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He's been faithful : trusting God to do what only He can do
Cymbala, Carol.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, [2001]

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172 pages ; 22 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
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BR1700.3 .C95 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Carol Cymbala, director of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, shares inspiring evidence that God inhabits the praises of his people. She recounts the stories of people who have been dramatically changed by the power of prayer and worship, her own story of her life and ministry , and her approach to leading music so that every believer can experience God in authentic worship.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In her debut book, Cymbala tells the awe-inspiring story of her transformation from a shy, Midwestern girl who couldn't read music to the director of the award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Despite the power of this story, her main purpose is not to tell it, or any of the stories of her choir members that appear throughout the book, but instead to support her titular message of God's faithfulness. As such, the book does not present a linear narrative of Cymbala's life, the Brooklyn Tabernacle or the 275-member choir, but instead reveals pieces here and there, just at the point when those pieces best illustrate her various points about God and Christian life. This approach creates a good deal of interest and suspense; choir member Josh Carroll's story, for example, leaves readers curious about its loose ends and then picks up again a few chapters later in the form of his girlfriend's narrative. Unlike many writers eager to display God's power in the most dramatic light possible, Cymbala combines tragic life stories with others that are much more conventional, effectively demonstrating that God can transform every kind of life, not just those that have hit rock bottom. And she refrains from over-sensationalizing even the most bizarre stories, such as one about a demonically possessed couple who attempted to take over the church many years ago. The integrity of her narrative and the way she presents it put Cymbala in a class with Christian writers who straightforwardly tell stories and leave the fireworks to God. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Cymbala's book is very like many others of its kind, presenting lessons from life her own, her family's, those of her friends and acquaintances while guiding our morals and spiritual life. Cymbala writes her lessons with verve and effectiveness, but readers will be especially interested in her book because she is the director of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, four times presented with the Grammy Award for "Best Gospel Album by a Choir or Chorus." It is fascinating to see how, and how powerfully, Christian faith informs both Cymbala's labors and the work of her choir. Strongly recommended for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
1 Nothing Is Impossiblep. 13
2 My Providerp. 29
3 God Is Workingp. 43
4 Where Everything Beginsp. 59
5 Living the Lyricsp. 75
6 The Sacrifice of Praisep. 93
7 The Song of the Redeemedp. 109
8 The Most Excellent Wayp. 123
9 I Want Outp. 135
10 Fighting for the Promisep. 147
11 He's Been Faithfulp. 163