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Make A Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

January 8, 2013

51dz0IkURyL._AA160_Looking at the title, Make a Joyful Noise, by Ms. Jenny Worstall, you think immediately of happiness, joy, and good times, and thus, some people would judge the book as being too naive, nothing for adult reading. However, the exact opposite is true.

The story as told by Worstall is remarkably realistic, and the book draws you into the world of a young woman whose desires are based on appearances, instead of the heart.

Worstall sets a background in the story, by using an amateur choir as a minor character, who is learning how to sing one of the most beautiful oratorios composed by Georg Friedrich Händel, with the exception of The Messiah, the oratorio, Belshazzar.   She writes a story about love, moral ethics, trust, and the determination never to give up on someone, whom you consider being your perfect partner for life.

The protagonist is a sweet and inexperienced young woman, who is hopelessly lost in the pedantic world of classroom teaching.  Young and at odds with her sister, whom she thinks is perfect, she is blinded to the many dangers cloaked in goodness behind the thinking and personality of her antagonist.  That she is blinded by the aura of his good looks and seemingly lack of manners, makes the male hero in Worstall’s story stand out even more so as a man of character, the man every mother would like her daughter to come home with. Surprisingly, everyone sees the wolf walking around in sheep clothing except the protagonist, her own mental judgment being impaired by her assessment, while looking only at the outside appearance. Thus, the antagonist stands, in my opinion,  as Belshazzar in Händel’s oratorio,  lurking for his prey but will he succeed?

I thank thee, Sesach! Thy sweet pow’r

Does to myself myself restore.

Thy plenteous heart-inspiring juice

All my courage lost renews.

I blush to think I shadows fear’d.

Cyrus, come on, I’m now prepar’d![1]

     (Belshazzar song before he fights against Cyrus)

51dz0IkURyL._AA160_Make a joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall, however, is not a peaceful Pollyanna book, which paints the world as hunky dory, and all is right in life.

  • Family oriented, yes it is,
  • Easy to read, undoubtedly so,

But valuable life principles based on truth, respect and trust written within the book will have you constantly hoping Little Red Riding Hood is not eaten by the big bad wolf.  The complications of her being able to see the truth elevates the story line, especially because the obvious is not seen by the protagonist. I kept wondering as I read the book, how many times did it have to be spelled out before she could see through the clouds.  So, Make A Joyful Noise held my interest, until the last page.

Sure, the protagonist wins at the end, but Ms. Worstall does a fantastic job of stitching a story together that is believable and can happen to anyone.

Again, I think of the choir, who played a minor, but significant role in Make A Joyful noise, and how Ms. Worstall threaded in the oratorio, Belshazzar,

Daniel sings: I will magnify Thee, O God my king! And I will praise thy name forever and ever,

And afterwards Daniel and  Nitocris
 sing  a duet:  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
 And let all flesh give thanks
Unto His holy name for ever and ever,

Before the choir sings the finale of the oratorio, which, in my opinion, can be compared with The Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah as Händel’s crowning moment.

The choir sings one word,  Amen! And their rendition of that one word shatters the earth.[2]

So is it with your book, Ms. Jenny Worstall.  By writing Make A Joyful Noise, you have written an excellent story of goodness that shatters the earth. I congratulate you on writing a book, which can be read by any family member. It is a book for the heart wrapped in a sweet fragrance with an excellent after taste, which will bring smiles to many faces.

Photo on 2011-03-31 at 13.42










Pat Garcia

[1],  Belshazzar, Georg Friedrich Händel, 1745.

[2], Belshazzar, Georg Friedrich Händel, 1745.

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