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by Craig Curry,Ken Barker,Carol Tornquist
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    Craig Curry,Ken Barker,Carol Tornquist
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    Word Music; Spi edition (April 1, 2007)
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(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). This spiral-bound collection features medium-difficult solo arrangements of more than 60 beloved songs: Blessed Be Your Name * Holy Ground * Holy Is the Lord * How Great Is Our God * I Could Sing of Your Love Forever * Lord, I Lift Your Name on High * dozens more!

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First, let me say that this is a really great book of piano arrangements of predominantly recent Christian praise and worship songs -- what some might call "contemporary Christian music". As an accomplished pianist, and part-time accompanist at my church, I appreciate arrangements that a) provide a challenge, in terms of their level of difficulty, but b) do not require a full-time professional pianist to perform. This book meets that criteria.

One caveat I'll issue, however, is in regard to the representation of the arranger(s). I've seen this book listed here, and elsewhere, showing only Craig Curry's name. Craig is a fine arranger -- and a fellow alumnus of my college -- which was part of my decision in purchasing this book online. Had I been able to leaf through it beforehand, I would have noticed that a) there are many other arrangers, b) the person who actually put the book together was Carol Tornquist (of Word Music, who publishes the book), and c) the vast majority of the arrangements are by Ms. Tornquist herself.

Don't get me wrong -- I enjoy Ms. Tornquist's piano arrangements, and have other books by her, as well. But one of the things I was looking for was a book with a little more variety, a little more exposure to other "styles", etc. -- something Craig Curry (and the other arrangers within this book) provide. For me, though, Ms. Tornquist's arrangements are more... well, "predictable", if that makes sense. They all show remarkable similarities -- in sound, style, and so on. As a result, while I would be more than happy to have 4 or 5 arrangements by her included in such a collection, I was disappointed to find out it was actually the majority of the book.

The range of titles, however, and the inclusion of other arrangers -- such as Bill Wolaver, Jim Hammerly, et. al -- make this an excellent choice that provides many, many quite pleasing arrangements in one collection.
"Craig Curry (Arranger)" is misleading on Amazon's part, but an understandable error. The list of arrangers, following the title page, is given in alphabetical order. As his name heads the list, so does his name appear under "arranger". He actually has only a couple arrangements in this book.

Much as I would have to agree that Carol contributed the vast majority of these arrangements, I'm very pleased with her contributions and the contributions of others. There was only one "dog", in my opinion.

Some of the offerings are very unique and especially pleasing: "How Great the Father's Love", "Breathe", and "In Christ Alone" were some that stood out to me, but I found many that I instantly liked and know that I will use.

I found many pieces to be pretty easy to master in a practice session or two, but challenging enough to keep my interest. Additionally, there are several two-pagers that will be a plus when I need a short filler at church for some reason.

All in all, a great collection for a very reasonable price...I highly recommend!
The first verse is as usually played and the second section is a nice arragement of the hymn with medodious variations but still nice for singing the final verse.
If you play the piano for a church, this praise book has some great solo arrangements: it will be very useful.
This is one of my favorite piano arrangement books for worship. The book contains a lot of intermediate-level contemporary Christian songs arranged by well-known Christian arrangers such as Carol Tornquist, Tom Howard, Matt Hyzer, Bill Wolaver, Teresa Wilhelmi, etc. Carol Tornquist gives us some of her best work here and the arrangements of the late Tom Howard (especially the pieces "Draw Me Close," "Take My Life," and "Dwell") provide a sort of new age mood for reflection on Sunday mornings before the worship service begins. Sometimes I take these piano arrangements and prepare complementary audio accompaniments with Garage Band so I can play piano along with my Macintosh computer piped through our church's sound system. The congregation loves these. This book is ALWAYS in my backpack on Sunday mornings. Get it -- you won't be sorry!
This is a good mix of fast, slow, easy to medium songs. I use them before the service and during communion and or the offering. I would recommend this book. There are definitely a lot arranged by Carol Tornquist if you like her arrangements.
There are some very nice arrangements in this book, and it is great that it is spiral bound, so that it stays put when opened. I found the selections to be hard enough to not sound simple and trite, but not so difficult that they take a lot of practice to work up for performance.
I'm seventy and this is way to modern for my taste and my church. Plus the rhythms are to syncopated for me.