At the Crossroads: Inside the Past, Present, and Future of Contemporary Christian Music
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At the Crossroads: Inside the Past, Present, and Future of Contemporary Christian Music

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The Stakes Are Too Great to Ignore

After more than two decades as a performer, writer, and producer, no one offers a more honest, pastoral critique of contemporary Christian music (CCM) than Charlie Peacock. In At the Crossroads, Peacock traces the history of CCM and considers its future. Offering wisdom and information from an insider’s perspective, Peacock draws from inte...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 7th 2004 by Shaw (first published March 1999)
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Charlie Peacock may be the most insightful man in the modern Christian music industry. I have now read this book twice, ten years separating the readings. Upon my re-completion of the book I am now more convinced than a decade ago that Peacock has written the seminal tome on what it really means to take music created by Believers to everyone everywhere. His ideas are huge and true ideas. Ideas of God's musical people involved with everyone everywhere; ideas of coming to terms with a comprehensiv...more
Beginning with a biblical theology of the place of music in God’s creation and kingdom, this book moves through the history of the CCM movement, tracing out the theological and philosophical influences which shaped it into what it is today. Its story offers a fascinating example of the terrible danger of a good idea which isn’t grounded in the whole counsel of God; the emphasis on the Spirit’s guidance (starting from a distrust of institutional religion) turned into an emphasis on personal exper...more
This was really an outstanding and thought-provoking book. Peacock is obviously an authority on the subject matter and has great insights into the industry that is CCM. However, I think the subtitle is a bit deceiving because the book is about so much more than music. Peacock challenges traditional ways of thinking and negative stereotypes not just in music, but the Christian life as a whole. I would highly recommend this and encourage every Christian to read through it, whether they are a big f...more
Completely enlightened me on the "inside scoop" of the Christian Contemporary Music Industry. After a personal inside experience with it in Nashville in 2002, my perspective has really been affected to, I feel, a more realistic viewpoint. Not always as charming or genuine as one might think, and definitely something to appreciate cautiously at times.
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