The Grammy-award winning Christian group Hillsong Worship recently released a new children’s book based on their top hit “What a Beautiful Name.” The song has amassed over 400 million views on YouTube alone and is sung by congregations across the world.
Written by Hillsong’s Brooke Ligertwood and Ben Fielding, along with their spouses Scott and Karalee, the 40-page picture book features a young boy named Oliver, who sets off on a journey with his pet monkey Leo.
The book, inspired by Fieldings’ son and his stuffed animal, presents the different themes featured in the popular song to children in a creative and fun way.
“Every single week we receive emails, social media postings and YouTube videos of children the world over singing this song,” the authors told The Christian Post. “Some know the words perfectly, others make up their own. Regardless, their little hearts are being opened to the Gospel message, and we want to help make this message even more accessible.”
Oliver and Leo become intrigued after hearing Oliver’s mother sing “What A Beautiful Name.”
“Curious to know who she’s singing about, Oliver embarks on the adventure of a lifetime alongside Leo to discover this mysterious name. He journeys through space, searches through jungles, and navigates oceans, all the while marveling at the beauty, wonder, and power that surrounds him,” the book’s synopsis reads.
During a moment’s rest after their long and arduous expedition, Oliver and Leo remember the name they’ve been searching for all along. The pair quickly race home to find the name in the Bible: “Creator and Savior, who made everything, Beautiful, Wonderful, Powerful King… JESUS.”
The book’s authors hope that Oliver and Leo’s adventure encourages children to explore the wonder and beauty of God and his creation.
“Worship is wonder. Teaching children about worship is to teach them about the wonder of who God is. That there will never be enough words,” the authors said. “Their imaginations will never be able to fully comprehend the goodness and fullness and faithfulness of God.”
Hillsong Worship has been at the forefront of global worship for the past 30 years. Their song, “What a Beautiful Name,” broke numerous records when it released in 2017.
It won two Dove Awards for Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. It also won a 2018 Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
The book released on Tuesday, September 15 and is available wherever books are sold.