Special Book Review from Vocal Coach Chris Beatty
Surprised By Worship by Travis Cotrell
Reviewed by Chris Beatty
“Worship out of whatever pains you, concerns you, or absolutely delights you,” writes Travis Cottrell. That continuous state of worship “happens when we connect our heart with the heart of God.”
Travis clearly speaks from personal experience. Throughout the book we are challenged to have greater vision in letting God define who we are and who He is in our lives. He also encourages us to be willing to put aside our limited definition of what worship is and let God’s definition take the lead.
I love the idea of being Surprised By Worship. It sets me up to look for something new and totally unexpected. Those bigger-than-life surprises from God that let me know He’s just waiting for me to be available and vulnerable. Travis definitely has a grasp on where most of us are, or have been in our worship experiences. He takes that knowledge, adds Scriptural truth and then challenges and leads us to a more satisfying experience.
In hindsight, Travis reflects: “Before placing me in a ministry of worship, God wanted me to likewise learn that worship is far more beautiful and diverse than this one-dimensional, cocky little redneck from the mountains of North Carolina had ever thought.” Toward the end of the book Travis recalls the account of Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego from Daniel 3. These young Hebrew men were willing to walk out their faith even when it did not look too promising. They knew what God said to do, and they did it. How much more should we be willing to take God literally in all He says . . . and be Surprised By Worship.
Surprised By Worship is available at amazon.com in hard copy or as a Kindle download.
Chris Beatty is a Christian vocal coach (vocalcoach.com) and songwriter (Holy Ground). He lives in Brentwood TN with his wife, Carole.