Today, the new, long-awaited album from the David Crowder* Band, Church Music, hits the streets.
It’s a good CD and a few of us differ on our opinions on it. Go read the review before you buy the CD!
The Joint brings you another multiple viewpoint review of this fantastic record. Check it out here.
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Skeleton Bones

September 17, 2009 — 1 Comment

Below is my new favorite song. It’s from John Mark McMillan (writer of How He Loves).
I can’t wait to do this one in a church service.

John Mark McMillan – Skeleton Bones from john mark mcmillan on Vimeo.

You’ve been used to seeing The Joint multi-angle reviews for a while now on this blog.  The Joint is a music review with a difference.  It’s four guys involved in worship ministry but with different (sometimes very different) tastes in music.  This can often make for interesting reviews, in fact when we do agree on something, you can bet it’s an album you need to own.

The Joint is now too big for our wee blogs, so we have launched a brand-new standalone website.  I’ll still link to reviews from here, but you should bookmark http://www.thejointreview.com, or add to your RSS/news reader, etc. to keep up with all the latest reviews and giveaways.

We also have a new feature where we will be posting videos of us playing songs that can work with just a guitar to show you that you can play it!

Latest reviews now live on The Joint:

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl
Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World
By N.D. Wilson

“What is this place? Why is this place? Who approved it? Am I supposed to take it seriously?” What could such an outlandish, fantastical world say about its Creator?

In these sparkling chapters, Wilson gives an aesthetic examination of the ways in which humanity has tried to make sense of this overwhelming carnival ride of a world. He takes a whimsical, thought-provoking look at everything from the “magic” of quantum physics, to nature’s absurdities, to the problem of evil, evolution and hell.

As the author says, “Welcome to His poem. His play. His novel. His comedy. Let the pages flick your thumbs.”

I got this book in the mail from Thomas Nelson and was very excited to read it. I do have to say that I had a hard time doing so though. The book was very well written, very poetic and had amazing visuals, but lacked something. Maybe it was that it had too much.

The book is almost a stream of conciseness. While the writing and visuals were beautiful, abstract, enticing and even funny I found it all over the place.

I think overall this is a great book, but i would also say it’s a perfect book for somebody with literary ADD.

While the author is obviously a Christian and it deals much with God even a non believer would enjoy with poetic artistic pictures he paints of the universe.

If you Like Donald Miller you will love this book as well. Many stories almost like a blog in a book.

You Were Born For This

by: Bruce Wilkinson

Published Summary: His New York Times phenomenon The Prayer of Jabez changed how millions pray. Now Bruce Wilkinson wants to change what they do next.
Anyone can do a good deed, but some good works can only happen by a direct intervention from God. Around the world these acts are called miracles—not that even religious people expect to see one any time soon. But what would happen if millions of ordinary people walked out each morning expecting God to deliver a miracle through them to a person in need? You Were Born for This starts with the dramatic premise that everyone at all times is in need of a miracle, and that God is ready to meet those needs supernaturally through ordinary people who are willing to learn the “protocol of heaven.”
In the straightforward, story-driven, highly motivating style for which he is known, Wilkinson describes how anyone can be a “Delivery Guy” from heaven in such universally significant arenas of life as finances, practical help, relationships, purpose, and spiritual growth.

You Were Born for This will change how readers see their world, and what they expect God can do through them to meet real needs. They will master seven simple tools of service, and come to say with confidence, “I want to deliver a supernatural gift from God to someone in need today—and I expect to!”

My Thoughts:
I recieved this book in the mail a few weeks ago and I have to admit I read it with preconceived notions or judgments about what I would be reading. The title and little book blurbs caused great concern that what I was to read was The prayer of Jabez meets the Prosperity Gospel with a few words changed. I was completely floored when I got into that it was none of that.

This is a book that teaches you how to be open to God, how to listen for His prompts and or detours, and then most importantly how to act on it. So much of the Christian world these days is all talk and this book teaches you to take notice and the miracles God does and jump in and be a part of them.

I walked away from reading this excited and ready to be used by God.

I encourage everybody to read this book and read it with an open mind to what God has for you in your day to day.