Here are three additional books I read for my Foundations of Worship class at UDTS.
Title “Introduction to Christian Worship” Author: James F. White
Number of Pages: 326 Total for 2014: 13,661
What It’s About: Surprisingly enough, this book is an introduction to Christian worship! How did the early church worship? How did worship change through the centuries? What about sacred music, baptism, and communion? Why are there so many different traditions? This book is a great primer for understanding Church worship and it was the basic text for our class discussions.
Title: Eucharist: Christ’s Feast With The Church Author: Laurence Hull Stookey.
Number of Pages: 211 Total for 2014: 13,872
What it’s About: The traditions, practices, and understanding behind how the Eucharist is celebrated in the Church. This book gives the history of practices around The Lord’s Supper and table fellowship.
Title: Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship Author: Thomas G. Long
Number of Pages: 136 Total for 2014: 14,008
What It’s About: It’s not about traditional vs. contemporary or old vs. new. It’s about worshiping well and strong leadership. In this book, Long looks at 9 characteristics shared by vital and faithful congregations practiced by churches that have moved beyond the debates many of us are still having. He gives practical advice for churches that want to put them into practice. This is a great book for worship leaders and worship planners!