by Mark Hall and Tim Luke
Mark Hall is lead singer of the group Casting Crowns, which is sold-out, on fire for Jesus. While accused of "singing to the choir", the group calls its ministry discipleship, and boy does the church need it. Last weekend I had the opportunity to hear the band in concert and it was an awesome experience. Afterwards I picked up Mark's book and highly recommend it to you, along with the group's CDs.
In Lifestories Mark shares his personal testimony as well as the stories behind his songs. The reader can tell that Mark is down in the trenches with us as he lives out a life of faith. While it's not always pretty and we all fail from time to time, Mark encourages us to continue seeking God's voice of truth - to stay in His word and in prayer so that we can truly know Him and strive to honour Him with our lives. He continually drives home the point that we can only reach the world for Christ when we are passionate about Him and authentic about ourselves. Each chapter includes the testimony of someone influenced by Casting Crowns' music, details about how God's voice speaks into the songs, and questions that get the reader to think about where she is in her own walk with the Lord. I personally found it very convicting and trust you will, too.