Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nonfiction Review: True Worshipers by Bob Kauflin

After reading John MacArthur's book on worship, the simple style and layout of Bob Kauflin's "True Worshipers" at first struck me as a book more suited for young adults. From the start, I appreciated Kauflin's dedication to truth and spirit in worship, a premise much the same as MacArthur, but the topics discusses soon became very different from, but very complementary to MacArthur's book. Kauflin's chapters focus on edification of the church, the gathering of the church body, and both the present and the future of worship. His topics sometimes felt preachy to me. I understand his Scriptural support, but as someone who has emotional reasons for feeling out of place at church, I didn't really find any solid answers or encouragements here, although they were hinted at. I certainly appreciated Kauflin's points on false, exaggerated emotional worship of extreme Charismatics. But most of all, I appreciated his two chapters on musical worship. Here, he begins to answers some tough questions. I wish he had chosen to expand his book just a bit more, but he states at the start that he chose to write a readable book instead of an overly intellectual book. I imagine most readers will thoroughly appreciate "True Worshipers," although those who are more hesitant in a church crowd may have a more difficult time reading it.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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