While the testimonies usually do a decent job of complimenting the rest of the book and furthering its two main messages, not all of them succeed in this purpose. Some of the accounts provided in the text honestly feel like filler material, especially ones that are not written by the person themselves. Occasionally, a brief biography of a person will be provided without any sort of clear message or connection to either the chapter or the main messages that Smith is trying to convey with this book. Such dry, brief accounts show little personality or humanity and their inclusion seemed more like a way to artificially extend the book’s length than a way to build upon the messages conveyed through the rest of the text.
Additionally, each art form and any subcategories under that art form is given its own time progression for integration, which causes a lot of back-and-forth time skips when reading, often confusing the reader. Smith frequently jumps back and forth between 70’s, 20’s, 60’s, 80’s, 00’s, etc. when discussing different forms and variations within those forms. While he does give clear, easy-to-follow accounts of the integration process for each individual form, this particular writing style muddles the overall sequence of events and makes it more difficult to follow the progression of the church’s integration of the arts as a whole.
The most serious flaw with the book, however, is not with what is in the book but, rather, with what is not in the book. Successes and statements from those agreeing with integration are provided, but few if any examples of failed attempts or opposition are provided. It presents this picture of a consistent, unopposed progressiveness in the art integration process that is not entirely accurate, and makes the whole process seem easier than it actually was. There have been plenty of examples of the church being hesitant or outright resisting art. Baptists still mostly condemn dancing, and Christian rap and hip-hop remains controversial amongst older generations, but such instances are not elaborated on in the book.