Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Movement by Dan Lucarini
Type: Christian, Music, Non-Fiction,
Basic Idea: Dan Lucarini explains that we should and why we should leave the Christian rock and pop movement in favor of traditional hymns.
Information and Applicableness of the Lessons: 4½/5 Very Good Application: Mr. Lucarini explains why rock, pop, rap, hip-hop, country, and all other secular Christian music should not be played in church. He shows how the Bible disagrees with it and how “worship” is often greatly misunderstood and misused. Many questions and ideas that people have about secular music are answered and intelligently challenged with either personal experience or the Bible. The principles he uses can also be used to stand up for other standards a person has.
Reliability of Information: 5/5 Very Reliable: Dan Lucarini uses either experience or the Bible. Experience comes from being both deeply involved with rock music and bands before salvation and being a worship leader afterwards. He shows where in the Bible that CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) principles greatly conflict with what God says, and he also shows what words mean by using Greek and Hebrew roots. (He does not ever belittle the English translations as he does this though.)
Writing Style: 4/5 Well Written: The author had a colloquial style. He was not harsh, self-righteous, or unkind at all in is writing. He was and the message was not indirect, but he explains the reasoning in a calm and Christian manner. It was not hard to read and did not have an awkward or improper writing style or syntax.
Overall: 4½/5 Very Well Done: If you are wondering why you should not have CCM in church, should not listen to it on a regular basis, or how to defend you standards I highly recommend this book. The sources are reliable and the information useful and applicable. The principles can be applied and were made for either gender.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2/5 Suggestive: Mr. Lucarini talks about the sexual influence CCM has on the worship team and congregation. He says that when he was a worship leader, he told Christians that thought the music was sensual, “Well, I don’t see any orgies breaking out during the worship set!” He also says before he was saved he had an immoral life in that way.
Violence: 0/5 None
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 0/5 None
Religious Issues: 1/5 Slight Issues: The NKJV is used and the NIV is quoted at least once. The Catholic religion is briefly mentioned once.
Magic: 0/5 None
Others: The author says he drank, smoked, and used drugs before he was saved.
Overall: 2½/5 Almost Child Appropriate: I recommend it for teenagers thirteen or fourteen and older, not because it is a bad or inappropriate book, but because parents may not want their children reading about the suggestive and slightly sexual issues that CCM has.