Friday, September 11, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: The Art of Compassion by Martin Smith

About the book:

What happens when musicians from around the world get together to dream, to write songs, to create an album and give away all the proceeds to the poorest of the world's poor?

Challenged by the poverty he saw all over the world, musician Martin Smith of the band Delirious? gathered together twelve of today's most talented and respected Christian singer-songwriters, to write and record an album of songs with the direct aim of the relief of global poverty.

This book is the record of the journeys that brought them there.

My thoughts:

Through all the stories told by the Christian artists in this book, there is no doubt that they feel very strongly about this new journey God is taking them on. Each one has a similar opinion on poverty, and what it's going to take to turn things around. I was especially moved by Martin Smith's chapter when he felt God calling him to take this step. He and his wife wrote a diary of their experiences in third-world countries, and their longing to make a difference.

In addition to the book, all of the Christian artists got together and recorded a CD. All of the proceeds from the book and CD will go directly to Compassion Art charities around the world....WOW! Talk about amazing....not one of these artists is in it for themselves. Not a one of them is getting a single dime for their efforts, and they wouldn't have it any other way. After reading each chapter and each artist's thoughts on worship and music, I really want to get a copy of this CD. From what I've gathered from the book, the CD isn't the typical worship music that you hear in church or on the radio, but rather songs that have a deep message and a call to action for all Christians.

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4 stars

The fabulous people at Hatchette have given me one copy of this book to giveaway. If you'd like to be entered, simply leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. If you do not leave your email address, you will not be entered in the drawing. Drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19th.

Odds of winning are based upon the number of entrants. Contest open to U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited.


  1. I wasn't aware of this project, so I truly thank you for posting about it. It sounds more than interesting, and I want to get on the bandwagon to promote it. I applaud these artists most heartily.

    This is going on my wish list to buy as soon as I have some money, both book and CD. Of course, I would love to win a copy, so please include me.

    Cathi H.
    chassan2(at)hotmail . com

  2. This is an amazing book. I have it but I just wanted to comment that I enjoyed your review and the book as well. It was very inspiring. Have you listened to the CD? It is awesome as well. :)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. It is always nice having a visitor. :)

    Kelly :)

  3. This book looks great. Please enter me in your giveaway.
    Thank you.
    ludeluh at yahoo dot com

  4. This sounds like a truly amazing book. I would love to win.


  5. Congrats to Sheila...the winner of this great book!! I'll be emailing you in the next day or so to get your mailing address. :o)

    Thanks to everyone who commented and entered!