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Oh, Be Careful Little Ears : Contemporary Christian Music [Paperback]

By Kimberly Smith (Author)
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Pages   143
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.29" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1997
ISBN  1579210457  
EAN  9781579210458  

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How can we know what kind of music honors God? Are there specific Scriptures that can be applied to truly discern music? In an easy-to-read style, Christian music is biblically and historically evaluated.

Publishers Description
Oh, Be Careful Little Ears is a brief overview of the development of Christian music from both historical and biblical perspectives, showing why CCM is not biblical from a Scriptural point of view. Do you know that Scripture teaches us that Christian music should be non-carnal, yet much contemporary Christian music is carnal? Do you know that it's easy to identify carnal Christian music? Do you know why carnal music is not pleasing to God? Oh, Be Careful Little Ears discusses each of these--and more--from a biblical perspective. You will learn... ...actual New Testament Scriptures which give direction concerning Christian music. to identify carnal Christian music and why it's carnal. ...why good motivations should not be the only consideration for the Christian's music. ...why adding Christian lyrics alone does not make all types of music acceptable. ...and much more Chapter titles include: "The Origins of Unnatural Rhythms"; "Where Have All the Hymns Gone?"; "A Brief History of Christian Music"; "A Word About 'Pop' Music"; and "What Difference Does it Make?" plus six more. Many Christians are truly sincere in their choice of music, and this book acknowledges the controversy that exists in Christian music. A full chapter is devoted to common and very emotional excuses that are given in defense of contemporary Christian music.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kimberly Smith is an accomplished entrepreneur and businesswoman with more than 20 years experience in the real estate and corporate housing industries. In 1999 Kimberly and her husband and business partner, Eric, started AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., that today is a multi-million dollar company providing furnished corporate housing and property management services to upscale business travelers. A recognized leader in the industry, they were awarded CHPA's 2010 Provider Company of the Year Award and listed for 3 consecutive years on Inc Magazine's Inc 5000 list featuring the countries fastest growing businesses. Inspired to help people find corporate housing and real estate solutions on a national basis, Kimberly and Eric came up with a business idea to create a national web directory dedicated to connecting furnished rental properties with corporate renters. In 2006 the couple launched (CHBO), the first-of-its-kind online portal that connects furnished rentals and the traveling public. In 2013 CHBO was recognized by CHPA as the Associate Company of the Year. In 2009, they founded AvenueWest Global Franchise, allowing them to expand the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing product throughout the United States. They now have offices in Phoenix, Atlanta, Fort Collins, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Colorado Springs. Kimberly continues to lead in the corporate housing industry and served as the 2011 elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), the primary trade organization for the corporate housing industry. Kimberly has been nationally recognized for her business success and her philanthropic endeavors and is frequently featured in media sources like the NYTimes, LA Times, Denver Post, US News & World Report,, CNBC and She was awarded the 2013 Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business award for real estate, small business finalist in 2010, and finalist in the prestigious Power Book special section of The Denver Business Journal, a feature in Denver Woman magazine as an outstanding business woman and mother, in 2009 she was selected to join The Denver Business Journal's elite class of 40 under 40 and in 2010 and was recognized by CoBiz Magazine as a top 5 GenXYZ leader.

Kimberly Smith currently resides in St. Charles, in the state of Missouri.

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Can you give it 0 stars?  Apr 6, 2008
"Oh, Be Careful Little Ears" is an opinionated manifesto which makes poor attempts at justifying personal preferances with God's holy word.
The basic premise of the text is that popular and ethnic music runs rampant with "unnatural rhythms" and "sensuality, carnality" by way of devices such as "offbeat accents, rhythms that conflict with melody, sliding or scooping (gliss. even), etc." According to the authors, these devices engage listeners in evil responses such as motioning with the hips, head, etc. The book goes on and on and drills the premise add nauseum. The author concludes and advises listeners to take a "musical fast" and only listen to "good music" like toccatas and fugues by Bach, which make heavy use of offbeat accents, rhythms (and melodies) that conflict with melody, and quasi improvisatory episodes (kind of like planned out jazz) that are seemingly disorderly. This, of course, is just fine with the authors since it's Bach and not rock. Egocentrism abounds as the authors delineate what is good and bad with just enough room for their preferences to fit in the good category.
There is a lot of truth in this book, as well as a lot of fiction (Africans are blamed for dissonance, which was more an outcropping of the late classical to romantic periods; Beethoven is implied to be Godless despite his self-proclaimed greatest piece "Missa Solemnis" which was written for God, but let's overlook that too). Scripture is also widely used in a vain attempt to conforms the reader's thinking to that of the authors.
The narrative is highly emotionally charged in rebuking retorts that are emotionally charged for being emotionally charged. One retort is actually described as "a lame excuse for listening to rock."
If you're looking for a book that will edify you, I suggest "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis. If you're looking for emotionally charged opinions, I suggest "Oh, Be Careful Little Ears."
And for the authors, I'd like to leave a bit of scripture for ponderment's sake -

