When Third Day’s Mac Powell and author David Nasser put out the call, many of the Christian community’s most prominent artists stepped up to the plate.
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 March, he makes 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.
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