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Martin Smith—one of the leading voices in the modern worship movement—shares his story, his insight, and his challenge to change the world. For seventeen years, Smith held the microphone for Delirious? the mega-selling, Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated band that helped bring the modern worship movement into existence. Here Martin reflects on everything from the craft of leading worship to the challenges of parenthood to how to find a place of compassion within a culture of consumerism. Along the way, he ...
Martin Smith—one of the leading voices in the modern worship movement—shares his story, his insight, and his challenge to change the world. For seventeen years, Smith held the microphone for Delirious? the mega-selling, Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated band that helped bring the modern worship movement into existence. Here Martin reflects on everything from the craft of leading worship to the challenges of parenthood to how to find a place of compassion within a culture of consumerism. Along the way, he challenges readers: Are you going to be spectators— or agents of change? Are you going to read history—or make it happen? Are you just going to sing the songs—or will you live them out? Always personal and often surprising, Smith's story will spur readers to embrace the action God wants them to take.
Posted February 25, 2011
Martin Smith is the lead singer for the band Delirious? - a band that was together for seventeen years and who changed the way worship is done. The band first came together under the name Cutting Edge, leading worship in their hometown. It took a potential tragedy for Martin to take a leap into something more. Martin, Anna and her brother Jon were driving back from a conference when Martin somehow went off the road. It was 2:30 in the morning. He woke up to find the dashboard pressed against his legs, unable to move. Anna and Jon received minor injuries while Martin had to have surgery to fix a broken femur. While in the hospital he talked with the other guys in the band and they decided to pursue music full time. "The simple truth is that we felt invincible. Not in our own strength - I still had the crutches and scars to remind me of my own fragility - but in God's. We were off to save the world. We were going to respond to the call that we had heard and join the rest of the movement to get beyond the walls of the church. A little over six months after the accident we cut the ropes and went full time, and the journey lasted another fifteen years."
I loved reading about the history behind some of the band's songs; to hear the heart of Martin and gain a peek into what he experienced both on and off stage while the band was together. I grew up listening to Delirious? so I enjoyed even more reading about five guys from England who's only goal was to worship God. I think reading about CompassionArt was one of the highlights of the book. To read about all of these big names in Christian music coming together in order to make a difference for others is amazing! And it all came about because Martin saw a need and wanted to do something about it. It's very cool to see what all he's accomplished and know he's not even close to being done. Reading Delirious has inspired me to do the same: to reach out to the hurting and share the love of Jesus.
Posted February 21, 2011
Martin Smith opens up his heart and tells the story of his life as a worship leader with the contemporary Christian band Delirious?. "Delirious: My Journey with the Band, a Growing Family, and an Army of Historymakers" tells about Martin's childhood days growing up in a middle-class Christian home in England. He learned to play a guitar at a young age and started leading worship in his home church as a teenager. He married Anna, a pastor's daughter, and became involved in his church's outreach events.
In 1995, Mr. Smith was involved in a near-fatal car accident. During his weeks of recovery, he decided to become a full-time musician. He became the lead singer for the band Delirious? and his career quickly took off. Martin and the other members of the band were talented song writers as well as performers. The band toured all over the world and drew huge crowds at Christian events.
The author honestly tells about the many advantages and trials that come with touring and being a member of a popular Christian band. He is brutally honest about some of the challenges that they faced. He is very quick to give God all the glory for the success that he and the band experienced. It was important for him to stay connected to his home church and to limit his touring schedule to not exceed ten days at a time. Mr. Smith expressed the difficult feelings that he had to face when he left his wife and six children to travel with the band.
Joyce Meyer invited the members of Delirious? to lead worship at their conferences in the United States and abroad. Mr. Smith writes about how his life was changed when the band traveled to India to lead worship for a Joyce Meyer conference with over four hundred thousand people in attendance. The author met Farin, the daughter of a prostitute living in a Mumbai slum. This girl was the same age as one of his daughters, and without help she too would end up facing life as a sex worker. Mr. Smith felt the Lord calling him to help the poor people in India. He organized CompassionArt to raise money to help relieve the extreme poverty in third world countries.
The last part of the book tells about the transition period that Mr. Smith and his family are experiencing since the band broke up. His faith is stronger than ever and the future is bright for this talented musician.
This book is fascinating and inspirational. I was touched by Mr. Smith's strong faith in Christ during his long journey with Delirious? and beyond.
Thank you to B&B Media Group for sending me a free copy of this book to read and review.
Posted February 4, 2011
Delirious by Martin Smith and Craig Borlase is the autobiography and journey of the lead singer of the edgy praise and worship group Delirious. It is also the story of how God used, and continues to use a man who is devoted to leading the body of Christ into worship and telling Christ's salvation message to the world.
Martin Smith shares his childhood of being raised in a Christian home, marrying his pastor's daughter , and his struggle to balance family, ministry, and career. He is honest and raw as he reveals the desire to usher in a fresh fire into the body of Christ, yet not always being accepted. He tells of the price he paid, time he forever lost with his wife and children, in an effort to balance ministry and commercialism.
Everything changed in 2007, when Smith met Farin while touring India, the daughter of a prostitute living in a slum. He reached this truth. "All the individualism stuff that our culture pushes at us-the idea that me matters more than we, that my rights trump our rights, that we are all our own little gods rather than servants of a great heavenly Maker - it's wrong. We were never meant to be alone, living out our faith without connection to other believers. We're part of a team called the church, and our team has the power to turn the world upside down, if only we could relinquish more of our own territory and pride and let God take control." That began CompassionArt, the ministry of Christian artists, joining forces to make a difference, meeting needs of the poor, becoming Christ's hands and feet.
Delirious, will bless you. It will strengthen you to continue raising your children in the knowledge of the Lord. It will encourage you to carefully look at your life to see if you have balance between family and ministry. It will cause you to seek God's face and ask what more He would have you do.
Posted March 17, 2013
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Posted August 12, 2011
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