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In Christ Alone: 100 Devotions on the Power of ChristKeith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart TownendB&H Books / 2017 / Hardcover$12.99 Retail:
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Sing! has grown from Keith and Kristyn Gettys passion for congregational singing; its been formed by their traveling and playing and listening and discussing and learning and teaching all over the world.
And in writing it, they have five key aims:
• to discover why we sing and the overwhelming joy and holy privilege that comes with singing
• to consider how singing impacts our hearts and minds and all of our lives
• to cultivate a culture of family singing in our daily home life
• to equip our churches for wholeheartedly singing to the Lord and one another as an expression of unity
• to inspire us to see congregational singing as a radical witness to the world
They have also added a few "bonus tracks" at the end with some more practical suggestions for different groups who are more deeply involved with church singing.
God intends for this compelling vision of His people singinga people joyfully joining together in song with brothers and sisters around the world and around his heavenly throneto include you. He wants you,he wants us, to sing.
KEITH and KRISTYN GETTY occupy a unique space in the world of music as [pre-eminent] modern hymn writers and global ambassadors for the genre. Perhaps best-known for the modern hymn, "In Christ Alone" (written by Keith with Stuart Townend), the Gettys have helped reinvent the traditional hymn form, creating a catalog of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing musical genres, and invigorate the interest of a whole new generation of people in hymns. Their Sing! campaign is part of a movement to encourage church congregations in their singing. Keith and Kristyn live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their daughters, Eliza, Charlotte, and Grace.
"Keith and Kristyn Getty are good friends of mine and good gifts from God to His Church. They teach, help, and lead us to sing in a way that reveres the holiness of God, reflects the Word of God, edifies the Church of God, and compels us on mission for God in a world that desperately needs to know His glory." -David Platt, author of Radical and president of the International Mission Board
"Here is a book worth buying. Filled with biblical, practical insight that, understood and taken to heart, will revolutionize congregational singing." -Alistair Begg, pastor of Truth for Life Radio and general editor of the Spurgeon Study Bible
"With a rare combination of theological insight, the lessons shaped by years of practical experience, and remarkable readability, this book is simultaneously evocative, informative, and accessible." -D.A. Carson, author, president, and founder of The Gospel Coalition
"The Gettys have been helping us sing for years now by the songs they've written. Now they help us in a different way. is book encourages us to realize that singing is an important part of spiritual life. Each chapter is short and readable. Each one also ends with good questions. Useful for individuals, Bible studies, or Sunday school classesread, enjoy, discussand sing!" -Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.
"If there is an area in special need of reformation in the worship of evangelical churches, it is congregational singing. I am so thankful for the Gettys' hearts for this vital aspect of our communion with God. One place for us to begin this recovery is to understand why singing together is so important. is book will help. People and pastors alike need to read it." -Ligon Duncan, president of Reformed Theological Seminary
"Sing! is not just a book; it's a revolution. The music of Keith and Kristyn Getty has been a movement in our churches. Now this book will take the movement from the platform to the congregation. What a gift the Gettys are to our churches. What a gift this book is for our churches' future." -Thom S. Rainer, author of I Am a Church Member and president of LifeWay Christian Resources
"Keith and Kristyn's music has always inspired my worship and deepened my faith at the same time. In an era when much contemporary Christian music is vapid, shallow, and theologically flimsy, they are a two-person reformation team whose songs will stand the test of time." -Os Guinness, author of The Call
"This book reminds us that often the most effective means of catechizing our children will come as we teach them the great truths contained in the lyrics of the songs, hymns, and spiritual songs we sing together as a family. I'm hoping this book will motivate more moms and dads to make sure their children memorize the songs of Watts, Wesley, Toplady, and so many others." -Bob Lepine, vice president of FamilyLife Today, Radio Host
"I love Keith and Kristyn Getty! As friends. As songwriters. As worship leaders. They never fail to uplift and inspire my heart to sing! I pray that not only their music but this book will do the same for others." -Anne Graham Lotz, author, speaker, and daughter of Billy Graham
"The Gettys are a precious benediction from heaven to enrich our praise. They have been used by the Lord to provide theologically rich, singable music for the church in this generation. More than anyone else they have led in the long awaited revival of hymns which have always been the true music of the church." -John McArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church
Voddie Baucham Jr., dean of Theological Education, African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia
"Here is a book worth buying. Filled with biblical, practical insight that, understood and taken to heart, will revolutionize congregational singing."
