Sound Roots by Dr. Dana F. Everson
"This book is fascinating to read because it offers a fresh viewpoint on music that many people have not taken the time to consider. It provides the reader an opportunity to reconsider his/her beliefs about music, its place in his/her daily life, and its influence on us. I highly recommend this book for a quiet time of reflection." - Amazon review
If you are looking for a thorough, biblical treatment of the music issue, this is the book for you. It is 300+ pages and contains 3 distinct sections. The first section deals with the history of music and some opening thoughts. The second section digs through biblical passages concerning music, both obvious and some not so much. The third section includes dealing with arguments and false philosophies, and includes extremely useful appendices for quick answers to basic music questions.
Much of the information has not been covered in the same way in other music philosophy books. This book is Scriptural, honest, and full of grace. It also contains patient explanations of biblical answers to the musical relativism abounding in Christianity.
This book is an encyclopaedic guide to building one's music philosophy. It is not a "one-size fits all" list of approved names or music groups. It actually deals with the principles behind it all.
I have imported it into my LOGOS Bible software and search it along with other tools whenever I study topics related to music.
And, what's more, is that I have seen the Bible principles in this book lived out over the last 3 decades, even when it would have been so much easier (and more lucrative!) to take the easy road.
-- Evangelist Ben Everson
You will receive both the pdf version of this book, as well as a Word .doc so that you can import it into Logos and search it if you would like. Upon purchase, you will receive an email download link that will provide you with download instructions.