I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone; but especially pastors and worship leaders, who have concerns over Contemporary Christian Music and what it is doing to our churches. I find it interesting that pastors who are suppose to be protectors of the sheep, will spend hours preparing a sermon but little time in researching out the latest trends. This books helps in doing that. It is a fair warning, for sure.
Lucarini has provided an insightful work on a subject that may address the most controversial topic in evangelical Christianity today. While some criticize his efforts as being largely subjective, I applaud Lucarini speaking from his personal experience, his 20 years of embracing CCM, and then his sharing the gradual spiritual maturing process that guided him away from the movement. While there are elements of a personal testimony in the body of the work, that provides a strong element of credibility to Lucarini's biblical, musical, and cultural insight. Frequently proponents of CCM claim that we have to immitate the worldly pop music model (the performers, the style, the spectators), in order to attract the young people. Quite a contrast to "do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Many of our churches have chosen the entertainment format of the performers (the rock band, or praise band), and the spectators. And it is a proven success to attract folks that are looking for entertainment. It has turned many of our church services into little more than a spectator event. Unfortunatlely what is lost is that experience of lifting our voices together in congregational singing, an important part of corporate worship. There are a few CCM tunes that allow for that, but precious few. We need courageous folks in the laity to demand a higher standard from our worship leaders. Lucarini will help all of us to articulate those concerns.
We have long felt that the Contemporary Christian music movement is not pleasing to God. The author of this book lived as a CCM leader in several churches, and his background was rock music before he got saved. And yet, when the Holy Spirit spoke to this man's heart, he realized that he had to give up this music style. The book is the author's honest story of his love for music, and what the Lord taught him. It is a great testimony!
Very well written. He brings out good information about the effects of contemporary music in the church. Our church uses it but the people performing don't dress in a provocative manner he was describing in the book. To me it is performing and not praising, a lot of emotionalism. He brought out how the whole congregation sings when they sing a traditional song and hardly anyone sings when they do a contemporary. Very good reading.
As a worship Pastor, I read this book at the recommendation of a man in our church who is upset with our music and volume. It greatly concerns me that Dan claims a moral high ground right out of the gate. I was floored by his lack of Church music history, and in most references to scripture putting a lense over those verses in the same way he accuses CCM people of doing. With his line of thinking we should buy clothes at any store but a christian book store because if we buy clothes of the rack at walmart someone who commits sin could have possibly worn the same style of shirt and therefore the shirt be ruled evil or give the apperance of evil. When reading this book I was reminded Jesus dealt very harshly with those considered to be the religous of his day but showed grace and restoration to everyone else. When Dan claims to have removed the speck from his eye in the first few pages then shuts down any open dialog. I would gladly have this discussion with him. One verse he refences in Psalms about the worshipers that David had that were set apart, if the music they played was the only correct music, then what was it? Let's only sing those songs. With that Said I do like Hymns but in there day they too were considered contemporary music. Also in the 1600's there was a massive issue ripping the church apart in the same way Traditional Vs. CCM, you know what it was congregational singing. So riffs in music is nothing new. Riffs in style of music has been happening for hundreds of years. So why Hymns and traditional music? What makes that sacred? Because the authors had no sin? Absolutly not! Could it be in 200 years from now the future generations will view our contemporary music as sacred and the same way we view hymns today? Jesus being a rabbi was always challenging peoples views of the scriptures and the law. When we hold on to tradition more than Christ we fall into the same sin that Dan is accusing any CCM worship person of.