Getting the Blues by Stephen J. Nichols

Book Suggestion July 2014In this interesting work, Stephen Nichols points out that the musical genre known as the blues, specifically the Delta blues, might be “America’s only truly indigenous music form.” The popularity of the blues can be seen in the variety of musical styles that it has influenced. What many people don’t know is the background of the genre and the biblical significance imbedded in the fabric of the Delta blues.

After researching the history of various blues artists and drawing out biblical inferences from their music, the author merges these with the testimony of Scripture to demonstrate the themes of the fall, its subsequent misery and the hope of redemption that are implicit in the blues.

I’d recommend this enjoyable, yet theologically sound book to those who love the blues as well as those who are interested in understanding how the biblical narrative of redemption can be seen throughout Scripture.

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Bill is the founding pastor of Grace & Peace Presbyterian Church (PCA) Prior to beginning this church planting work in the Pottstown area, Bill served as a hospice chaplain and a missionary to Mexico and Jordan. Bill earned his MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary.