About 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. This gift-worthy book will delight and inspire classical music fans and those for whom Messiah is a beloved Christmas tradition with essays exploring the theological, historical, and pastoral implications of the Scriptures that make up Handel's Messiah. 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 About The Book: Every year as Advent draws nearer I begin to look for an Advent devotional that helps me get into the mindset of the season. I chose this book because there is nothing more beautiful than Handel's Messiah. I was not disappointed. Each chapter is titled, has some solid scripture and then there is a reflective piece from the scriptures used. It was a wonderful way to begin or end the day. I used it in the morning and chose to begin each day basking in the Word of God through Handel's Messiah. Chapter 32 was my favorite because it was the Hallelujah. When I finished my reading for that day I wanted to stand up and shout. This would make a lovely gift for a special friend. It is also a book you would want in your library. Loved it!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Netgalley as part of their Book Review Blogger Programs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!