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It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God Paperback – November 1, 2013
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Lively, engaging and eminently readable this book shows that it is still possible to write about music in a way that enriches our experience of it. Above all, it will renew your gratitude to God for making such an art possible. --Jeremy Begbie, author of Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music
As a bookseller I am sometimes asked to help people find just the right book that will help them relate Christian faith to their careers, callings, interests and passions. Sometimes, in some fields, this is difficult, if there are few great books in that field, or they are exceedingly difficult, less than theologically reliable, or poorly written. Occasionally, though, I see a book and I want to tell everybody interested in its topic that it is a must-read, a nearly perfect resource for their precise purposes. Even more rare is the book I want to tell everybody everywhere to read, as a model of creative Christian scholarship, useful, artful, beautifully designed, insightful, fun. It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God is just such a book. Everyone should be so fortunate as to have a book like this in their area of interest! Certainly for every musician, of any sort, and for anyone who likes music or even for those who don t this is a magnificent book, amazingly conceived and wonderfully produced. This is a truly remarkable achievement. Spread the word! --Byron Borger, Hearts & Minds Bookstore
It s easy to take good music for granted because there s so much available and because we know what we like. So we listen amidst the static of busyness and wish at least occasionally that we could listen leisurely instead of distractedly. In It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God, we are asked to pause and listen with ears made sharper with understanding. The thirty chapters need not be read in any particular order, are brief enough to fit into any schedule, and are thoughtful and accessible enough to warrant reflection and discussion. From silence to songwriting to jazz to touring to harmony to improvisation to the blues, rich layers of musical reality are unpacked so they can be appreciated for people who love music but who are not musicians. It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God is written by gifted artisans to help us know music more deeply and so be able to hear, love and enjoy it and its Creator with greater clarity. Please read it, and listen, and then listen some more. --Denis Haack, Co-director of Ransom Fellowship
About the Author
Vito Aiuto (Song Writing), Diana Bauer (Suffering), Katy Bowser (Kids' Music), Bethany Brooks (Delight), Paul Buckley (Psalms), Mark Chambers (Listening), William Edgar (Jazz), Julius Fischer (Urban Ministry), David Fuentes (Freedom), Ruth Naomi Floyd (Blues), Mark Foreman (Training), Keith Getty (Modern Hymns), Steve Guthrie (Harmony), Drew Holcomb (Touring), Joy Ike (Vocation), Tom Jennings (Practice), Shai Linne (Truth), Sandra McCracken (Creativtivty), Brian Moss (Silence), Stephen J. Nichols (Fame), Brad O Donnell (Refining), John Patitucci (Improvisation), Charlie Peacock (Mission), Doug Plank (Minor Keys), Hiram Ring (Language), Michael Roe (Collaboration), Michelle Stearns (Participation), Greg Strawbridge (Instrumentation), Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma (Booking), and Greg Wilbur (Counterpoint)