Facedown by Matt Redman is a short booked packed with the simple but profound understanding of the awesomeness, holiness and otherness of God. "To worship facedown is the ultimate outward sign of inner reverence." Matt paints a thoroughly Biblical picture of "the whole Christ", the mystery of a mighty God who cannot be explained in a sentence, the powerful "song of Creation" and the awesomeness of silence where His voice can be heard. It is a book that challenges holding a view of God that is only the cosy closeness, friendship and Fatherhood of the One who draws you near. It reminds you that God is also bigger than you think and to be held in great awe. "The friendship and the fear," both essential in order to hold a view of God that is worthy of Him. The more awesome you understand God to be, the more amazing His closeness and you will become "a soul so captivated by the Almighty that to bend low in true and total surrender seems the only appropriate response." A timely book packed with depth, good sense and wisdom. It will enhance and deepen your concept of the greatness of God and contains a lot that is worth chewing on. As Bishop Graham Cray writes in the Afterword "as you reach the end of this book, I advise you to read it again - slowly."
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Face down is the appropriate response to a revelation of who God is, arguably the most appropriate. It combines fear, respect, adoration, humility and in this short book by Matt Redman (just 116 pages in pocket size format) shows why.
Full of insight and truth, this exploration of worship and more importantly who we worship and why face down is an appropriate action stirs the heart and reminds you of the great mystery of Christian worship. Redman looks at who God is, what Christ has done, how creation responds, how we respond in our lives (mission) and how we respond in worship and each short chapter gives pause for thought and prayer.
Although at times I think descriptions of worship meetings step over into hyperbole or are likely to fall under the weight of their own significance (something that can often be said about conferences and extra church gatherings), on the whole this is just simple reflections on the wonder, majesty and genuinely awesome nature of God. As Matt writes, `when we face up to the glory of God, we soon find ourselves face down in worship.'
This book is easy to recommend to anyone, young and old, in the worship team or in the pew, to use as material, study, conversation or devotion.