Mirror Ball is a book written by modern, famous hymnist
Matt Redman. His name is recognizable from such popular hymns as "Blessed be
the Name", "The Heart of Worship," and "You Never Let Go." Churches all over
America more than likely sing the songs of Mr. Redman once a week.
The purpose of the book is to bring Christians into a better understanding
of what it means to be a Christian. A major point of the text is the
illustration of a disco ball reflecting light all over a crowded room. The
size of the disco ball does not matter what does matter is the light going
into it. Mr. Redman then goes on to develop application for our Christian
lives from this illustration.
Mr. Redman's strength is in his grasp of what worship is. He has an
understanding and a depth that is refreshing; however, this focus on
worship over shadows other elements that would add depth to this book.
The primary themes in Mirror Ball are worship, love, and faithfulness.
Additional elements that would have added strength to this body of work
would have been personal purity and a theological grapple with
My favorite section of the book is when he discusses his personal
aspirations. Redman briefly introduces the reader to Charles Wesley and his
continuing influence on the modern church. The author longs for God to use
him in a similar manner. This kind of holy longing is refreshing.
Oftentimes, modern Christians do not dream in the long term and it creates a
shallowness to their work, may it be art, writing, or raising a family. I
would have liked him to develop this more but I am grateful for the way in
which he exposes his aspirations and asks us to follow.
The book is full of modern cliches and phrases, but that should probably be
expected from a book with a disco ball on the front cover.
Redman is not the most skillful writer. He can communicate effectively but
there is little beauty in the majority of his writings. Authors such as
Buchanan and Yancey do a far better job of using literary devices to develop
a theme. Because of the rather dry prose that tended to lean heavily on
Christian cliches, it was a difficult read. However, while wading through
sentences lacking vigor and filled with cliches, occasionally I would be
shocked at the pure elegance of a simple sentence. On the event of such a
rare sentence I would be reminded again that Matt Redman at his very core is
a poet. He has such a gift at getting a complex thought into a beautifully
concise sentence. Honestly, I would have enjoyed this book more if it was
illustrated and dropped poetic bombs on me like that. I think this is very
high praise for an author to say that he knows what words fit together. He
has a Max Lucado-like gift with some of his sentences, yet when the book is
this many pages - over 100 - this skillful refinement is sadly lost. If I
could challenge Mr. Redman it would be to write better but a bit less.