It's Not About the Music: A Journey into Worship   -     By: Dan Lucarini
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Evangelical Press / 2010 / Paperback

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The subject of worship is at the same time both intensely personal and exceedingly public. These days, hardly anything is as sensitive as a discussion on how one thinks we should worship God. In this new book, a sequel to Dan Lucarini's first title 'Why I left the contemporary Christian music movement' - the author takes a close look at what God Himself asked us to do for Him when we worship.

If you are interested to learn more about worshipping God beyond the music; if you're a refugee from the worship wars; or if you're simply curious why someone would do such an about-face from the 'accepted norm of modern worship'; please join the author on a journey into worship. And discover why 'it's not about the music'!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 244
Vendor: Evangelical Press
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0852347278
ISBN-13: 9780852347270
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Endorsements

The title of this book has already got your attention. You will not get much further before you will be gripped by its message. Logical, careful, pastoral --and above all biblical - it should be read by every pastor, worship leader and youth leader; in fact by every Christian concerned that our worship should first and foremost be aimed at pleasing God. Not a stone is left unturned. Make sure you don't leave a page unturned!
John Blanchard

Dan Lucarini's It's not about the music is an impassioned plea for sanity in the continued debate about worship styles, one which makes a strong case for reform. Amidst polarizing opinions over worship practice, this book deserves to be taken seriously and thoughtfully. Even if his conclusions remain debatable, his case deserves attention. The public worship of God is too serious a matter to be left to the fashions of a particular era. I commend it in the prayerful hope that we might find our way to a more biblical position, one governed by principle rather than prejudice and sentiment.
Derek W. H. Thomas,
John E. Richards Professor of Theology, RTS, Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

A less than happy member of our church challenged the leadership: 'Music in worship is as important as preaching the Bible.' She lost her footing however, when someone asked her to support her views from the Scriptures. Without question music plays a role in our worship of God, but what is it? What is it purpose? How it is to be expressed? Too often such questions are answered by the movements of the moment rather than the God of the ages. Dan Lucarini wants to take us back to the timeless teachings of the Word of God and free us from the fads and trends of the times.
Dr. Gary E. Gilley,
Senior Pastor of Southern View Chapel and author of This little church had none

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is for any Christian, not just musicians
    April 11, 2011
    MKnProud
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's refreshing to hear a thoughtful and Scripture based reason for taking a closer look at what we are singing today. While the author is forthright- even blunt- he is tactful and lovng as he deals with a highly emotional topic that so easily can become divisive.
  2. Adelaide, South Australia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What worship really should be, as God wants it.
    January 9, 2011
    Big John
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book should be read by all pastors and worship leaders, in fact all sincere Christians. To attract people we have slipped from worship as God asks it in the Bible, and got into entertainment and fun for the congregation. Churches and fellowships which are returning to real worship and theologically sound hymns and songs (often the old ones) are finding that they are the ones growing in grace!
  3. Arizona
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Most Needed Information For Most Churches
    January 8, 2011
    Peggy Matney
    Arizona
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Finally, someone has drawn the badly needed line between Praise and Worship and supported the

    separation with Scriptural Authority. Whether what we do in most Churches can accurately be categorized as 'Praise' is yet to be determined. However, Worship is now well defined and stands alone - which it should be! Bill Matney
  4. Tracy , CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Advocate for change - don't throw in the towel!
    January 8, 2011
    RLane
    Tracy , CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dan Lucarini makes several valid arguments for balance worship in the Christ-Centered church, embracing scripture reading, prayer, and more where music currently dominates the landscape. I am reminded of a book I once read concerning the dangers of caffeine, where that author did not paint caffeine as a deadly poison, but instead pointed out the dangers of being overloaded with too much caffeine because the serving sizes have increased so dramatically when compare to the volumes typically consumed 50-75 years ago. The author of "It's not About the Music" similarly points out how music has crowded out other elements of worship over the ages and suggests a return to worship with less music but more scripture reading, prayer, praise, and other elements of worship that were once more commonly practivced in teh churches. Music by itself is not toxic, but too much music and not enough of the other elements of worhip does make the music have a toxic effect on the lives involved. And not just the lives of the "audience", but also the "performers".

    But what I most appreciate about this book is the encouragement to recognize the need for change and to stay wherever you are to be an advocate for change. Don't be deceived by the notion that worship is practiced better somewhere else, and you have to go on a treasure hunt to find that place. Stay where you are, pray, and look for ways that you can be an agent to transform the worship in your church, one step at a time. The real beauty of this book is not the persuasive arguments about what is wrong with worship and what might bear a closer resemblance to true biblically inspired worship. Rather, the beauty of the book, a beauty rarely found in the vast volume of publications about Christian worship these days, is what the book tells you to do once you see these truths yourself.

    Martin Luther did not initiate change that was instrumental in the era we refer to as the Reformation by running away. He posted his 95 theses on the doors of the church.

    All of the letters written by the apostle Paul were addressed to Christians that had gone astray and/or needed encouragement to stay on the right path.

    The Old Testament prophets confronted aborations to encourage correction. (My personal favorite for worship leaders is Ezekiel 33:30-33).

    If you are looking at this book (which you most certainly are doing since you ar reading the review), it is most certainly because the title somehow rings a bell within you. The bell is God telling you to be a prophet in the land you are in.

    So get the book.

    Read it.

    Read it again.

    Then go back to your church and be a prophetic advocate for change, the type of change modelled by Christ in his matchless love and grace.
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    2 Stars Out Of 5
    The pages were not properly cut
    December 16, 2010
    Aunt Ber
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    I received the book in real good time but I was disappointed in the quality of the book given the fact that half of the pages were still stuck together and the tops of the pages were not cleanly cut.
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