Book Review: Johann Sebastian Bach (Christian Encounters)

This book is a part of the Christian Encounters Series by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Rick Marschall highlights the Christian faith of the well-known composer. Having never read a bio of Bach, I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to him.

Writing primarily for use in worship, Bach carefully integrated music and worship. He took great care to make the Gospel a part of his music. Each composition was begun with the phrase, “Jesus, help me,” and ended with the initials S. D. G. – Solo Deo Gloria (to God alone be the glory).

In this, you meet Bach the musician, the teacher, the composer, and the father. The influence of Bach upon subsequent generations of music is not always fully grasped. That this influence was imprinted with Bach’s faith makes this additionally encouraging. Though parts are somewhat technical and dry, it is overall an enjoyable “encounter” for young adult and adult readers.

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through BookSneeze.

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