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Why I Left The Contemporary Christian Music Movement: Confessions of a Former Worship Leader

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For many churches today, music has become one of the most important factors in attempting to reach unbelievers with the gospel. Writing from his own personal experience as a former worship leader, Dan Lucarini questions the use of contemporary music in the worship of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Paperback, 141 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by EP BOOKS
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Clinton Wilcox
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: music-ccm
I'll start off by saying that I'm a classically-trained musician (clarinet and piano), and have participated in and led contemporary worship bands since I was a kid, as well as participating in church choirs and traditional services also since I was a kid. I'm not coming at this as simply a fan of CCM but also as an educated musician. This was a book that was recommended to me by a church musician who opposed CCM in the church, so I've had this book for some time. I read it back then and wasn't ...more
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
In Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement, Dan Lucari recounts his immersion in, and abandonment of, the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) movement. And then he equips us to defend traditional music from CCM promoters and challenges the "Contemporaries" to leave behind the favored, man-centered music of the world and return to God-honoring musical styles. In short but substantive chapters, Lucari answers tough questions such as Isn't music amoral? (partial answer: the general conc ...more
Rebecca Wilson
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was so blessed as I read this book! I appreciate the fact that Mr. Lucarini bases his decisions on obedience to the Word of God, in his desire to live a holy and sanctified life that is pleasing to the Lord in all things. It is rare to find a book where the author is so painfully honest about his struggles with such a hot-button issue. Dan Lucarini doesn't just give his own opinion, but liberally uses the Word of God as a basis for his beliefs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desire ...more
Rick Stuckwisch
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is not a great book. It's not even a good book in many ways. It's poorly written, far too personal (it reads like something of an extended blog post), and theologically legalistic. For all of that, it does offer something of value, in that the author comes out of a deep "contemporary Christian music" and "contemporary worship" background, and he is able to offer an insider's critique behind the scenes. There are some telling insights to be found in that, although nothing startling new. The ...more
Lisa Rathbun
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I appreciate that the author comes from within the CCM movement; it makes his concerns more compelling to me. I also understand that his background before coming to Christ bring certain associations to his mind when he hears certain styles of music while I, who have never been to a bar or a night club, have no such memories when I hear a particular beat. Of course, his past makes him a weaker brother in this area, and thus biblically requires me to not use songs in his presence that would draw h ...more
K.M. Updike
Mar 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone with a deep desire to bring glory to God and not to man
Dan Lucarini, a former Contemporary Christian Music leader, gives an amazing testimony in his book. He gives clear, down to earth, Biblically based arguments and verses that clearly show us what God thinks of our worship music in the church and of our spiritual lives. Although, you cannot by any means "find" in the word of God "Do not use this or this kind of music in your church, Dan Lucarini points out that you CANNOT fit CCM into the Bible. But if you fit the Bible into the CCM, you will not ...more
Chloe (aka Crystal)
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
I read this because I've been trying to understand what's wrong with ccm (christian contemporary music). I have family members that don't and won't use ccm in their church for worship, listen to it, and have nothing to do with it at all! (Their church uses hymns for worship.)
I wanted to understand why they made this decision, so a pastor lent me this book to read while I was out of town.
This book had a lot of good pointers, but I'm still struggling to understand. I agree that ccm should not be u
Everett Ender
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read it because I am a contemporary worship leader and because it was endorsed by Ligon Duncan, a scholar who I admire for being true to scripture.

This book was a wonderful practice in eisegesis and false interpretation. If you read the Bible in context, there's just no way to arrive at the conclusions that the author does. He basically intends to convince church leaders to do away with any instrument except for organ and piano during their congregational meetings. This poses a big question. W
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bible-related
Another book that every Christian in America should take the time to read. Christians were sold a bill of goods when they allowed contemporary music into the church. Find out what the problem is in this excellent book.
Wesley Kavanagh
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book. Must read for every pastor.
Kelly Holler
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has always enjoyed Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), this book had some great, eye-opening concepts! He does tend to lump people together, traditionalists as kind & holy; contemporaries as dismissive & misleading.
I definitely understand why people can get frustrated by the groupings, because there are exceptions on both sides. Lucarini’s honest explanation of what is happening in SO MANY CHURCHES is heartfelt, encouraging, & has the potential to transform worship in churches. Ho
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the excellent testimony of a man who figured out that the Contemporary Christian Music movement is not God-honoring. True believers in Christ are called to be separated from the world, to get along with them but not to pick up their ways that many times deny God's power or authority. This book has nothing to do with legalism. Properly defined, legalism is the addition of some kind of work to be done to merit salvation, instead of simple repentance from our ways to turn to Christ in faith ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Someone recommended that I read this book several years ago. I didn’t believe that CCM was wrong before I read this book, and after seeing the flawed logic of the author, I was even less convinced afterwards.

The only reason I would recommend anyone read this book is if you want to see the poor logic behind this belief system. It helped me see this, hence the extra star :)
Stanley Jebb
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
An important book for church life, and worship leaders in particular.
Nicholas Maulucci
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctrinal, philosophy
worth reading.
Jul 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
Well...I can tell that Dan Lucarini definitely means well in his confessions. He wants nothing but the best for Christians and the Church. I commend him for being willing to take a stand for his convictions.

However...I very much dislike the division of Christians over non-doctrinal issues. Sure, there are definitely churches out there that abuse the idea of worship and turn it into feel-good entertainment. And of course, there are plenty of Christians who are too willing to bend standards to ca
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Why I Left The Contemporary Christian Music Movement: Confessions of a former worship leader
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book because it's such a hot button topic now a days. I didn't really know what to expect. CCM is something I never really liked even before I knew what a Praise and Worship service was. (And, indeed, I didn't know until I read this book and began to research it a little on my own.) So, I think my perspective is fairly fresh and objective. I have no reason to
Ruth E. R.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ruth by: Janis Anderson
Interesting perspective from 2002. I disliked the so-called contemporary style for the same reason I dislike pop music: it lacks meaning and beauty. I do believe that as of July 2016, a lot of the "contemporary" praise songs have improved in meaning as well as beauty, though they continue to often be difficult to sing along with or to remember after the band goes home. My niece couldn't remember any of the "songs" she learned all week at Praise Camp because she didn't take the band home with her ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
A challenging look at contemporary music trends in the church today. A logically developed argument against the seeker-sensitive movement which raises personally uplifting emotional 'worship'experience over and above God-centred worship which lifts up God and reminds us to approach our maker and saviour with awe and humility.
Some great points are made about how we approach music as a part of our worship service.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting perspective from a man who was instrumental in his church making the change from traditional church music to the contemporary. Lucarini discusses many aspects of the divide and knows both sides of the issue. This is a huge problem in the modern church and I really appreciated what he wrote. Those of us who spend most of the CC song service repenting for how we feel about the music are not alone! I've read this one twice. ...more
Mitch Nichols
Nov 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
This review on the Artistic Theologian captures the basic shortcomings of this book. Unconvincing and weak arguments.
Courtney Carlson
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: culture, nonfiction
Good points rather rabidly made.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Lots of holes. But at least he brings up the issue.
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