1 Timothy 1
3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's work--which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. 7They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
1 Timothy 4
1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

Remember, music is a gift from God, not a gift from man. Don't let man tell you how it should be used based on their opinions and personal beliefs.
Good Arguements  Oct 22, 2005
Even though this book is not perfect, it is still a must read for any Christian concerned with such issues. Smith clearly illustrates why CCM is not appropriate for worship, because it glorifies the flesh. It is not singing in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). Today's popular music is specially designed to bypass the mind and appeal directly to one's senses and emotions, just like the easy distractions of popular culture. Not all pop culture is bad, but an excess of pop culture can erode the skills that a person needs for a robust spiritual life. Attention to the spiritual realm requires something that is different from the everyday distractions of modern pop culture. I highly recommend this book in addition to "Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement" by Dan Lucarini.
Misguided  Mar 10, 2005
To say that God spends his time worrying about percussion and 21st Century musical styles is like saying there are different brands of tortilla chips that Jesus warned us about, or God would hate it if you read the classifieds before reading the sports section.

Miss Smith has written a book which bends biblical verses to fit her own anti-rock music agenda. Books like this are making Christians all the more reactionary and silly.

The God I believe in doesn't care about meaningless conservative American hang-ups. Get over it! Perhaps if I tapped my foot on the ground in rhythm, miked it, recorded it and played it back it would technically be a "beat". What if I layed down this recorded "beat" to some of Miss Smith's lovely worshipful piano music? I guess that would automatically make her music unhealthy in the eyes of God.

I believe it is solid...  Jan 21, 2005
Good exegesis of the two (similar) verses in the N.T. that address music. Mrs. Smith clearly explains how God is referring not just to lyrics, but also the music to which they are set. Right away, we must admit that God has standards for music. It is more difficult to convey what those standards are. Mrs. Smith is correct in her assertion that we "must" worship God in spirit and truth. It follows that carnal (physical) "worship" is not appropriate worship. Music that is spiritual combined with lyrics that are truth qualify as Godly worship in the N.T. Music that appeals to the flesh OR lyrics that are not Biblical disqualifies itself as true worship. Carnal music is music that appeals to us physically-it makes our bodies respond. Spiritual music makes our spirit respond. If you cannot tell the difference, you have a problem. The Bible is clear-just as a well cannot bring forth bitter and sweet water, neither can music appeal both to the flesh and the spirit. Mrs. Smith could have better clarified these simple concepts. She should have also explained (maybe she did, and I just missed it) why in the O.T. many percussive instruments were used, but not in the N.T., where it seems they only sang hymns. In the O.T. people did not worship in spirit and truth (at least not exclusively). Rather, they often worshipped with sacrifices and rituals-carnal methods. That is why Christ told the Samaritan woman that the time was coming when all people would worship God in spirit and truth; not just at temple in Jerusalem, or through a priest. So the method of worship has changed! It is now exclusively in spirit and truth. I do not believe this book will help many people who are dedicated CCM listeners. Rock/carnal music becomes a physical addiction. It is a strong indication that a person is living in the flesh, not the spirit. The spiritual person responds like Elijah on the mount. The carnal person reacts like the prophets of Baal. God responded to the spiritual plea of Elijah. He will not respond to jiving, dancing, or any other physical action music may motivate. Unfortunately, many "Christians" today have gone the way of the Children of Israel. They want a king and a golden calf. They want to see, hear, and feel-physically. This is not the way to worship an almighty God, who is a spirit.
Deceived, disappointed and dumbfounded.  Jun 2, 2004
If it were possible to give a 0 star rating, this book would qualify. I would certainly like to see the evidence that the "Dr." who reviewed this book on March 18th saw, regarding the honest biblical standards he spoke of. I have read the book and found nothing of the sort. 98% of the verses used in this book have nothing to do with the issue at hand. -NOTHING- The very first verse on the first page of the first chapter is about sound doctrine, and the rest of the chapter speaks nothing in regard to that matter, at all. Quite frankly, there WAS no biblical case made for the author's position in this book. One needs to look no further than chapter six, (if you can make it through the first 5 that is) in order to see this. The language Kimberly Smith uses is SUBJECTIVE, with words like, "appears" "we'll call this rhythm carnal, or unnatural" etc. As I mentioned above, the verses at least most of them have literally nothing to do with the topic. This is bad proof-texting at best, and poor, poor, poor biblical hermenuetics at worst. It seems this book stems from a personal bias against rock music rather than from a supposed biblical standard that is never actually put forth. Pulling a verse out of context and stretching it to apply to a topic to which it was never intended does not constitute proof. I would recommend reading Romans 14 instead of this irrational jumble of something the Pharisees would have been proud of. I have no doubt Mrs. Smith is sincere in her motive, yet she herself admits sincerity can't be the basis for truth. This review has many words in it, but I can some it up in just one - WOW.

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