Alistair Begg, pastor of Truth for Life Radio and general editor of the Spurgeon Study Bible
"Sing! is wonderful! Its a treasury of lost principles discovered for a new generation of worshippers. Sing! reminds me and my family that God uses music and the Word to transform the world, and that our part in His process of renewing all things is to open our mouths."
Kirk Cameron, film actor and producer
"With a rare combination of theological insight, the lessons shaped by years of practical experience, and remarkable readability, this book is simultaneously evocative, informative, and accessible."
D. A. Carson, author, president, and founder
of The Gospel Coalition
"The Gettys have been helping us sing for years now by the songs theyve written. Now they help us in a different way. This book encourages us to realize that singing is an important part of spiritual life. Each chapter is short and readable. Each one also ends with good questions. Useful for individuals, Bible studies, or Sunday school classesread, enjoy, discussand sing!"
Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.
"If there is an area in special need of reformation in the worship of evangelical churches, it is congregational singing. I am so thankful for the Gettys hearts for this vital aspect of our communion with God. One place for us to begin this recovery is to understand why singing together is so important. This book will help. People and pastors alike need to read it."
Ligon Duncan, president of Reformed Theological Seminary
"This practical book has four outstanding characteristics: it is written by seasoned musicians and song writers; it challenges the whole body of Christ, including pastoral and worship leaders, and professional Christian musicians, to worship meaningfully; it touches personal, family and congregational worship; and, it pro- vides useful discussion questions that give a framework for group study and reflection. This book will be used widely to promote singing and worship in the church."
Matthew Ebenezer, teaching elder of Reformed Presbyterian Church of India and author of What the Apostles Believed: A Devotional Commentary
"Keith and Kristyns music has always inspired my worship and deepened my faith at the same time. In an era when much contemporary Christian music is vapid, shallow, and theologically flimsy, they are a two-person reformation team whose songs will stand the test of time."
Os Guinness, author of The Call
"Somewhere along the way, it seems the Western church began to believe that singing was for singers. With this book, the Gettys have brought us back to the essential truth that singing is for believers. Once we understand that, the question, Do you have a voice? changes to, Do you have a song? Sing! helps us discover all the reasons God put a new song in our hearts the moment we met Him. Thank you, Keith and Kristyn, for this vital message."
Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship Resource
"This book sparkles with ideas. In this bedeviled world theres no greater joy than profound truths of Jesus love borne by great text and tune, and carried from Sunday into life and life eternal. Thats what the Gettys do. Heres Why? and How?"
Matthew Harrison, president of LCMS
"Keith and Kristyn have served the church for years through their songs. Now theyve gone one step further and served us with their book, Sing! Its a treasure trove of biblical, practical, and gospel counsel for those who love to sing, want to sing, or dont think they can sing."
Bob Kauflin, director of Sovereign Grace Music
"This book reminds us that often the most effective means of catechizing our children will come as we teach them the great truths contained in the lyrics of the songs, hymns, and spiritual songs we sing together as a family. Im hoping this book will motivate more moms and dads to make sure their children memorize the songs of Watts, Wesley, Toplady, and so many others."
Bob Lepine, vice president of FamilyLife Today, Radio Host
"Jonathan Edwards said that no light in the understanding is good which does not produce holy affection in the heart. Both in their music and now in this book, Keith and Kristyn Getty demonstrate how God-centered singing creates holy affection in the hearts of Gods people. I therefore urge any who are concerned to bring our God the worship He deserves to read this book alongside Edwards
Treatise on Religious Affections."
Samuel Logan, president emeritus of Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and associate international director of The World Reformed Fellowship
"I love Keith and Kristyn Getty! As friends. As songwriters. As worship leaders. They never fail to uplift and inspire my heart to sing! I pray that not only their music but this book will do the same for others."
Anne Graham Lotz, author, speaker, and daughter of Billy Graham
"We Africans love singing and our singing is often incredibly melodious and robust. Finally, here is a book to help us as church leaders and congregants think through how we can turn this wonderful gift into truly biblical heartfelt worship. This book is amazingly readable and practical. Starting from the basics, the Gettys warmly challenge us all to sing the glorious truths of God in our families and churches. And who is better suited to do this than the couple that God has marvelously used to revive Christ-centered hymn singing across the globe in our generation? Having read this book, I just want to do one thingsing!"
Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and Chancellor of the African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia.
"The Gettys are a precious benediction from heaven to enrich our praise. They have been used by the Lord to provide theologically rich, singable music for the church in this generation. More than anyone else they have led in the long awaited revival of hymns which have always been the true music of the church."
John MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church
"As Ive monitored trends in todays church music, Ive longed for someone with insight and courage to write a book like this. Its not enough to recommend it to you. I also recommend you pass it along to your church, your small group, your choir, and even the friends on your Christmas list. We need to talk about whats happening to todays worship. We need to make sure were singing to the Lord with all His truth flowing through our hearts and filling our lungs and pleasing our Lord. Were made for this, but were missing this. Let Keith and Kristyn give you voice lessons for the soul with this book that rings with their convictions and experiences. Read it and sing!"
Robert Morgan, author of Then Sings My Soul
"I have read a lot about worship and about music in worship but never before just about singing! What a wonderful subject, and what a wonderful book. I did not think I needed yet another reason to be grateful to Keith and Kristyn Getty. But now I have one!"
Richard Mouw, president emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary
"One of Martin Luthers earliest books stressed two things essential to the church service: the sermon and congregational singing. This book by the Gettys makes an urgent call to Christians in our day not to forfeit our great privilege to sing the praise due to our Creator and Redeemer. Read it and, then, sing."
Stephen J. Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer, Ligonier Ministries
"Keith and Kristyn Getty are good friends of mine and good gifts from God to His Church. They teach, help, and lead us to sing in a way that reveres the holiness of God, reflects the Word of God, edifies the Church of God, and compels us on mission for God in a world that desperately needs to know His glory."
David Platt, author of Radical and president of the International Mission Board
"Keith and Kristyn have been an inspiration to me, as well as many others. This great book is a challenging treatise on Christian sing- ing that every pastor and worship leader regardless of any culture, should put into practice along with the Bible in order that the churchs singing becomes a major part of what the life-changing experience of worship is."
Yusin Pons, worship leader and songwriter, Baptist Convention of Western Cuba
"Sing! is not just a book; its a revolution. The music of Keith and Kristyn Getty has been a movement in our churches. Now this book will take the movement from the platform to the congregation. What a gift the Gettys are to our churches. What a gift this book is for our churches future."
Thom S. Rainer, author of I Am a Church Member and president of LifeWay Christian Resources
"There are many who sing out of love for the art although this sounds very artistic. When we talk about singing to God, doing so out of love for the art is not enough. Keith and Kristyn combine biblical precision and agile writing to show us the privilege and beauty of worshipping our Lord through song. This very easy-to- read book has already become a reference that will certainly aid me in the formation of a new generation of worshippers, in the personal as well as in the family and congregational context."
Otto Sanchez, author and pastor of Ozama Baptist Church
in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
"Im more than excited by Keith and Kristyns new book: its short, highly readable, while making a profoundly compelling case for singing as a key discipling tool in our personal lives, our families, the church, and even in reaching the millennials. I particularly like the bonus track for pastors as a catalyst for making sure I am being faithful in encouraging my congregation to sing to Gods glory. This book is a real gift to the twenty-first-century Church. It literally makes you want to sing!"
Ronald Scates, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church (ECO), San Antonio, Texas
"I absolutely loved this book. Why? Because it had a great tone, was deep and rich, biblical, practical, informative, insightful, and helpful. Excuse the pun, but they are singing my tune. It should be must reading for all contemporary song writers (other than Keith and Kristyn, of course!)."
Mike Sharrett, assistant pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church (PCA), Willow Grove, PA
"We know and often gladly use the Gettys music in our local church. In our opinion it meets the biblical criteria for church music. They are wonderful songs, on all levels, and make a deep impact in the lives of worshippers."
E.J. (Rassie) Smit, chairperson of The Liturgical Commission of the General Synod of the Reformed Churches, South Africa
"Congregational singing seems to be the biblical command that many have forgotten. Here in Sing! the Gettys tell us why it matters and how to bring it back. You and your church need this book."
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham distinguished chair, Wheaton College
"Few capture the vision of the true purpose of congregational worship like my friend Keith Getty. In the same way his songs have blessed us for decades, this book is a gift to the church and inspiring to anyone who longs to understand how near our corporate song is to the heart of God."
