Jim Pruitt - Contemporary Christian Musician's Survival Manual

Published Sunday 24th June 2007
Jim Pruitt - Contemporary Christian Musician's Survival Manual
Jim Pruitt - Contemporary Christian Musician's Survival Manual

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Kenneth James Pruitt ISBN 1411601173
FORMAT: Book General Resource

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

American bassist Jim Pruitt first became involved in CCM when he was converted at the age of 13 up until what he describes as "20 odd years of apostasy." After coming back to the Lord, Pruitt became involved in CCM again and, to help him get answers to unresolved questions about the industry, he has written the Contemporary Christian Musician's Survival Manual. Subtitled Biblical Principles Applied To Common Issues Facing Contemporary Christian Musicians, this is a very down to earth and hands on tool which will be of use - and not least a challenge - to the faithful small church worship group and the Nashville megastar alike. Pruitt rightfully warns the reader that to go headlong into a music ministry without seeking God's purpose is asking for trouble and the cause of a lot of what is ungodly in the industry today. With this as the basis of his writings, Pruitt sets out to help Christian musicians recognise what impact their own lives have on their sometimes naive and impressionable audience and guide them to a place of fruitfulness through obedience to God. There are some thorny issues tackled here - from band relations and authority to the business element of music, together with staying on track spiritually and thoughts on being involved in secular music. On the whole, Pruitt challenges the reader in a firm but loving manner. Thankfully, Pruitt is careful to link his opinions back to Scripture at every opportunity making it easier for the reader to cross-reference and wrestle with the findings presented throughout the book and he wisely seasons what is a potentially heavy subject matter with humorous anecdotes of various musical disasters from his own experience. This book serves as a wake up call to get our lives and therefore our music ministries right with God and the section on reverse engineering will be extremely helpful for those already in the thick of CCM to help get things in line and survive in what is a tough field of ministry.

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Reader Comments

Posted by RalphtheWonderLlama in Mars @ 08:49 on Jul 14 2007

What good is a survival manual written by someone who didn't survive? The author isn't even involved in CCM any more, because he couldn't get his own band on board with the ideas in this book. There is some practical advice here, but there's also a lot of self-righteous finger-pointing, and while there's a lot of Scripture quoted, much of it is ripped out of context and crammed into a framework of faulty logic and questionable assertions.

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