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Book Review: Surprised by Worship: Discovering the Presence of God Where You Least Expect It by Travis Cotrell

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Surprised By Worship: Discovering the Presence of God Where You Least Expect It, penned by Travis Cottrell, is the maiden project of the songwriter’s venture into writing. The GMA, Dove Award-winning worship leader in association with well-known author and speaker Beth Moore attempts to use Surprised by Worship to show readers that God’s presence can be experienced at surprising times and places.

Beth Moore introduces Surprised By Worship by exploring biblical and modern-day examples of people — who bring greater meaning to their lives through spontaneous acts of worship — experiencing life’s travails and triumphs. While Travis encourages readers to find praise first, he also sees the sizeable scope of the subsequent predicaments.

But often in those moments when we are distracted by great distress, we don’t see or acknowledge God’s presence and provision. It’s at those times that worship can be our greatest resource, bringing us the hope, strength, even deliverance we so desperately need.

Beyond the travails, Surprised By Worship enjoins the believer to discern God revealing Himself in the quiet, simple moments of life, when we allow the beauty of art or nature to transport us to worship. It’s about finding God when we seek Him whether that be in the midst of great joy, in the everyday or in our deepest time of need.

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