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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mirror Ball: Living Boldly and Shining Brightly For the Glory of God

I was really excited to get a copy of Mirror Ball by Matt Redman from Audra Jennings with B&B Media Group to review.  In case you aren't familiar with Redman, he is a worship leader, songwriter, and author.  Some of his well-known worship songs are "Blessed Be Your Name", which he co-wrote with his wife, "You Never Let Go", and "The Heart of Worship".  He lives on the South coast of England with his wife Beth and their five children.  You can visit Redman's website by going HERE.

This is what Matt has to say in Mirror Ball in regards to the passion of the Christian:
"So often we equate passion with volume and energy, and surely that can play an important part.  But when it comes to true passion, ultimately those things are just the tip of the iceberg -  the part most on display.  However, God looks beneath the surface, searching our hearts.  Yes, God does call us to sing.  He calls us to sing loudly, boldly, joyfully, and reverently before Him.  Just check out the exhortations in so many of the psalms for evidence.  God loves a shout of praise or a joyful noise brought in His name.  These things are great and important ways of expressing the explosive celebrations happening in our hearts.  But to complete the integrity of these offerings, God is looking for a people who will take their passion to the next level and begin to shine His light in their everyday lives. A people who will stand in the light of who He is and reflect His wonders for all the world to see."
"A passionate obedience to the Father and an unwavering commitment to His mission"...that's to be the passion of the worshipper according to Redman:
"But passionate worship is never a matter of merely getting the words and tune right or raising a loud shout.  The true test of our passion for God will always be our lives.  If I'm looking for a heightened way to tell God I love Him, the very best way has very little to do with stringing poetic sentences together.  It involves a life laid down in service and adoration.  The concrete evidence of whether our worship has lived or died in us will always be our lives.  We may sing our songs with good intentions, but in the end our lives must become the evidence."
I always have a highlighter when I sit down to read a book of this nature and if you were to open my copy of Mirror Ball you would see a whole lot of pink highlighter!  Redman's book is very well written and organized.  He encourages the worshipper to have a big view of God and to live a big life for Him always realizing that "what you know" must always be the servant of "Who you know".  Relationship and then reflection.

One fourth of the book is the included discussion guide, which was created for use in small groups, but could be useful for individuals reading through the book alone.  Each chapter has it's own set of discussion questions and begins with the lyrics from one of Redman's worship songs for reflection.  I can strongly recommend you to get this book.  Redman will challenge and encourage you to do something he seeks to do through his songs:
"Address the everyday but announce the eternal."

You can get your copy of the book by following the link to provided below: