
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I read this book several years ago. As soon as I read it, I bought all the copies I could find to distribute to others. In my opinion, it is a must read for pastors. I have heard so many people say, "Well I don't care for the music, but we have to change in order to keep people in the church." My questions is, what are they coming to church for?

This new CCM is frequently referred to as 'half a mile wide and an inch deep.' That phrase stresses that this music makes you feel good, but has no real meaning. Some call it, '7 - 11' music, seven words repeated 11 times. Because of that, I find it very boring. In my opinion, Dr. Wheaton explains why this music has invaded the churches and the expected results.

I found this book fascinating and illuminating, and I highly recommend this book to everyone involved in church leadership.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Garner on February 7, 2013
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Dr. Wheaton knows what he's talking about! My husband is a pastor and found this book invaluable. Much wisdom and discernment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By El Gringo on April 6, 2013
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I was disappointed that the author didn't include more of the contemporary music as being part of the problem with Christian music. My wife and have listened to, sang, and played music for many years and have noticed how the old hymns have been set aside more and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Juhl on June 7, 2014
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Dr. Jack Wheaton's expertise in music reveals itself in multiple ways. His Biblical basis shines through clearly and encourages churches to hold to the "old paths".
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