Title: Hell In The Choirstand – Religious & Inspirational Fiction
Author: Titus Pollard
Publisher: Titus Pollard Publishing (April 15, 2015)
Number of Pages: 300 pages
ASIN: B00V7GQD02 (EBook)
ISBN-10: 0692214968 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-0692214961 (Paperback)
About The Author:
Titus Pollard has ventured into new artistic ground by signing to the Urban Christian imprint with a highly anticipated debut novel, Living Right on Wrong Street. He is also a critically acclaimed Classical, Jazz & Gospel musician, educator, clinician, playwright, and actor.He is personally responsible for teaching some of the most renowned artisans of contemporary music. Some of his former students have been in the employ of Dr. Bobby Jones, Maynard Ferguson, the New York Repertory Theatre, Kelly Price, The Clark Sisters, The O’Jays, and the Morehouse Glee Club.
In addition to his writing, his most recent projects include his role as Rev. Cole in the film A Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Married (2008), the Gospel music CD Conversation with a Psalmist (2007), and the musical director of the stage play The Whole House (2008). He is probably best known for his world-renowned video instruction series Learn to Play Gospel Piano (1989). Here is Titus Pollard’s site: http://www.tituspollard.com
About This Book:
There’s no battle like a spiritual one! In HELL IN THE CHOIRSTAND, Jeremiah David Day moves to the spiritually desolate city of Olds. Jeremiah, an anointed Gospel musician, receives an invitation from Rev. Daniel Trantham, the pastor of Ezekiel Baptist Church, to become their minister of music. Ezekiel’s congregation welcomes Jeremiah as he goes to work establishing the music department as an army of worshipers, but Renard Singleton, the church organist, feels that Jeremiah is unnecessarily disturbing the natural order of things. Renard resents being overlooked for the music minister position, and enters into a spree of revenge against Jeremiah through botched choir rehearsals and petty squabbles with individual singers. Renard concentrates the majority of his activities, however, in the spiritual realm. Unbeknownst to Jeremiah, Renard is a member of the Society of Tyrus; a secretive, demonic cult of musicians with chapters (The Pentagrammatory) that span across the country. Renard prepares a series of musical spells and incantations; prescribed from a book (Codified Manual of Tyrus) whose origin dates back to the 9th century and believed to be inspired by Heaven’s (excommunicated) original chief musician, Lucifer. Renard’s intention – use music to erect confusion among God’s people through the worship services. Renard’s father, Adrian, attempts to dissuade his son’s scheme with the admission of a thirty year old family secret, but it’s to no avail. Equipped with the new information, Renard heightens his damnable acts – the planting of arcane devices in Bibles, morbid musical arrangements, and secular compositions that call for the eradication of the people of God. As the story progresses, the Tyrus Society’s annual DOA – a nationwide strategic confusion of church worship – is fast approaching, and Renard wants to be at the forefront of the movement. But God has sharpened Jeremiah’s weapon. A battle ensues as the two musicians take up arms. Jeremiah embraces the Lord while Renard clutches the Ras el-Ain. The result is a musical showdown in the middle of a worship service where human and instrumental voices unite to summon the ear of God and mobilize an angelic host. The Heavens are telling! HELL IN THE CHOIR-STAND is a revelation of the power that music possesses and how faith in God restores and upholds a people, a city, and the world.
Hell In The Choirstand Book Review:
Melodramatic draft of the plot was complement by the mix of descriptive and factual quantity that were mingle into the plot. I love the way how Titus Pollard presented the history lesson in the beginning of this book, “Hell In The Choirstand.” Mr. Pollard wanted to show the readers in order that history lesson being the aspect how that satanic repercussion were created, at times, a subtle attempt, no make that a subtle success at messing with “true” gospel.The Characters were well created which shape them believable and truly gave them personality. The picturesque transcription of this Christian Novella encouraged me to put a picture (In My Mindset) the glimpse of the characters while I am reading. Even though this is a fiction book but I can relate to this storytelling. Not only I been in the Church most of my life but I also sang in the Choir, the characters were substantial and in good representations of the type of individuals that I will encounter in the Church. The overshadow theme about the forces of Satan work their way in disguise into the Church definitely is the absolute the truth that Titus Pollard is talking about in this book. This is something for me to think about and makes me to be more in the right mind both in my personal life and in the Church. The devil sit right next to us in the Church pews, singing in the Choir, on the Pulpit, on the deacon and trustee board in the purpose of destroying the Church through the Church Folks. Satan love to slither his way into our Church Services without us knowing it. I also love the way Titus Pollard presented the Word of God to each verse from the Holy Bible, with the next one was a genius idea in the purpose of minister to the readers.
This book really make you think about secret societies(clique) with hidden agenda that is often evil. The ongoing warfare of the positive and the negative behavior is fought between two Church musicians. The battleground for souls make the scene at the Ezekiel Baptist Church, a fast growing Church that is expanding and growing. The Church musician, Jeremiah Day finds himself at Ezekiel through the intervention of God. He immediately takes leadership of the music department while getting on Renard’s nerve who has been the Choir Director for over a decade. Renard is connected with the secret circle of Tyrus which is a nationwide group of musicians who inject themselves into the Church Music Programs in order to cause controversy, disharmony, chaos and turbulence throughout Ezekiel Church Music Ministry. The chords used be composed in the influence of evil to destroy the Church Ministry. I know this book is fiction, but this do happen in many Churches today. If you are a Christian who are seeking help to discover solution to triumph over wicked in your house of worship (The Church), then I recommend you to read this book for yourself. We as Christians are in denial that there are a spiritual warfare going on in the Church. While we are shouting in the Church, the devil is sitting right next to us in Church in disguise. There are definitely hell in the Choir stand causing havoc in the Choir. It suppose to be harmony in the Choir instead there are disharmony because most likely it starts with the leadership. As you read this book, you may have to stop reading several times, to allow the words meditate about what you just read. You can be minister to by allowing the message to help you to know the true purpose of Worship through God’s music. Titus wants the reader to know that God is truly holds all power in His Hands.
Titus Pollard created a great book that can turn into a personal Sermon “Hell In The Choirstand.” Once I started to read this book, I didn’t want to put it down. I really love the characters of Jeremiah Day and his wife Arze Day. Both Jeremiah and Arze are marvelous in their God given gift to produce Ezekieh Baptist Church into a greater level of praise. Jeremiah remain steadfast while Renard Singleton was a corrupt person trying to tear down the music ministry. We all can learn from Jeremiah by staying faithful to God. When we stay faithful to Him, God in due time will work out the situations and remove all things and people that aren’t Holy or pleasing to Him. I really love the plot and the narrative that was well written and takes you on a journey through many twists and turns. For me “Hell In The Choirstand” kept me on my feet and grab my attention from the first page to the last page of this story. The Chaos that Renard try to created against Pastor Trantham and The Ezekieh Church really does happen to many of our Churches. If the head isn’t right then don’t expect the tail be right. Praise and Worship is our best weapon to fight against Spiritual Warfare and keep the Hell out of the Choirstand. I highly endorsed this book to everyone especially those individuals that are involved in the Church Music Ministry. I am looking forward to read more book from this anointed Author. I pray that “Hell In The Choirstand” become a block buster movie.