I’d like to offer my thanks to Lifeway/B&H Publishing Group for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book is a gift to the church. I’ve read many books on worship, congregational singing, worship leadership, etc. This one ranks near the top. Keith and Kristyn Getty blend biblical wisdom with clever and concise writing to produce this wonderful little book.
In Sing: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church, well known hymn-writers and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty (co-author of “In Christ Alone”) teach us why we need to sing. In right at 100 pages, this short book is dripping with wisdom from the couple that is arguably one of the most influential in modern Christian music. I read this book in a few short sittings, and it was well worth it.
The first half of the book gives a theological overview of congregational singing and shows the need of the church in every generation to sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:18). In this book, the Getty’s teach us how to sing better. Not with our vocal cords, but with our hearts. According to this book, we are created, commanded, and compelled to sing with our hearts and minds. They go on to give instructions on how this is to be done within the context of our families and local churches. The final chapter shows that our congregational singing is a witness to the world around us about the glory of God in the gospel of Christ. There are several “bonus tracks” at the end of the book with incredibly helpful instruction for pastors, worship leaders, musicians, choirs, production teams, songwriters, and more.
This book is short, but directly to the point. Honestly, I love that this book was 100 pages. It was 100 pages of meaty content with no filler. First-time authors Keith and Kristyn Getty have delivered with a loaded book that is remarkably comprehensive for its size. I enjoyed this book, and I plan on reading it again. As a worship leader, I plan on buying copies of it for team members and going through it with them. As a worshipper, I am encouraged and inspired to raise my voice in praise of my Savior.