The Joy of Music Ministry by John Michael Talbot
A Review by Breda Coman
first chapter 'The music of God' goes through topics such as the Creation
of the World, the Fall, Redemption, Word and Sacrament, Discipleship,
liturgy etc in the Church. What has this to do with Music Ministry?
second chapter is my favourite called 'Biblical Basics'! When I read this
chapter I felt inspired to be a better musician but more important a Holy
one! It is so often forgotten but when we think about it makes perfect
sense….the more we love God the more you feel it and others feel it through
our music. So often we want to be the best and sound the best but yet
is it not more important that our hearts burn in love for Jesus with each
word we sing and each note we play!
third chapter is on 'Church Teaching' and again challenges us to watch
what we do and to see is it really for the glory of the Lord. Talbot pulls
no punches and is by no means out to please. He tells it as it is which
in my opinion makes him the leading musician that he is in America and
also is the reason why so many people are brought to a deep conversion
back to Christ.
4 Another great Chapter "The Master musician". Isn't it such a blessing that Christ knows everything about us and that every word and note sang and played draws us ever closer to His mercy and infinite love. He uses the very thing we love to make us Holy and to bring others to Him. Talbot…"The great musician must truly love music. It is not enough to learn to play the notes in a way that is technically correct. One must learn to find the spirit behind the note. For the singer of sacred song this is also true of every word. In this way music becomes sacramental" Well done John Michael Talbot!
For more information or if you want this book just look up Resurrection Press Publishers, a Catholic Book Publishing Imprint. For catalog call 1-800-892-6657, or go to the artist's website: www.johnmichaeltalbot.com