Book Review: Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church, by Keith and Kristyn Getty
The Gettys are all about singing. Keith and Kristyn Getty are well known for writing new hymns for the church. They have now turned their attention to talking about singing. “Not about up-front singing, but whole-church singing—congregational singing…. This book is about singing together as the church in a way that impacts all of your life.”
The book has 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.
If you boil the book down into one paragraph, the book
…has a very simple aim: that you would sing truth, and sing it as though it is true. As you wake each day, and as you walk through your day, we pray that the lyrics and melodies of your faith will ring around the spaces where you live your life. As you walk into church next Sunday, we pray that you will be excited about sharing in the privilege of lifting your voice with God’s people, to “sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” And as you sing, we pray that you would experience the awesome joy of knowing that you are joining in with the great song of praise that resounds through every age, that stretches throughout this world and into every inch of creation, and that is being sung, right now as you read, in the very courts of heaven.
The book itself is very short—only 101 pages. Each chapter also contains discussion questions at the end so that you can think about it personally or discuss it in a small group. The final 40+ pages are written specifically for pastors and elders; worship and song leaders; musicians, choirs, and production; and songwriters and creatives.
Taken to heart, the book will change how you think about singing in general, and especially about singing in the church.
Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program http://www.bhbloggers.com/. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.