"When God shines upon His church, we become a dazzling testimony to His awesome radiance. You may feel ineffective. You might have lost confidence in your ability to shine. You may think you are too small or inconsequential to ever be of any value in the kingdom of God. But no matter at all-for, in the end, it is all a matter of light. His light. The life of worship never begins with you. It starts and ends with Jesus."Special thanks to The B & B Media Group, Inc. and David C. Cook for providing this complimentary book to read and review. You can purchase the book here on amazon.com.
"Worship is man's full reason for existence. Worship is why we are born and why we are born again." A.W. Tozer
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Mirror Ball by Matt Redman
Mirror Ball: Living Boldly and Shining Brightly For the Glory of God is the brand new book by worship leader, songwriter, and author Matt Redman. Many of you may be familiar of Matt Redman because you've sang his songs in church, but he is also a fantastic author. As a worship leader myself, I'm always interested in resources by other worship leaders. I have never been disappointed by any of Matt Redman's music or other books and this book continues that trend. This book is a very quick read, but don't doubt it's impact because of that. I also love how some the ideas and themes he presents in this book follow along with his latest worship project, 10,000 Reasons. I found myself being led in worship by reading the words on the pages. He also includes discussion guides in the back half of the book. Throughout this book Redman calls us to live a life of worship. As much as this is a call for us personally, it's also a call to the entire Church. Our God is big and no matter how inadequate we feel, because of God's redemptive work in our hearts we can shine forth the light of God. I love the story Redman shares in the beginning of the book regarding Louie Giglio's idea to have a mirror ball come down from the ceiling during a part of the Passion Conference. They're in a massive arena and when Matt Redman sees the small size of the mirror ball he's worried that it is not going to make any kind of impact and is going to turn out to be the worst idea ever. However is the service when the time came, the ball dropped and bright beams of light hit the ball and the light radiated to all corners of the arena. It may have been small and seemed in adequate, but the result was anything but. Because of the love of God and Him living in us, we need to radiate His light through us by the lives that we live. We become the mirror ball for His light that shines upon us.