Skip to content

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ciao,

Pat Garcia


[1] http://opera.stanford.edu/iu/libretti/belshaz.htm,  Belshazzar, Georg Friedrich Händel, 1745.

[2] http://opera.stanford.edu/iu/libretti/belshaz.htm, Belshazzar, Georg Friedrich Händel, 1745.

Advertisements

From → Books

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Gwynn's Grit and Grin

Hazy and crazy days of Gwynn's life

MC Book Tours

Let us help promote your book today!

Peggy Wirgau

Novelist

Chaotic Shapes

Art and Lifestyle by Brandon Knoll

David H. Safford

Your Story Coach

This Writer's Life

Sharing Tips and Advice About Writing and Self-Publishing

Paving My Author's Road

...one writing step at a time

SavvyAuthors

SavvyAuthors: Writers helping writers.

karleesteffanni.wordpress.com/

Blog and Poetry. A Story in the Making.

What Inspires Your Writing?

A blog dedicated to writers...and the people, places, and things that spark their creativity

Angela Wooldridge

Life is an adventure...

Shannon Donnelly's Fresh Ink

writing and reading, the staples of life

Journey To Ambeth

by Helen Jones

Teagan's Books

Now available: "Three Things Serial, a Little 1920s Story"

Kim's Author Support Blog

Authors Supporting Authors!!!!!

Behind the White Coat

Beats a real human heart...

S.K. Nicholls

mybrandofgenius

Fiction Favorites

with John W. Howell

Entertaining Stories

Just a fiction writer, trying to reach the world.

kalpanaawrites

about divorce in India

Inner Sunshine

Inspiration, Encouragement, and Creative Writing

Lizzie Chantree

Creativity and inspiration with a smile!

RAVE WRITERS - INT'L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (rwisA)

An International Community of Elite Writers

%d bloggers like this: