Friday, November 21, 2014

Book Review- Every Valley Advent with the Scriptures of Handel's Messiah

Every Valley
Advent with the Scriptures of Handel’s Messiah
Publisher:  Westminster John Knox Press

From Inside The Book:
Handel's Messiah is one of the most beloved musical works of the western world, playing an especially sentimental role in many people's Christmas traditions. The libretto of the work, taken directly from the King James text of fourteen books of the Bible, has turned many otherwise forgettable phrases into memorable, singable, cherished lines of Scripture.

Forty reflections journey in order through the oratorio, taking the reader deeper into less-often studied texts like Malachi 3:3 and bringing new light to oft-recited passages like Luke 2:9-14. Each reflection offers the libretto from Messiah, the same passage in NRSV, and a brief commentary on the text, written by a respected scholar or pastor. Readers can peruse the book at leisure or examine one reflection per day throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.

My Thoughts:
Until reading this book of the scripture and story behind Handel’s Messiah, I never really listened to more than the Hallelujah Chorus.  I always thought it was just another beautiful Christmas Carol.  However, after reading this book and listening to Handel’s Messiah, in my opinion is something that should be sung often.  It foretells the birth of Jesus, the actual birth, suffering and rescue of God’s chosen people (Israel), the triumphant entry to Jerusalem, betrayal, death, burial, resurrection and eternal life. 

This is just what the title implies…an in-depth devotional for the Advent season.  I would highly recommend this especially if you would like something deeper than the usual Advent devotionals. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Westminster John Knox Press , through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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