"Delightful.... This richly illustrated book is like a lively performance of the piece itself.... Captures the essence of Handel's magic."—Wall Street Journal
"With its astute commentaries on the operas, this book makes a brilliantly lucid guide to Handel's evolving art."
"Keates is an enthusiastic, serious and careful writer.... The author clearly knows what he is talking about, and illuminates what we thought we knew."
—Guardian (UK), Book of the Week
"However you like to hear your Messiah, you should enjoy it more for reading Keates's lucid guide...his analysis is taut and his narrative skillfully concise."
"One strength of Keates's book is the reminder that it is not only the music of Messiah that is extraordinary. So is the libretto, penned by Charles Jennens.... Keates's book does what it needs to do in awakening an urge to hear Handel's masterwork again, and now with a bit deeper understanding."—Christianity Today
The Deseret News
"Keates illuminates the biography of this famous oratorio.... Messiah's life story is one of humble beginnings, soaring successes, controversial adaptations, and eventual redemption, not unlike the scriptures from whence it came."—The Deseret News