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Chris Tomlin is one of the best-known Christian music artists today. In his own words, Tomlin 'writes songs to be a lighthouse'---reaching as many people as possible by opening worship up to everything it can be. In fact, rather than an artist alone, Tomlin prefers to be known as an artist/worshipper. His albums have sold over 2 million copies. He has six number one radio singles, fourteen Dove Awards and two gold albums and was twice named male vocalist of the year by the Gospel Music Association. Tomlin is a co-founder and worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent First Book 6 Feb. 2005
By Melody Jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Most people know Chris Tomlin for the powerful worship music he writes, songs that are sung in thousands of worship services every Sunday Morning. He is renowned for his talent as a songwriter and worship leader, and now he has written a book. I was very much looking forward to reading it, mostly because I had read writings of his before, and they were always wonderful, thoughtful, and above all, praising and in awe of God. This book has a lot of personal stories, lots of scripture, memories of some of the songs he has written, and the verses that brought about those songs, but mostly, this book is about getting you, the reader, focused more on God, and developing a better relationship with him, and becoming who He has made us to be. Chris' desire in writing this book is to help you along your spiritual journey and share his thoughts from his experiences about God, and what God is wanting from us. It is awesome. His writing is easy to read, but without being simplistic; he adds quite a bit of humourous stories and lines in it to keep your attention and connect with you, but honestly, it wasn't needed. It's a hard book to put down. Chris writes as he if he talking with you, sharing a one-on-one conversation, which makes this book even better. My only complaint is that it is not nearly long enough. Praise be to God for the wonderful people he has put here on this earth, people like Chris who have genuine hearts for God and for others, people who have willingly chose to listen to Him and to follow Him and share His glory with others.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chris Tomlin is awesome! 27 Jan. 2006
By Indescribable... - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you have heard his music, you know that Chris Tomlin is an incredible worshipper and all he does is try to get you to the place where you see God face to face. The book is great! Chris combines lyrics, Scripture and notes from his heart to move the worshipper into a deeper relationship with God and to become a true worshipper in Spirit and in truth... If you love his albums, the book is a must!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected - In a good way. 5 Sept. 2007
By William Brown - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I first picked up this book when I was reading Praise Habit: Finding God In Sunsets And Sushi by David Crowder. Because Crowder's book was so refreshing and enjoyable (due to his writing style and stories) Tomlin's book seemed a little dry when I browsed through it.

Fast forward one year. I encountered The Way I was Made and had the opportunity to read through it. It was refreshing to see the progression of a worshipper and songwriter and realize that successful people are made over the long-haul not overnight.

Mr. Tomlin shares many insights into his songs, past and worship style. He also gives lots of excellent tips for building a solid spiritual foundation that should benefit any worshipper or worship leader.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 28 July 2006
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Chris Tomlin is one of the thankfully increasing artists who place their emphasis on giving God glory rather than writing songs (and books) that focus on themselves. While the book is about Tomlin's call to become the song writer and musician he is today, it's also about the God who was always at work in his life guiding him and directing him to where he is today. I did not own any of his albums prior to this book, but bought Arriving after completing this book. Whether you're a Tomlin fan or just like reading about how God works through the lives of others, you'll enjoy this book.
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Great book on worship! 17 Jan. 2007
By Morgan L. Myers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Having recently read a number of books on worship, I found Chris Tomlin's to be concise, extremely relevant, and well-written--kind of like the songs he writes, I guess.

I think the biggest strength of this book is that Chris is so real. He doesn't try to come across as a saint, and so he makes the ideal of living out worship seem attainable.

And it didn't hurt that I kept laughing aloud at his stories.
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