I recently read the book Called to Worship by Vernon M.Whaley. It was a hard read for me as it took me a long time to read. I believe that this book would be a great text-book for a Christian College however it is not a light-hearted book to read. It took me several times to read some of the passages before I truly understood what it was saying. I did however enjoy the chapters they had on the book of Psalms. I would say that they were my favorite part of the book. Even though this was a hard book for me to read it did challenge me to worship in a different way, especially in the book of Psalms when they would give you daily readings, prayers, devotionals, and thoughts for the day. My favorite thought of the day was on page 175: Seasons change; flowers die; colors fade; life ends. But the love of my God-for me-is Forever! This to me sums up what the book is trying to say about worship.I wouldnt recommend this book to someone who is a light-hearted reader. This book is only for those who wish to push through the hard reading to gain the nuggets of what the author is trying to say. If you are that kind of person I would recommend you to read this book or if you are a person looking to get deeper into worship of God.
This book was an interesting read for many reasons. First and foremost, in my "day job", I serve as a Music Minister and am constantly studying the origins of worship and how they can be applied to our modern times. In this book, Whaley covered the introduction of even the thought of worship, which was not a Sunday morning exclusive thing. Worship is a 24/7 thing that we should begin to take hold of.In the very origin of life, we were created to worship God. In all we do, every action, every word, every thought should be God-honoring. This book just gave me a few more reminders of how worship was presented to us in the Bible. He also used quotes from varied teachers and speakers, who many times share completely opposite beliefs. I didn't have a major issue there, but thought he incorporated them well to get his idea across.All in all, the book was a good read although somewhat lengthy. It has the feel of a textbook. Never being a great fan of reading textbooks word-for-word, I would give this book a rating of 3 1/2 our of 5 possible stars. If you want to know more about worship, "Called to Worship" would be a great resource book.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call, written by Dr. Vernon M. Whaley, is a must-read for all those who are new to worship, as well as a refresher for those who have been worshiping God since they come to know Him as their personal Saviour. In this whole book, the author brings us to a tour of how people from Old Testaments all the way down to New Testament worshipped God. The very essense of thus book is probably this: "God yearns to establish relationship with us, His created ones".I was in a season where worship became difficult and complacent when I finally received this book. Reading this book challenged and transformed my worship and prayer life, encouraging me to seek God deeper than ever.I really liked how Dr. Whaley explained about the worship styles of different era, individuals and situations, according to the chronological order of the bible. One can follow easily, even if we're unfamiliar with the bible. It also encourages us to read our bible as we read on. Besides that, there is always a summary known as "Principles of Worship from this Chapter" at the end of the chapter which helps us to refresh our memory after reading the chapter.One important point that he had conveyed was it is okay to be imperfect, and still worshipping the God who is perfect in every way. He pointed out the imperfections of the biblical characters mentioned in the book and how God still longed for their worship and blessed them abundantly when they returned to God. Even in modern days, we can still return to the God who yearns to establish relationship with us ever more by first being obedient to Him and start worshipping Him once again.This is a book suitable to be used for personal devotion, small group material as well as teaching material for the topics of biblical worship.
Called to Worship examines what the Bible says about worship. Dr. Vernon Whaley takes the reader on a tour of the scriptures with respect to our worship of God. What can we learn about worship in Genesis, the Psalms, and the Prophetic Books? How about the Gospels and the Epistles? Whaley offers answers to these questions and more in this easy to understand volume.When I requested this book to review from Thomas Nelson, I expected the book to be about worship in the church. But I quickly realized this book was about much more. Though corporate worship is discussed, it is just one of the ways that we as Christians worship, and is not the focus of the book. The book discusses all facets of worship. What is worship? Why should we worship? How and where should we worship? I appreciated the book's focus on God as the object of our worship.Dr. Whaley, though a professor, does not write in a highly technical, difficult to understand style. He summarized many of the "stories" of the Bible and included scripture passages from various translations of the Bible. I can appreciate the author's desire to ensure that all readers know the scripture well enough to understand the principles of worship that he expounded upon; however, the re-hashing of these familiar Bible stories made the book longer than necessary in my opinion. I think I could have solely read the chapter summaries and saved myself a lot of time. I also personally did not care for his frequent use of quotations from The Message and The New Century Versions of the Bible. I think these "translations" stray too far from the original Greek and Hebrew texts and I hesitate to draw any binding conclusions from these versions.I received this book from Thomas Nelson as a member of the Book Review Bloggers. For more information go to http://brb.thomasnelson.com.
Worship, usually defined as the singing part of church get-together on Sundays. It is the "place" you invite someone to when you are inviting them to "church". Most of the Christian churches will think of worship as coming from New Testament teachings. Rarely will we take a peek into the Old Testament when it comes to worship, or its concept.Vernon Whaley takes his reader through the Bible and investigates different areas of the Bible and how it is involved in worship. As a Bible student I was greatly intrigued by his weaving of worship and its strategies from many of the books of the Old Testament which I hadn't really thought of taking this concept from. He also took me into the lives and people, and showed ways they were worshiping or not worshiping. I enjoyed how he brought out the Old Testament stories and concepts of worship, the most. I also enjoyed discussing the time between the Testaments, as a time which God didn't speak to the people, through prophets or otherwise.I also enjoyed how he started the New Testament and looking at Jesus and his model for our worship, mostly from a personal basis. However, one thing really, and I can't emphasize it enough, let me down when he brought out the concept of worship from Romans 12:1-2. He mentioned that the New Testament word for worship is proskuneo, in the Greek. Which that is the word for some of the words translated worship. But he alluded that the Romans passage was that word used. He never told us what the word actually is, which is latreuo. This is a totally different meaning than proskuneo.The rest of the book was good, but it was kind of hard to keep my attention, some not being the books fault. It did wrap up well, speaking from the book of Revelation.His ability to provide modern day glimpses made it very interesting. I would recommend the book, but be wary of the ill use or lack of clarifying part of the word for worship in Romans 12.