"Was there life before Contemporary Christian Music?" is a question that few under the age of 40 are able to answer with any certainty today. The so-called "worship wars" of recent years have polarised opinion and split congregations.
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"Was there life before Contemporary Christian Music?" is a question that few under the age of 40 are able to answer with any certainty today. The so-called "worship wars" of recent years have polarised opinion and split congregations. Not that this should surprise us. Christian music has sparked controversy ever since its first mention in the book of Genesis.
In his new book, author Mike Spencer delves into the history of music in the church, from the Bible times right through to the present day. He looks at the relationship between music and some of the great events in Church History, and examines the lives of some of the men and women of God who have contributed to our rich musical heritage.
"I've read many book on Christian music but LET THE PEOPLE REJOICE is the most comprehensive and insightful to date! As an artist and worship pastor I appreciate Mike Spencer's knowledge of the historical journey of Christian music and the honor he brings to the great legacy of doxology!"
Scott Wesley Brown
"Christian music proliferates like never before, but most who enjoy it, and even many who make it, have only the vaguest idea of where it come from. Hence this fascinating and illuminating book that examines the whole history of Christian Music. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has even a passing interest in this wonderful story."
"Central to the life of Christians throughout the ages has been inspiring musical worship - music that not only transformed the worshipers, but often the whole society around them. In LET THE PEOPLE REJOICE, Mike Spencer traces the fascinating story of Christian music from its beginning in the Bible through to the present day. It's an extraordinary read for music lovers everywhere!"
Steve Greisen (President Exploration Films, touring Manager for Keith Green, and 2nd Chapter Acts)
"From Ignatius to Hillsong, from Bach to the Gaithers, from Wesley to Elvis, here is a brilliantly researched gem, walking us systematically from the birth of Christianity, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation, the Great Awakenings and into the spiritual insights and resources we enjoy today. Brightly illuminated by little known quotes from a myriad of sources and the discerning faith of the author."
Dennis and Nolene Prince (Resource Christian Music)