Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call - eBook
I would like to see the capability to be able to highlight passages in the books. Highlight, change font color, etc. This would take the e-book way up in my evaluation!
January 20, 2011
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.
April 6, 2010
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.
February 9, 2010
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.
December 23, 2009