Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rise Up and Sing: Book Review

About The Book:

An essential, practical handbook that equips female worshippers to lead worship, work with musicians, pastor a worship team, write songs, and work effectively with their pastor.

For women who are called to lead worship-or think they might be-worship leader Lex Buckley offers this essential handbook. Buckley shares from the Bible and from her heart to encourage, empower, and equip female worship leaders, urging them to be themselves and lead with confidence, secure in the knowledge that there is a role for women to lead worship and pastor a worship team. Packed with practical tips and featuring advice from outstanding female leaders and songwriters, such as Beth Redman, Christy Nockels, and Kathryn Scott, this book fills an empty niche, providing aspiring worship leaders with the female friends and mentors they need and probably don't have

About The Author:

Native Australian Lex Buckley, an experienced lead worshpper, and her husband, Paul, head the worship department at River City Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Lex has also served as a Soul Survivor worship pastor in the UK, sung on several albums, and released her own album, Through the Valley. She is the happy mother of baby Bella. 

Read Lex's blog and interact with her at

My Review:

A very insightful resource for all women in church ministry, whether in lay or full time ministry. You will be encouraged throughout the reading of Rise Up and Sing by the author and  top worship industry names like Beth Redman and Christy Nockels. I have never seen a book about worship leading specifically for women, so was very happy to see this come available.

This book gives the reader a quick rundown of what is needed to have a successful Worship Ministry. It is very well written, and has topics such as song writing, putting together a worship team, and the administration jobs required by a worship leader.

One very encouraging passage is found in the very last chapter:

"The song that God has placed on your heart to sing is going to be unique. Ask Him what it is. Listen to what stirs in your heart. Is your passion to see justice? Or is it to tell the world of His majesty and awesomeness? Whatever it is, go for it! Sing it out, write those songs! The Creator has created you to reflect who He is in a way that no one else can. Be bold. Find your confidence in Him. Remember that no matter what, the King loves you and delights in you, and He longs to see you, His daughter, be all that He created you to be. Cling to Christ, for....

It's in Christ that w4e find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone (Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message)"   (p. 158-159)

I highly recommend this book for all female (and male) worship leaders. You will be challenged, and encouraged as you read this book! 

I give this a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Rise Up and Sing online here, directly through David C. Cook - it is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of The B & B Media Group, Inc. and David C. Cook, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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