STYLE: Biography and Autobiography RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 105603-BOK577 LABEL: 9781434702371 FORMAT: Book General book RELEASE DATE: 2011-02-21 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Peter Timmis
Shortly after one of the best loved bands in Christian music, Delirious? played their final show late in 2009, frontman and songwriter Smith talked about feeling that he had "completed the assignment". As fans know, Smith's "assignment" took him all over the globe playing to thousands of fans and into the UK's mainstream music charts but this honest and intimate book is less about the thrill of being in a successful rock group and is more about Martin following God's plan for his life. That's not to say there's a lack of rock 'n' roll behaviour documented here. You won't, for example, be able to listen to "Rain Down" again without the image of Daniel Bedingfield singing his heart out wearing just his boxer shorts popping into your head. The most moving moments though are found during Martin's trips to India and the helplessness he felt while visiting the poverty-stricken children there. Visits that resulted in the formation of the CompassionArt charity that is now Smith's main focus. Delirious is an inspiring book, not just for fans of Martin's former band, but also for those keen to follow God's path in their own lives.
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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.