Laura Story, worship leader and songwriter
"Its one thing to sing a praise song to God by yourself; its quite another when Christian friends join in with harmony. God designed and created us to sing together! Keith and Kristyn have a passion to get the church singing communally with voices blending in sweet accord, and their remarkable new book Sing! serves as a practical guide to reintroduce the church to classic and current hymns of the faith. You can help bring a fresh, Spirit- blessed ministry of music to your small group or congregation, just using the book you hold in your hands . . . so flip the page and get singing!"
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
"I am thankful for the music of Keith and Kristyn Getty. Their music has been embraced globally, and Australian churches in particular have been encouraged to find their singing voice through their timeless hymns. I have seen diverse congregations around Australia, of every age group, find a common voice through Keith and Kristyns excellent, singable, and deeply rich hymns. I couldnt be more thankful for this new book Sing! and look forward to Aussie churches finding yet another wonderful resource from the Gettys to encourage us to enjoy our singing and allow our singing to help shape our mission as a part of the global church.
"Ive had the privilege of sitting in on many of Keiths training days as we have traveled around the United States, and now all of that insight and encouragement is in this new book Sing!. As some- one who has seen younger generations in Australia engage with the beauty of the gospel through Keith and Kristyns hymns, I am thankful for their passion to encourage the global church to sing, most obviously through their own timeless and excellent hymn writing, and now in their latest resource for churches everywhere, Sing!."
Nathan Tasker, award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, speaker, and director of Art House, Nashville, Tennessee
"As someone who seeks to communicate the Word of God Im so aware that songs have great power to teach. They reach into the heart and mobilize the will in such a profound way, and Im therefore deeply grateful for the faithfulness to Scripture that characterizes Keith and Kristyns hymns. Songs bring us to the truth or cause us to sway from the truth and, therefore, we must celebrate those whose musical gifts are so wonderfully under the authority of Scripture."
Rico Tice, senior minister, All Souls Langham Place, founder, Christianity Explored Ministries, and author of Honest Evangelism and Capturing God
"In Sing! Keith and Kristyn describe some of the essential themes that have shaped and renewed our congregational singing here at The Village Chapel. Sing! informs, inspires, and encourages church leaders to consider how they can lead their congregations to a more robust worship of the living God. An essential read, an essential call, at an essential time.
"I know of no book the does what the Gettys book on congregation singing does. It is informative, convicting, and motivating and every pastor and serious Christian should read it."
Paul Tripp, author and president of Paul Tripp Ministries
"One of the churchs greatest treasures is congregational singing. When you join your voice to those of your brothers and sisters in praise of King Jesus, you are looking up to God as Redeemer and around to the people who have been redeemed. Sing! is a book of encouragement, warning, and guidance that will help ensure that the next generation does not lose the precious treasure of singing together."
Trevin Wax, author of This Is Our Time, Counterfeit Gospels, and Gospel-Centered Teaching
"As a follower of Jesus, husband, father, grandfather, and pastor, Sing! hits a sphere of our life that is not addressed enough: singing and our spiritual formation as people and especially in community. As a pastor, the latter is particularly meaningful (and helpful) to me."
Dean Weaver, lead pastor of Memorial Park and moderator of Evangelical Presbyterian Church
"Keith and Kristyn Getty have given their lives to demonstrate the power of doctrinally-faithful hymns old and new, inspiring a new generation of hymn-lovers. Now they have written a wonderful book to show us why and how this can be done. We enthusiastically commend it to you."
Robert and Nancy (DeMoss) Wolgemuth, authors/speakers who love to sing to the Lord
fussyme5 Stars Out Of 5Life changing bookMarch 9, 2018fussymeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This an awesome book! Everyone should read it. I have the greatest respect for Keith and Kristyn Getty and the way they approach ministry and singing. I am a professional singer and one of my greatest frustrations lies in the fact that people view singing (even in church) as being something best left to the "professionals". As a professional myself, I believe this is a complete falsehood that we need to reject completely. Singing is for all of us. SING!!!
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5We Need to Talk About SingingDecember 11, 2017Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My husband said, Amen, and five voices immediately joined his as we sang our morning blessing song around the breakfast table. Seth, an overnight guest, looked from face to face with an expression bordering on terror until we sang the last note, and then blurted, Do you do this often?
Because we wanted our children to be singers, we sang.
Because we wanted them to know the old hymns, we passed out hymnals around the table, and we have sung our way through their pages multiple times.
