Music is a medium of spiritual communication that is arguably more popular and more effective than the spoken word: only images, from stained-glass windows to prayer wheels, could challenge its hold over the human imagination. Giles, a professional musician himself and vicar of St. Mary Magdalene in North London, has written a light and accessible series of reflections on a huge variety of anthems, canticles, and psalms through their musical settings, touching gently on the composers' lives and approaches. The music selected-to be heard on the accompanying CD, executed by the soundly competent Gloriae Dei Cantores-is by no means the obvious Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart; Giles and the Cantores take on Lotti, Charles Ives, and Leo Sowerby, as well as William Byrd and Palestrina. This brief but charming book-and-CD set will remain timely through the Christmas season. Includes a four-session Group Study guide; for most collections.