Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mirror Ball: A Book Review

About The Book:

“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.  In his newest book, Mirror Ball: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Radiance, worship leader and songwriter Matt Redman reminds us that even when we feel insufficient to reflect God’s glory, God can show through us as light radiates through a prism.  Living in this truth will transform how we view our words, our relationships and our daily lives.

Passion is not only that which gets us up in the morning; it helps us see it through to the end of the day.  And for anyone who has truly encountered the wonder of the cross, it soon becomes a way of life.  If you’re looking for a heightened way to tell God you love Him, the very best way has little to do with stringing poetic sentences together.  It involves a life laid down in service and adoration.  The concrete evidence of whether worship has lived or died in us will always be our lives.  We sing our songs with good intent, but in the end our lives must become the evidence.

In and of ourselves we have no light.  But in His bright and shining light we are transformed and begin to radiate the glories of our God to the world around us.  You may be feeling totally inadequate for that task.  But if so, you have simply forgotten the most important part of the equation.  It is not about you and your best efforts.  It is the light, power and love of Christ illuminating our fragile lives.

Through story, Scripture and practical inspiration, Redman encourages his readers to remember that, however inadequate they may feel to live out this passion, God will work in and through them.  After all, the same God who said “let there be light” has made His light to shine in their hearts, illuminating their lives and the lives of those around them.

About The Author:

Matt Redman is a worship leader, songwriter, and the author of several books, including The Unquenchable Worshipper. Among his many well-known songs are "Blessed Be the Name," "You Never Let Go," and "The Heart of Worship." Matt and his wife, Beth, have five children and live on the south coast of England.

My Review:

If you are looking for a book that will draw you into what it really means to be in deeper worship with our Lord, I cannot recommend Mirror Ball by Matt Redman. Although a short book, at only about 100 pages, it is full of inspiration to enhance your overall worship experience, beyond the traditional "Sunday morning singing time". 

Redman has a very obvious passion for this topic and it is fantastic to see. He is a gifted worship leader and throughout the book you are reminded that worship is so much more than the words we are singing, its about how those words actually impact our life. Are they just lyrics or are we actually living them out loud for God's Kingdom here on Earth? A challenging thought to be sure.

Written in a very easy to read and comprehend manner, Mirror Ball is also a very quick read, and applicable to youth and adults alike, whether you are in church leadership or a church attender. The discussion guide is fantastic, and perfect for small groups, Sunday School and individual study. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Mirror Ball by Matt Redman at your favorite bookseller, from David C. Cook

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group and David C. Cook, for the purpose of review on this blog. All

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