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It's More Than the Music: Life Lessons on Friends, Faith, and What Matters Most [Paperback]

By Bill Gaither (Author) & Ken Abraham (Author)
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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   FaithWords
ISBN  0446692875  
EAN  9780446692878  

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Item Description...
Growing up in the rural town of Alexandria, Indiana, Bill Gaither dreamed of becoming a gospel singer. He set out to do just that during his college years and after much frustration, ended up teaching high school English. It was hardly the life he had hoped for. From this humble beginning, he would go on to write more than 600 songs, record 40 albums, and win three Grammys. In IT'S MORE THAN THE MUSIC, he recalls the remarkable journey of his life. From the Gaither Trio to The Gaither Vocal Band, from performing in small churches to playing sold out arenas, Gaither reveals the triumphs and tragedies along the way. Readers will witness how God has blessed him as a songwriter, performer, entrepreneur and ultimately gospel music's elder statesman. His story will inspire and uplift as many people as his songs have touched lives.

Publishers Description
- It's More Than the Music was published in Warner Faith hardcover (0-446-530417) in 10/03 and sold over 40,000 copies. Warner Faith will publish Gloria Gaither's He Started the Whole World Singing in hardcover 10/04 (see page 104).

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Bill Gaither The pages of history have been written by ordinary people who had something extraordinary to say with their lives. Bill Gaither is just such an individual… an Indiana-born kid with an insatiable love for music who grew to become an industry leader who would change the course of gospel music history through the songs he has written and through his influence as a mentor for other artists.

An avid fan of gospel quartets throughout his childhood, Bill founded his first group, The Bill Gaither Trio, in 1956, while he was a college student. He began teaching English in 1959 because his musical aspirations couldn’t support him full-time… yet. In 1962, Bill did one of the best things he has ever done. He married Gloria Sickal, who became the best writing partner Bill could have found anywhere. The couple spent the first five years of their married life juggling full-time teaching jobs, writing, singing, recording and publishing until music became their full-time career in 1967.

The collaborations of Bill and Gloria have resulted in more than 700 popular gospel songs, including the hymnal standard “Because He Lives,” “The King Is Coming,” “Something Beautiful,” “He Touched Me,” “It Is Finished,” “There’s Something About That Name,” “Let’s Just Praise The Lord,” and “Loving God, Loving Each Other.” Bill and Gloria have collectively won eight Grammy Awards and more than a dozen nominations, and they have received more than two dozen Dove Awards from The Gospel Music Association, earning the title of Gospel Music Association’s “Songwriter of the Year” eight times.

Bill Gaither has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 2 for 1
  2. Gaither Gospel (Audio)
  3. Gaither Gospel (Video)
  4. Sacred Performer Collections

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
One thing leads to another, but it starts with a seed of desire planted by God. Sometimes we have ideas that don't die, no matter what, even though things happen that seem to spell the end. On his own, Bill Gaither would not be where he is today--a humble, wise businessman orchestrating an empire of soul-soothing, spirit elevating songs that infuse personal reality with God. Today's results of Gaithers' work are beyond goal setting or planning--they are God's provision of help and hope to populations of hurting, downtrodden people. The book IT'S MORE THAN THE MUSIC, Bill Gaither's story, is the most inspirational story I've read in a long time.

". . .I've always felt that there is a profound difference between piety and true spirituality. I've never considered myself to be a pious person, but I hope that in some measure each day, I can live out genuine spirituality in the most honest sense," states Bill Gaither, page 268 in the chapter entitled "Special Moments."

I've had to get through a lot of trauma in my life. Only a realistic faith can carry me on the everyday road to eternity. I remember driving to work knowing that a battle with evil would take place that day in a confrontation with my boss. Of course, I was likely to be on the short end of the stick. I had the radio tuned to Christian radio. I had heard the song "Because He Lives", and it began playing in my mind, giving this fearful, timid soul unexplainable strength. It was years before I learned the names of the composers who had been building my faith by lyrics and melodies that went straight to the heart. My late husband and I listened to Gaithers' eight-track tape "Praise Gathering for Believers" over and over for spiritual sustenance when we felt shut out by the church. (You may read our story in a book I have written called WHAT PRICE PRIESTHOOD. It can be obtained through this or through the publisher, XLibris, 1-888-795-4274X479 or [...])

After my recent move to Ohio, I am able to get hour-long Gaither music programs daily on the Christian Television Station, WLMB. This piqued my curiosity to learn more about the individuals who have blessed me so much. One thing leading to another, I stumbled across Bill Gaither's book, IT'S MORE THAN THE MUSIC and was able to learn candid details of the powerful story of the supernatural element which makes their work much more than music. Not only this book, I heartily recommend all of the Gaithers' work for entertainment which sustains a joy-filled, practical faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ while going through life's trials.
A life serving God  Feb 26, 2005
Have you ever sung, "He Touched Me" or "Because He Lives" or "Let's Just Praise the Lord" in church? If you read Bill Gaither's book, you'll find out the stories behind these classic songs which he and his wife Gloria wrote. You'll also find out how Gaither first met and helped launch the careers of Sandi Patty, Michael English, Mark Lowry and many others. The first chapter of "It's More Than the Music" tells how the very popular homecoming videos and concert tours got started.
This is a book any fan of Christian music should definitely read.

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