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Songs To Shake Us Up

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John Campbell has written 200 innovative hymn texts that succeed in stirring and challenging us to address serious issues that affect church and society.
John Campbell has written 200 innovative hymn texts that succeed in stirring and challenging us to address serious issues that affect church and society.

Quirky, distinctive and forthright, his lyrics don’t pull any punches.John has quite deliberately chosen well-known, congregation-friendly tunes, lowered to make them easily singable, so that the hymns can be sung immediately, with the focus on the words, not concentrating on learning a new tune.

There are just 15 tunes not usually found in a hymn book and these have all been recorded with their full lyrics on the accompanying CD. Also included is a CD-Rom of the complete texts of every hymn in the book for reproduction on service sheets.

John’s outstanding lyrics set us free to explore and express our faith and celebrate the love of life in all its fullness that lay at the heart of Jesus’ ministry.
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Product Code1400539
NameSongs To Shake Us Up
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorJohn Campbell
ISMN9790570422975
ISBN9781848678231
Barcode9790570422975
Short DescriptionJohn Campbell has written 200 innovative hymn texts that succeed in stirring and challenging us to address serious issues that affect church and society.
Pack Size1
Size225mm x 154mm
Count564 Pages
CoverSpiral
Date Published19 Jan 2016
Lead Time3 weeks (approx.) if out of stock
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As a worship leader, I will value this resource. It offers texts that say things no others do, and in ways I would not be able to create myself. Review by Nigel Udin (Minister of St Columba's and Fulbourn URC Cambridge
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Throughout 22 years ministering in urban multicultural settings, John Campbell has written hymns "to help the Bible come alive for today's urban believers". Two hundred of his texts are published in this book; accompanying CDs enable helpful previews and easy copying of both words and music on to service sheets (CCLI required). Each text offers Campbell's reflection on a Bible passage, having been written for a particular fellowship and setting. He describes them as "intentionally specific, contextual, immediate and ephemeral". Campbell cautions against assuming that everything written for so explicit a context is easily relevant to another.
Musically, the collection has two distinguishing features. First, although every text is new, almost all of the tunes ar familiar. Secondly, he has ensured that the tunes are transposed down - as much as a fourth - for ease of singing.
To aid reviewing of hymns, we sang them in a Sunday worship. After four Sundays, I invited emails with people's reactions. Oner person found the hymns "insightful without being garishly modern". Another was concerned that if the hymns are sung to well-known tunes, it would spoil both the words and the music of the original hymns. Another comment said that "new lyrics and reassuringly familiar tunes made it possible to focus on the words". Helped by the pastoral perceptions of some of Johns texts, one person said: "Sunday's hymns really struck a chord with the darkest days of my mum's dementia and I can imagine that it may be true for others where the person they love is not really that person anymore".
As a worship leader, I will value this resource. It offers texts that say things no others do, and in ways I would not be able to create myself. Some I would not select because the language is too every day for my taste, but many will significantly enhance both what we derive from biblical text and what we are able to offer in our praise and pondering. (Posted on 28/07/2016)

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