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5 Stars Out Of 5
October 15, 2005
We sing for Jesus. We sing to Jesus. What I particularly appreciate about "With One Voice" is Kidds rich examination of what it means to sing with Jesus. In this book Reggie Kidd gives us a window into the kind of worship in which we all participate, whether our song is, as he says, more reminiscent of Bachelegant and refined, Bubbasimple and anonymous or the Blues Brotherspassionate and on a mission. But this book is no mere come together for Jesus sake reflection. "With One Voice" is not advocating a unity from below where we try really hard to appreciate music in the church that we dont particularly like for the sake of the Kingdom, of course. Rather, Kidd takes us deeply into Psalm 22, and helps us to hear Jesus voice as He has sung and is singing all of our songswhether refined or raw, controlled or full of passion. In worship we all join Jesus as He sings. At another level, I found this book to be an expression of the very reality Kidd is writing about. For Kidd himself has several voices that all sing with Jesus. The theologian sings with his mind, the artist sings with illustrations from music, art and literature, and the man sings with honest moments from his own journey. They blend together beautifully, and for me there were moments when, even while reading, I began to hear that other voice.This is not just a book for worship leaders. It is a book for worshippers.
Kidd writes from a rich inner landscape of worship about his experiences as a worship leader and worshipper in several different contexts. His anecdotes and examples are intimate and personal, his treatment of the Scriptural passages is engaging and accessible, and his love for his Savior is evident throughout. People who are interested in thoughtful worship, whether from the leadership point of view or that of the person in the pew, will find much in this book to enrich their minds and hearts.Of particular interest are his descriptions and discussion of the various musical types or styles that are in use in worship services. Classical (Bach), folk (Bubba) and whatever is culturally current (The Blues Brothers) are his categories, and these are doubtless familiar to anyone who has experienced worship in a diverse setting. Kidds reflections on the place for each of these sorts of music and the importance of recognizing all of them in the Voice of the Singing Savior are compelling as we consider our own church environment of worship. Following the lead of the Lead Singer, Jesus, is the most important thing and our Lead Singer sings in many ways. I found this book moving, enlightening (the discussion of Psalm 22 in relation to worship was particularly so) and engaging in a way that many books about worship are not. I worshipped as I read this book, I did not merely read about worship.