Recommendations

I’ve seen a lot of tragedy, with worship leaders going down in flames and congregations experiencing deep hurt.  This book probes at your heart.  It will give you a spiritual checkup—and it might just save you from disaster.  

Written for not only for lead worshipers and musicians but congregations, Dr. Steele does more than share the principles of biblical worship (he does that, and happily, with quite at bit of attention to Old Testament worship too). In the process, he invites you to reexamine your thoughts about worship, your attitude, your very soul.  He’s concerned that our knowledge is put into practice and that we act on it. You will find your conscience pricked and your discernment grow.  Some pithy comments will slow you down and linger in your memory.  But it’s short—get it, read it!

Dr. Barry Liesch, Ph.D.
Professor of music, author, performer/arranger
Coordinator of Music in Worship Program at Biola University

 

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Thoroughly biblical, easy to read and easy to apply, this book is for every worshiper who yearns for a deeper understanding of our responsible preparation for the gathering of the body of Christ in worship.  It is also for the lead worshiper who is seeking to engage the whole congregation in what it is called to do corporately—worship.  We are very thankful to Dr. Steele’s obedient commitment to teach by example hundreds of worship leaders in Cuba.

Dirce Cooper
International Mission Board, SBC
Worship Leadership Development, Cuba

 

Comments

  1. Eric Benoy says:

    Ed Steele gets right to the heart of corporate worship. Combining his personal experience with the thorough rigor of academic reserach, one comes to understand the distinctive nature of worship as a body of believers come together. Ed Steele underscores (1) the importance of how individuals connect with one another in a coporate setting for the single purpose of worship and (2) what worship is (here some may use the term “true worship” or “authentic worship”).

    Scripturally based and historically grounded, he addresses through a series of brief “essays” of how corporate worship began and has developed over many, many years. He gets to the real issues at hand, setting aside the perceived extraneous issues that often become stumbling blocks to corporate worship. More importantly, he has provided a solid contribution to the dialogue about authentic worship and the uniqueness of corporate worship and its role in the life of the Church.

    Whether one prefers a contemporary style of worship, a traditional style, or soemwhere in between, worship leaders and lay persons alike will find value in this book.

  2. Will Whittaker says:

    What is so wonderful about Dr. Ed Steele’s book is the practicality and application of each biblically- fused concept presented. While prominence is given to the historical account worship (biblical as well as in his excellent summary of congregational song), Steele certainly doesn’t forget to apply the historical account to contemporary context.

    The book was very clear and concise, without watering down any concept. Worship HeartCries could easily be developed into teaching material in a church or educational setting. The only drawback to the book was its brevity– I wanted more! Perhaps there are plans for part two?

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