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The Gospel According to George
The story of redemption
told through the glorious music
of Handel's oratorio, Messiah.
First performed at Easter 1742, Handel’s Messiah is NOT a Christmas piece. The glorious text and well-loved music tell the story of Messiah’s life, passion and death for our sins, the empowering of his Church, and his future reign over the nations as the victorious Lamb of God. The Gospel According to George traces this story of redemption, movement by movement, with insights for modern readers into the original context and notes on how Handel interprets the text musically. The questions in “Beyond the Music” with each movement direct readers or small groups to thoughtful meditation.
What readers are saying about The Gospel According to George
Prepare to go deeper than you've ever gone before as you explore the musical and spiritual themes of Handel's Messiah with this unique tool. Hardy and Scott have written a true masterwork full of rich and stimulating textures as they plumb the depths of the timeless music and text. Each section concludes with a meaningful "Beyond the Music," with practical questions and applications designed to take you deeper still.
–Penny Rodriguez, Composer and Recording Artist
As one who has grown to love Handel’s Messiah over a lifetime—who has been moved to tears by the beauty and truth this work proclaims—I found in The Gospel According to George a fresh invitation to engage aesthetically and intellectually. I appreciate the way these authors offer insight from their expertise in a way that enriches my own understanding and opens my ears to hear things I’ve missed. I anticipate returning to this text during both Advent and Lent, in times of anticipating and waiting, and being challenged and refreshed as I read and listen once again.
I look forward to sharing this title with my friends who home school their children as a possible addition to their curriculum. It is at once devotional and pedagogical, and would surely kindle within some students a new love and appreciation for this musical masterpiece.
–Ruth Hubbard, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Vice President, Urbana
The Gospel According to George, a compelling wedding of Biblical insights and musical expertise, brings new life to understanding Handel's masterpiece, Messiah. The careful collaboration of author Hardy and musician Patterson-Scott creates a delightful addition to the "must-read" selections for Advent. The format includes a brief "Beyond the Music" paragraph for each solo and chorus making it ideal for section-by-section family reading. More than any previous work, the book brings together the genius of Handel's compositional skills and the power of Jennen's libretto, deeply rooted in scripture. The Gospel According to George should be a vital addition to the libraries of both musicians and thoughtful readers of every genre.
–Philip E. Johnston, MD
Honey from the Comb
Fighting in the streets.
Not to mention personal struggles with relationships,
and feelings of failure and inadequacy.
We live in stressful times. Like Peter with the waves of the storm crashing around him, it is easy to focus on our fears and problems instead of on the one who is able to calm the storm, who knows the end from the beginning and works all things for the good of those who love him.
This book is designed to help you to focus on who God is and what he is like as well as what he expects of you, his child, regardless of circumstances or what the storm throws at you.
Part 1, Adoration, collects verses of Scripture that describe our incredible God and his character.
Part 2, Confession, responds with passages for self-evaluation as you compare your own life to God’s standards.
Part 3, Thanksgiving, directs your thoughts to passages where the Bible writers thank God for things that have their parallel in our own lives.
Part 4, Supplication, collects verses to help you focus on your own character, asking God to make you more like himself in a variety of areas.
This book does not contain prayers—words for you to say to God. It contains Scripture—God’s words to you. As you read these words, I hope you will focus on that aspect of who God is or what he wants from you and pray them back to him.
What readers are saying about Honey from the Comb:
In Honey from the Comb, LeAnne Hardy has given her readers an absolute gift! She has pulled together a wealth of verses that touch on so many different topics in this amazing collection. While intended to be used in the practice of praying scripture back to God, it is equally helpful as a resource for those "where do I find it in the Bible?" moments when looking for guidance in specific situations.
--Penny Rodgriguez, composer and recording artist
In uncertain times (and when are the times not?), it’s vital that we keep our eyes on the Lord. Honey from the Comb will help you do just that. This collection of Scriptures brings our attention to God with our praise, our needs, and even our failures. Reading this will be soul-refreshing time well spent.
--Jeff Jowers, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Webster, Wisconsin
The month I went deep—focusing both intently and widely on the character of God—transformed my view of God and of myself. Transformed me. Clearly LeAnne has had a similar experience. This book is an invitation to you to the same kind of life-altering experience, starting with thoughtfully curated Scripture and prayer. I’m grateful for this kind of resource to help guide my own reflections, fully aware that I need consistent realignment with my Creator and Lord.
--Ruth Hubbard, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Vice-president, Urbana
This is a valuable resource to carry with you constantly for whenever you feel hungry. This is not fast food; rather imagine yourself in an upmarket restaurant feasting on the Bread of Life and the Living Water. LeAnne allows you to choose from her tried-and-tested A-C-T-S menu, beginning with Adoration of our God, then moving on to Confession of sin, followed by Thanksgiving, and finishing our banquet with Supplication. You can mix’n’match, depending on your day. With her emphasis on praying in and through the Word of God, this is a book to satisfy deep hunger for every follower of Jesus in any place and circumstance.
--Diane Marshall, SIM Global Director for Regional Development
So often we want to pray but don't know where to start. Illness, catastrophe, discouragement--or on the other hand, joy, elation and unexpected blessings--where do we start? LeAnne has done a wonderful job of gathering verses and arranging them so that we have a starting place.
--Steve Price, Executive Director, Sanctuary Inn
Alpha and Omega; an Alphabet of God
Want to dig deeper?
Explore the Scripture references for the titles for God found in Alpha and Omega. To download the list, scroll to the bottom.
All of my writing is intended to point readers to the glorious Son of God. This choral reading using titles specifically ascribed to Jesus Christ is based on Jesus' question to his disciples in Matthew 16:13-16.
Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Together they are also a title for Jesus Christ, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Growing out of the names and attributes of God featured in Honey from the Comb, Alpha and Omega lists more than two hundred biblical titles for God accompanied by photographs of the world he created. The book is intended for personal meditation. An index in the back gives Scripture references for each title although many are used multiple times in the Bible.
This six-minute video scrolls through the list, accompanied by LeAnne Smith Hardy's scenic photographs and piano music by Penny Rodriguez. [The photos in the video are not identical to the book since composition that pans nicely for video does not necessarily work well as a square still photograph.]