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  1. Nate Weis
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book that is worth reading more than once.
    September 11, 2017
    Nate Weis
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Id like to offer my thanks to Lifeway/B&H Publishing Group for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    This book is a gift to the church. Ive read many books on worship, congregational singing, worship leadership, etc. This one ranks near the top. Keith and Kristyn Getty blend biblical wisdom with clever and concise writing to produce this wonderful little book.

    In Sing: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church, well known hymn-writers and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty (co-author of In Christ Alone) teach us why we need to sing. In right at 100 pages, this short book is dripping with wisdom from the couple that is arguably one of the most influential in modern Christian music. I read this book in a few short sittings, and it was well worth it.

    The first half of the book gives a theological overview of congregational singing and shows the need of the church in every generation to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18). In this book, the Gettys teach us how to sing better. Not with our vocal cords, but with our hearts. According to this book, we are created, commanded, and compelled to sing with our hearts and minds. They go on to give instructions on how this is to be done within the context of our families and local churches. The final chapter shows that our congregational singing is a witness to the world around us about the glory of God in the gospel of Christ. There are several bonus tracks at the end of the book with incredibly helpful instruction for pastors, worship leaders, musicians, choirs, production teams, songwriters, and more.

    This book is short, but directly to the point. Honestly, I love that this book was 100 pages. It was 100 pages of meaty content with no filler. First-time authors Keith and Kristyn Getty have delivered with a loaded book that is remarkably comprehensive for its size. I enjoyed this book, and I plan on reading it again. As a worship leader, I plan on buying copies of it for team members and going through it with them. As a worshipper, I am encouraged and inspired to raise my voice in praise of my Savior.
  2. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    We Need to Talk About Singing
    December 11, 2017
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My 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?

    We did.

    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.

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    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.
  3. Proverbial Truths
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Resource for Worship Leaders
    September 27, 2017
    Proverbial Truths
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sing! 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.

  4. Academy252
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Ministry Resource!
    October 8, 2018
    Academy252
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a small, almost gift sized, book but it is loaded with encouragement for God's people to sing to the glory of God. They say more in 150 pages than many say in a multiple volumes on the same subject. It is a brilliant resource for families and churches.

    Music and lyrics matter Keith and Kristyn Getty are on a mission to bring worship true worship, in spirit and truth, back to our congregations and families. This book is a great conversation starter for those who want to worship God in this way.

    Keith and Kristyn have spent their lives in worship and music in churches and have a great deal of wisdom to share on the topic. They share scripture, quotes and wisdom from famous hymn writers throughout church history. It is a book of encouragement to worship with abandon. It is a book to show us how singing in our congregations and daily lives can be a witness to those who do not know Christ. This would be a great book to read together in small groups and worship team gatherings. Each chapter includes some questions for further discussion.

    Creativity comes from God and they encourage those in ministry to stretch those creative wings in the final sections of the book by sharing some specifics with pastors, teachers, worship leaders and songwriters.

    I highly recommend this book for your church ministry teams and your own family. It is a fantastic resource!
  5. fussyme
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life changing book
    March 9, 2018
    fussyme
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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!!!
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