- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Worthy Publishing (August 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781617957536
- ISBN-13: 978-1617957536
- ASIN: 1617957534
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Ryan Romeo is an artist, worship leader, writer and speaker. He has a deep passion for the church and all things creative. He currently works at his local church and is the Creative Director for OUTCRY Tour. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Blake and their three children.
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Coincidently (or not so coincidently), I saw there was a Blog Tour for the book OUTCRY: New Voices Speak Out About the Power of the Church by Ryan Romeo, so I signed up thinking the book must have something to do with the concert tour. When the book arrived, I saw that the foreword is written by Kari Jobe and her husband, Cody Carnes, so I pretty much confirmed the music tour and the book are connected.
In this book, the author includes guest contributions from different amazing well known artists in the Christian music industry today including Shane Quick from OUTCRY, David Crowder, Jenn Johnson (Bethel Music), Chris Quilala (Jesus Culture), Pat Barrett (Housefires) and Chris Llewellyn (Rend Collective).
Reading right into the foreword, I knew this was going to be a great book - Cody Carnes says he was halfway through the spring 2016 OUTCRY tour and he opened his Bible app to the verse of the day, which happened to be Romans 15:5-7, which talks about unity - that when we accept one another and love each other the way that Jesus loves us, God is glorified. Cody goes on to say that when he read that it hit him that they are doing OUTCRY to remind people that we are stronger and better together.
In the introduction, the author tells us that OUTCRY is not the next "movement" to join. It's not the next "big thing" in the church. It is a symptom of what God is already doing. God is pulling us together in this season for a reason, a vision is emerging that isn't new - it's to rediscover the ancient and immovable truth about the church. The author is telling us the great news - that the next big thing is here, but that it's been here for two thousand years - it's the local church. The OUTCRY tour is part of the reason that God is endorsing and pushing forward to rejuvenate the church.
And then begins Chapter 1, entitled "Does the Church Still Matter?" Romeo introduces us to who he is and how and when he accepted Christ into his life. He then discusses the power of the church today. Romeo talks about how important the church is, even when it isn't perfect (because it never is). He talks about how our society leans toward the idea that self-sufficiency is greater than relying on others but that is not what God intended for us, and the Bible make sit clear when he talks about the "body of Christ" - the church.
I'll give you the names of each chapter, but I won't go chapter by chapter for you.
Chapter 2 - "Can We Be Proud of the Church?",
Chapter 3 - "His Identity to Us",
Chapter 4 - "She Is Not Perfect",
Chapter 5 - "It Will Get Messy",
Chapter 6 - "One Movement", and,
Chapter 7 - Our Story.
The book is short and to the point and it provides us with an awesome reminder of God's desires for us and the church. Romeo's writing is motivating, powerful, and driven. Romeo shares his heart with readers, and is very encouraging while he guides readers to be able to understand the Scripture and see God's intentions for us, along with the hope of all involved with the OUTCRY tour. This book, along with the tour itself, gives us hope and inspiration where perhaps previously there was none for some.
I was provided with a paperback copy of this book as a First Look Blogger for Worthy Publishing without cost in exchange for this, my honest review and unbiased opinion.
The OUTCRY artists, including Crowder, Bethel Music, Rend Collective, and others, play the "big rooms," sell lots of records, and get plenty of radio airplay. They could easily see themselves as aloof from the local church, existing on a plane superior to the weekly ins and outs of average congregations. Far from that, both Romeo's text and the shorter selections written by the artists wholeheartedly embrace and endorse the local church, large and small.
Romeo write that OUTCRY isn't a movement in itself. "The next big thing is here. But it's been here for two thousand years. It's the local church." He calls us to love Jesus by loving his bride. He calls us to service to the church in order to make a "meaningful impact on friends, family, and community." The local church is "a worthy and significant calling to give your life to."
Beyond that, Romeo calls on the church to enjoy our unity. He acknowledges that there are theological differences among denominations, but that our similarities should drive us toward communal worship and fellowship. The OUTCRY worship concerts are a perfect setting and expression of unity: drawing diverse Christians together for worship, while affirming the many expressions of worship and varied theological perspectives in local churches. I like his take on Jesus' prayer for unity: "Will we see a perfect unity in the church one day? Yes, because Jesus prayed for it. Do we have it yet? No, because Jesus prayed for it."
OUTCRY challenges readers to embrace the local church and pour themselves into it. Romeo also tells stories of the unity and fellowship the OUTCRY artists enjoyed while on tour, a model for our interactions with other Christians. These artists play on a big stage, and lots of people know their names, but they are playing for an audience of one, glorifying the name of the one who knows all of our names.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
Review: Often times we buy books with little consideration of what exactly we expect to gain from reading it. I did this but was glad for the purchase. Outside of the other great contributions - OUTCRY just brought a basic yet profound revelation on the local church. We are all members despite religion or creed and we are perfectly imperfect. Once we accept the difference we are able to live in unity. The book explores the 'local church' movement and the role we all play and how our perceptions should be altered from the cultural norms of how the world sees the church. Most importantly, Romeo emphasizes that the church is not dead nor in decline and the key to the movement is accepting the differences among us.
There are many seemingly simple but profound nuggets yo takeaway from the book and I believe Romeo did an excellent job of just making it an easy and relatable read mainly from those 'you can relate' storie. A definite recommended read. And timely for this season and movement.