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‘Experiencing God’ musical nominated for Dove Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“Experiencing God … The Musical,” published by Genevox Music, an imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been nominated for a Dove Award.

The musical is among five in the “musical of the year” category, with the winner to be announced at the 32nd Annual Dove Awards April 26 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

Since its release last year, approximately 80,000 copies of the Experiencing God … The Musical choral book have been sold. The work premiered before hundreds of church musicians and worship leaders in late April 2000 at the annual MusiCalifornia conference in San Diego.

Written by Claire Cloninger and Gary Rhodes, the 70-minute work features original songs, along with some classic hymns, praise choruses and contemporary Christian songs. An interweaving of narration brought it under the umbrella of the “seven realities” discussed in the discipleship course, “Experiencing God,” by Henry Blackaby.

In its more than 10-year history, Experiencing God has been translated into more than 45 languages, and the workbook has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, crossing denominational boundaries.

Mark Blankenship, director of LifeWay’s music ministries department, said he believes the musical can be used “not only as a worship tool, encountering God and causing revival, but also as a catalyst to inspire churches to study the book. We really feel this is anointed, and God has got his hand on it.”

Information on “Experiencing God … The Musical” is available by calling 1-800-GENEVOX.

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