Look and Live – Matt Papa

Look and Live Matt Papa

QUICK HIT: Matt Papa doesn’t really cover material that I’ve not seen before, or even preached on myself for that matter. That’s fine. It’s his passion that makes this book a must-read. He’ll get you thinking about the old, old story in a brand new way. He’ll give you a glimpse of the glory and leave your appetite whetted for more. Matt’s a great singer and songwriter and it looks like that talent carries over to the page as well. Look and Live is a must-read for its powerful look into the Glory of God.

This book is about glory. No, not glory. Glory. Glory. Big, bold, and beautiful. The absolute radiance of God Almighty that fills the universe. This book is also about worship. Not the singy-hands-held-high kind, though that’s part of it. Worship. The thing you’re called to do in response to Glory. The thing you can’t-not-do. The thing you all too often place on to something else.

Matt Papa is a pastor, singer, songwriter, and worship leader. And he’s obsessed with this Glory. It spills out of every page. It permeates everything he writes about. And it’s infectious. Contagious. Catching. You can’t read Look and Live without getting fired up about the glory of God and your worshipful response to it.

I absolutely love the way Papa talks about worship. I have seen so many worship leaders that are solely focused on their music. I mean, that’s the church lingo we have, right? When you hear worship pastor, you think the guy with the guitar that leads the singing. When you hear time of worship you gravitate toward singing before the sermon. It’s ingrained in Christian culture. It’d be easy for Papa to follow the trend.

But he doesn’t. Instead, he realizes the true enormity of his calling and how it transcends (yet can be amplified by) music. He realizes that we cannot NOT worship. And we decide what we worship by choosing what we enjoy and respect the most. That’s why, even though he’s a worship pastor, Papa centers his book on the concept of glory. Worship is the natural by-product of seeing glory.

So Papa transitions seamlessly from a discussion of worship to a beautifully written, well-resourced conversation about Glory. He writes prose like a songwriter: with lyrical eloquence that packs a brutal punch. Seriously, he’s got dozens of one-liner quotables in here that make me jump for joy. He manages to run the gambit from silly to serious, from a paragraph long quote to a sentence long quip, from flowing prose to stark and serious statements. He writes as one who is giving his writing as an act of worship…and it shows.

Papa doesn’t really cover material that I’ve not seen before, or even preached on myself for that matter. That’s fine. It’s his passion that makes this book a must-read. He’ll get you thinking about the old, old story in a brand new way. He’ll give you a glimpse of the glory and leave your appetite whetted for more. Matt’s a great singer and songwriter and it looks like that talent carries over to the page as well. Look and Live is a must-read for its powerful look into the Glory of God.

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