Keith and Kristyn Getty have made similar choices for their young family and Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family,and Church is the first paragraph in what they hope will become an ongoing conversation about singing. When they say, We need to talk about singing, theyve gone first, setting forth their heart beat concerning the massive implications of the biblical command to sing.
History is on their side. Martin Luther emphasized preaching the Word as well as singing the Word:
Let God speak directly to His people through the Scriptures, and let His people respond with grateful songs of praise.
Even so, the Gettys emphasis on congregational singing feels counter-cultural in our current environment that emphasizes up-front singing. When Paul said to sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, he was addressing the whole church, not a team of specialists. He was inviting them into one of the greatest and most beautiful tools weve been given to declare Gods excellence.
Just as all Christians have been declared to be witnesses, we are also declared to be singers, designed for singing, and even if our voices are not of performance quality, we can lift them as part of the fulfillment of our chief end: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Awareness of our role as one puzzle piece in the cosmos, each doing one part to sing the mighty power of God puts everything in perspective and drives home the lesson that even our singing is not about us.
The Gettys have taken Colossians 3:16 as a commandment that also specifies how we sing:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
How different our gathered worship would be if every part of it could be done with grace in our heart to the Lord!
You are not singing Christianly if you are singing only with your lips. The root of true thankfulness is the gratitude in our hearts for the unmerited benefits of Gods goodness in our lives.
The camp where our family volunteers (and where, back in the day, our kids were all campers) has a robust music component to its ministry philosophy with singing at meals, in morning chapel, in Bible classes, and then at the end of the day with evening chapel and more singing. We love this because the truth goes home with the campers in memorable and shareable form, often into very dark places that would otherwise never have the light of Truth.
Singing deep songs of the Lord keeps the right voice loudest in our ears.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time reading the journals of well-known missionaries knows that the pages are crammed with hymn lyrics and this is because their hearts had been shaped and deeply imprinted by the truth the hymns convey. The vehicle of music carries lyrics deeply and effortlessly into our brains, and well-written hymns convey a freight of rich theological truth. The Gettys mission in their creative composition of modern day hymns is to foster that same connection between spiritually compelling words and music that captures the imagination.
The aim of Sing is that believers would move toward a more robust singing life in our homes and in our churches; that we would sing truth and sing it as though it is true. By singing to one another, we affirm the truth and strengthen one another in our convictions. By singing to others, we invite them into the knowledge of the Truth in a way thats winsome and challenging; and we inch our way toward bringing about the fulfillment of our own prayer:
. . . on Earth as it is in Heaven.
This book was provided by B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
sigasa5 Stars Out Of 5inspiring readNovember 24, 2017sigasaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5beautiful book and a brilliant resource
Wynsome5 Stars Out Of 5Helpful Resource for Music Ministry LeadersOctober 25, 2017WynsomeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As soon as Sing! arrived, I began reading it and sharing the contents with others engaged in the music ministry of our church. It is well-written and has practical suggestions to assist those who are dedicated to enhancing congregational singing. The size and length of the book make it very user friendly and I would highly recommend that it become a fixture in the library of pastors, musicians, worship leaders, and composers.
Proverbial Truths5 Stars Out Of 5Great Resource for Worship LeadersSeptember 27, 2017Proverbial TruthsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church by Keith and Kristyn Getty is a compact book that provides the reader a multitude of reasons for congregational singing. The Gettys have done a nice job incorporating Scripture and quotations from theologians to help make the case that singing together as a group can change the lives of individuals, families and entire church congregations. The book aims to encourage people to sing, even if singing isn't their particular gift, by noting that God looks at the heart, not the harmony. In the same way, when people, regardless of their skill level, begin to hear and believe the words of truth they are singing, their worship becomes more real.
This book is a great resource for pastors, worship leaders, musicians, song writers and music industry production teams. There are "Bonus Tracks" for each of these groups at the end of the book which give insightful questions and suggestions to encourage congregational singing.
As a layperson who does not carry a tune, but loves singing and all things pertaining to music, I appreciated learning about the things that worship leaders and musicians should consider in order to encourage 100 percent of their members to sing in church. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter were helpful and thought-provoking as well.
Sing! would make a better study for worship leaders than for congregation members. Even so, the non-musician will still appreciate reading the occasional song lyrics in the book and being reminded that the most important things are singing with your heart, believing what you sing and not worrying what you sound like.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes and the opinions I have expressed in my review are entirely my own.