Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Johann Sebastian Bach

Author: Rick Marschall
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
(April 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781595551085

My Review:

Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall (part of the Christian Encounter series) is a highly inspirational book that goes into the life of one of the greatest composers in history. It gives us a peek inside his life, faith, and musical genius--showing us how his faith and music were absolutely interconnected. Although, it is bent toward the more musically inclined, it nevertheless is a work any reader will appreciate. The areas which relate to his personal life, his knowledge of the Scriptures, his family background, his library, his personality, his devout determination that everything he wrote was to the glory of God, make this a fascinating reading experience.

The book is not lengthy and can be read in a short time. It would make an excellent edition to a musician’s library; school or home library. It is pocket sized which can be carried in a tote or notebook and would make a nice gift for student or teacher. I have very little training in music, but did enjoy reading about a man who had written many of the songs I have listened to over my entire life.

The book also includes a chapter of notes and a bibliography. I highly recommend this read.

(Thank you to Thomas Nelson for my review copy.)

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