June 23, 2012

The Greatest Sermon Ever Sung

Handel's Messiah is perhaps one of the most well-known pieces of music in the English language. And, for the past 3+ years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know it much more intimately. Pastor Tony Pittenger (ELS) of Port Orchard, WA, approached me to illustrate his "Bible study" on the Messiah. I was very happy to accept, although I had no idea how long it would take or how much work would be involved. Nevertheless, it's nice to look back on the finished product now and be proud of how it turned out.

The book is written to be a listener's guide to the Messiah. Pittenger's commentary explains the theology of the scripture selections, Handel's artistic devices, and, occasionally, relevant historical background. The commentaries are about the right length to read while the music is playing. The book also includes Bible study outlines in the back, in order to facilitate its use as a devotional study or group Bible study. I can personally say that illustrating the book has not only has made me better acquainted with the music, but it has brought me closer to my Savior. I think that reading and studying the book with the music and its illustrations will do the same for you.

It really is a fantastic book, and I know of nothing else like it on the market. It retails for $22.95, which is already a great price for a full-color, 40-page, hardcover book. But you can order them autographed from the author for $18 USD + shipping. We've sold over half of the first printing in the four months since it has been published. If you would like your own copy, you can purchase them online here: www.facebook.com/MessiahBook.

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