The back cover offers this invitation: “Jeff Deyo invites you into a conversation about worship in a book that was written for anyone seeking to experience the Lord in a deeper way.”
Accept the invitation, and you’ll find yourself immersed in Deyo’s own journey, the culmination of years as a student, teacher, and leader of worship, his experience and wisdom chronicled in his new book released today, “Awakening Pure Worship: Cultivating a Closer Friendship with God” (Destiny Image Publishers).
Deyo, who serves on the North Central University faculty as Worship Arts Specialist and is a founding member of the group Sonicflood, is passionate about Jesus. He doesn’t ever want to just lead people in music, but guide them into true worship of the One who has given them life.
“This isn’t a book for worship leaders; it’s a book for worshipers—for anyone who desires a deeper, more authentic relationship with God.”
Deyo is bold as he introduces the book to his readers, reminding the reader of who does not want anyone to experience pure worship. “The enemy is so tactical in the way he distracts, detracts, and attracts,” Deyo writes. “He’ll do anything to keep us from our one true purpose. From awakened worship. And to keep us from pure freedom, pure joy, and pure life—those things that arise as a result of unadulterated communion with God.”
Putting pen to a message that’s been burning in his heart for 25 years, Deyo reminds the reader, “God is calling us each into greater fellowship with Him, and maybe—just maybe—my simple deliberations in this book can serve as a lifeline of encouragement for you and for those you love.”
Deyo is founder of WorshipCityMinistries and Pure Worship Institute, and the voice behind classic worship songs like “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “In the Secret,” and “My Refuge”. As Sonicflood’s lead singer, primary songwriter and co-producer, Deyo saw the band’s gold certified, self-titled debut (1999) and its Grammy-nominated follow-up, Sonicpraise (2001), reach combined sales of over one million.