The Road to "Glory Revealed"
- Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Author David Nasser’s own life story unfolds like a modern Michael Crichton bestseller. It boasts a hefty dose of drama – as Nasser’s family fled their native Iran during a period of civil unrest in the late ’70s – and a poignant, memorable turning point where the main character experiences a life-altering encounter that dictates his personal and professional paths.
Embracing a personal relationship with Christ at 18, Nasser felt a call upon his life that would springboard him into a position in which he now ministers to more than 700,000 people each year via festivals, camps, revivals, retreats and citywide events. In the past seven years, Nasser has added “author” to his resumé with the devotional books "A Call to Die" and "A Call to Grace." This spring, he made his debut in the musical arena.
But it’s not what you think. This man of the cloth doesn’t sing or rip a smoking guitar riff. But he loves music, especially the acoustic kind, and he is passionate about the benefits of scripture memory. The Reunion Records release of "Glory Revealed" finds Nasser executive producing on a new CD that plays like a "Who’s Who" of Christian music.
The multi-artist worship album features 10 intentional Scripture passages, most selected by Nasser, draped over original, serene melodies and rendered by artist-songwriters such as Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, David Crowder, Brian Littrell, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith and Shane & Shane. Nasser employed his friend and musician extraordinaire Mac Powell from Third Day to serve as the proverbial casting agent and record producer.
Over dinner months back, Nasser told Powell about a book he was writing in which he would illustrate God’s characteristics through biblical examples, such as that of Job’s suffering and Moses’ successes. Nasser admits he grew frustrated after watching person after person walk away from church conferences and youth rallies with an inflamed desire to serve God but no practical understanding of how to daily walk in faith.
“I saw people looking for God in an emotional moment of bliss more than they were looking for Him in the Word of God. They were looking for God’s will through the latest Casting Crowns song or CCM Magazine article or David Nasser book. God is speaking to us, but not necessarily through the latest song or sermon. Those are good things, and God reveals Himself through those, but He’s mainly speaking to us through the Bible,” Nasser says.
His goal became to equip readers with scriptural truth and relevant passages they could apply to their own lives. As a music enthusiast, Nasser saw how his friends, staff and family easily committed song lyrics to memory when wrapped in a catchy melody. Creating a companion CD to his book would be the perfect tool to reflect the principles he was writing about.
“When David approached me,” says Powell, who birthed the album out of his Atlanta-based home studio, "he wanted to make a project that would be organic and almost bluegrass so it would make sense for worship songs.”
Nasser recalls Powell’s brief apprehension about recording a stripped-down album for the largely radio-fed, pop-leaning Christian music listeners.
“In looking at the iPods of the teens and college kids I hang out with,” Nasser says, “they were filled with this roots-driven music.
“When I was 19, I couldn’t get enough James Taylor. It was because I was looking for the simplicity and rest that I could find in that style of music despite the business of my day. I want people to find rest in this record,” he says.
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