Rejoice Publications to Publish New Book: ‘Songs for the Soul’ by Author Ivor Moody


January 20, 2017.

For many, music can be an extension of their own spirituality; it speaks to people on many different levels. This is the subject of Songs for the Soul, a new book from author Ivor Moody. In Songs for the Soul, Moody discusses his how the music of iconic artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone may carry a spiritual weight that even they didn’t know of.

Moody’s love of classic popular music combines with his Christian faith in Songs for the Soul. It is a theological platform to discuss great art and Moody’s interpretations, although religious in nature, are designed to enrich the musical journeys of the reader, whether they are listening to ‘Let It Be’ for the first time or the one-hundredth time.

The songs featured in Songs for the Soul are:

  • ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ by Nina Simone
  • ‘True Colours’ by Eva Cassidy
  • ‘Message in a Bottle’ by The Police
  • ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ by Bob Dylan
  • ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Simon and Garfunkel
  • ‘Let It Be’ by The Beatles

Each of the songs mentioned above is discussed, dissected and mused upon by the author as he describes how these songs are, as a Christian, as important an outlet to him as prayer and ‘traditional’ worship.

An excellent read for both music fans and those with faith, Songs for the Soul breathes new life into six classic works; spanning the genres of pop, soul and rock and roll music. Each chapter illustrates just how powerful and important music is and how, whether they intended to or not, these legendary musicians and their songs can shape a person’s life, their faith and their understanding of the world around them.

Songs for the Soul is due for release on February 23rd, 2017 from Rejoice Publications. It features discussions on songs by The Police, Simon and Garfunkel, Eva Cassidy as well as the aforementioned Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and, of course, The Beatles.

Songs for the Soul provides a contemporary and refreshing look at faith and music in the modern era and can be enjoyed by music fans and those with faith alike.


Notes for Editors:

Ivor Moody is available for interviews and features. To arrange coverage, or for more information, please email me (Anthony) at a.barlow@matthewjamespublishing.com with any requests. Copies of Songs for the Soul will be made available for review upon request.

Advance Praise for Songs for the Soul:

“From ‘Message in a Bottle’ to ‘Let it Be’, Ivor Moody opens up the deepest messages and lets these old songs be something new in the minds of the reader. Moving seamlessly from Sting to George Herbert, from Nina Simone to St. Paul he finds the hidden treasures and the spiritual nourishment nestled and embedded in popular song and links them to the great themes of scripture and the great spiritual writings of the past”

– (Revd Dr) Malcolm Guite

About the Author:

Revd Canon Ivor Moody is an author and Vice Dean and Canon Pastor of Chelmsford Cathedral in Essex. Ivor has served all his professional life in the County of Essex, working in the Diocese of Chelmsford and has recently taken on the Chaplaincy to Essex Essex County Council.

Ivor studied for a theology degree at Kings College London and then trained for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire where he served two curacies. His vocation took him to Chelmsford in 1996, where he became chaplain of Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford campus). Whilst there he was able to study for an MA in Pastoral Theology with the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Ivor currently is currently Chair of Essex Mind and Spirit, a voluntary organisation which seeks to encourage positive dialogue and understanding of mental health issues. He is also Chair of the Mid Essex Inter-Faith Forum, which is part of a national network seeking to build better relationships and understanding between faiths and cultures in communities across Britain.

In his spare time, Ivor loves to play cricket and tennis, and has a fascination for building and flying model aeroplanes (ham-fistedly!). He, of course, loves music and is a clasically trained pianist. The first record he ever bought was The Beatles’ hit ‘She Loves You’, although his all-time favourite song is ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac. He is married to Ruth and they have four grown up children. Songs for the Soul is his first published book.

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