• Michael Gallaugher

The story behind writing the book

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh

At the beginning of 2016 I felt like God told me to write a book. I had considered writing one for several years but never did anything about it, but when 2016 began I had the distinct feeling/calling that it was time. Writing a book is an enormous undertaking and I felt like a complete impostor for doing so early on. Who was I to write a book about worship?! But the truth is I had spent the better part of 2 decades leading worship and raising up worship leaders. I also had made plenty of mistakes in the process, and I knew a thing or two about leading worship ministries.

I was inspired by Matt Redman’s first book (pictured above) The Unquenchable Worshipper. Clocking in at just under 100 pages, Redman’s book was an easy read but one that still was packed full of good theology. Redman’s book is more of an overview of worship in general, and although my book has some of that, mine has a specific focus on worship leading. I knew worship leaders came in all shapes and sizes and I wanted something that would be simple enough that non-readers would easily be able to read it. But also one that was full of good content.

The first 8 months flowed pretty smoothly. I wrote a couple of drafts and had a pretty good sense of where I was going with it. I had trusted friends review it. It seemed like it was coming along. But life sometimes will get you down and a major life event prompted me to stop. I set it aside for a few months before picking it back up and writing some more drafts that other proofreaders read and offered suggestions and critiques.

I think 6 drafts were written over the course of two years. In fact, the book was pretty much finished about a year ago. Following the transition from Central Vineyard to Sacred Space church, I wasn’t sure how best to proceed. It took a good six months of thinking about it to figure out how to move forward. Then once I did, it was time for layout, design and formatting with additional tweaks and revisions.

Needless to say, I’m glad it is now finished and out into the world. Grateful to see this book be used to help budding worship leaders. Grateful also to have it as a tool for worship training groups. You can purchase Ascribing Worth here.

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