I had the privilege of writing a book called Missing Jewel, which tells the story of the the UK Worship movement from 1961 onwards.
What an opportunity to honour the pioneers and document the development of British sacred music through the decades; leading to seeing the worship songs of the UK leave the island and bless the nations. Psalm 71 says: One generation shall tell another generation of God’s marvellous deeds........ and what a story it is!
Also on this page are other books I have been reading and would like to recommend.
A W Tozer famously described worship as the missing jewel of the Evangelical Church. Since he penned those words in 1961, there has been an explosion of musical and lyrical creativity in churches across the United Kingdom
From encountering God in house churches to declaring His praise in Stadiums, contemporary worship has transformed the British Church and spread across the world.
I was privileged to have a front row seat for much of this time.
In Missing Jewel I tell this story, using my own experiences and inspiring first-hand accounts of the many musicians, songwriters and Church leaders who found themselves part of a journey that continues to bless and exhilarate new generations of believers.
I interviewed over 50 key worship contributors for this book including people like Matt Redman, Graham Kendrick, Martin Smith, Darlene Zschech, Mike Pilavachi, Tim Hughes, Dave Bilbrough, Chris Bowater, Noel Richards, Brian Doerksen and Stuart Townend.
“A compelling chronicle of the Spirit's work through His people, to move His Church to worship in spirit and truth” - Louie Giglio, Pastor - Passion City Church, Atlanta, USA