You are invited into someone’s bedroom, and the door is shut behind you. That person takes out his journal and says, “Here. Read this. I want it to encourage you.” This is the feeling given by the book Lifestories, written by Mark Hall, lead singer and songwriter for Casting Crowns.
Each chapter is the story of how a particular Casting Crown’s song was written. At the end are questions to encourage the reader to dig more deeply into the truth Hall is sharing, and to apply it to his or her own life.
Hall’s frankness and vulnerability with the struggles in his life make the book very relevant. Reading Lifestories feels like having coffee with an accountability partner who is encouraging you and spurring you on in your walk with Christ. It is also a very intimate experience.
The main theme of this book is passionate worship of God, not just on Sundays, but on every day of the week, throughout every moment. It challenges readers to pursue God in worship and love as a part of everyday life. Hall speaks of when he comes to church after a week of not pursuing God. He says he feels dried up and needy, like he is sapping life out from the sermon and worship. He then points out that Sunday mornings are a time to come to God with a heart full of worship after walking with God consistently the previous week.
Lifestories challenges its reader truly to pursue God -- to pursue loving Him and knowing Him. With its touching stories and open honesty, it points out the hand of God moving in and about everyday life. – Jenni Ritschard, Christian Book Previews.com
The people and events behind the songs of Casting Crowns
From the songwriter and lead singer of Christian Music’s award-winning band Casting Crowns comes a collection of stories about the events and people behind the songs of Casting Crowns’ self-titled debut album and their latest release, Lifesong.
Your appreciation for God’s grace will deepen as you read these stirring stories of a mother whose soft whisper drowned out the storm to praise the God who gave and took away her precious Erin; the high school football player in Alabama; the saints whose blanket was once a newspaper; the revolutionary from Romania; and the ‘Voice of Truth’ that finally broke through a grown man’s heart to quell a little boy’s fear.
Lifestories peeks past the CD liner notes, revealing how God used a student pastor and his band comprised of youth ministry workers to unveil His heart for us – one moving song at a time.