Free Audiobook for December

ChristianAudio’s free audiobook for this month is Handel’s Messiah: Comfort for God’s People by Calvin R. Stapert.  According to the website,

Handel’s oratorio Messiah is a phenomenon with no parallel in music history. No other work of music has been so popular for so long. Yet familiarity can sometimes breed contempt — and also misunderstanding.

This book by music expert Calvin Stapert will greatly increase understanding and appreciation of Handel’s majestic Messiah, whether readers are old friends of this remarkable work or have only just discovered its magnificence.

Stapert provides fascinating historical background, tracing not only Messiah’s unlikely inception but also its amazing reception throughout history. The bulk of the book offers scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the whole work, focusing on the way Handel’s music beautifully interprets and illuminates the biblical text.

For anyone seeking to appreciate Handel’s Messiah more, this informed yet accessible guide is the book to have and read.

I’ve been listening to this book this week and so far have enjoyed it.  As an added bonus, the audiobook also includes selections from Handel’s Messiah. Get your free downloand at



2 Responses

  1. Greetings Stephen,

    I just wanted to thank you for the monumental work you have done with Adam Smith and Librivox.

    Much appreciated,


    • Hi Brian,
      Thank you very much for your feedback and encouragement. It’s more than a little humbling to know that someone listens AND actually enjoys the recording. It’s been a great read and I’m looking forward to finishing Smith’s book.

      Thanks again,

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