“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.”
Proverbs 3:13 (NLT)
I recently received another book to review, Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church by Keith and Kristyn Getty. It is a compact book that provides 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.
As I was thinking about how singing relates to Bible study, I thought of Proverbs 3:13, which reminds us that we find joy when we seek out the truths in God’s word, and one way we can discover those truths is by singing them.
Sing! 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.
However, I believe Sing! makes 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.