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Thursday 10th May 2007

John L Bell writes aid to congregational singing

AUTHOR, Greenbelt speaker and member of the Wild Goose Resource Group of the Iona Community, John L Bell has written a new book The Singing Thing Too. The book explores why people sing, how to encourage a congregation to learn a new song and how you can breathe new life into quality hymnody which has gone stale. CR

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Posted by Peter Gunstone in Lee Abbey, Devon, UK @ 20:03 on May 23 2007

The Iona Community’s John L. Bell (a recent speaker at Lee Abbey) is a modern-day pioneer in the encouragement and development of congregational song. These books share John’s insights distilled from over 20 years experience in which he has facilitated sung worship in venues as diverse as old people's homes with half a dozen hearing-aid users to large festivals with over 10,000 gathered for worship.

The first book, ‘The Singing Thing’, deal with the important question of why we sing, whereas the second volume, ‘The Singing Thing too’, discusses more practically how we can enable congregational song.

John writes with eloquence and wit, making this literary couplet a must for all church leaders and musicians seeking to facilitate communities of believers to express their faith through song.

Do not delay to read these books!



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