Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nonfiction Review: Worship by John MacArthur

"Worship" is a topic I have always been curious to delve into. Congregational musical worship has never come easy to me. I'm a thinker, not an emotional person. And because I'm a thinker, I truly appreciate John MacArthur's detailed exploration of what true worship entails.

In his book, subtitled "The Ultimate Priority," MacArthur's main thesis is that worship must be of both truth and spirit, or mind and heart. That may seem obvious, but much of modern worship music seems to indicate otherwise. MacArthur appreciates all music forms and focuses on content rather than style. But he only includes one appendix chapter on church music worship.

The majority of his book deals with how Christians should worship God in their daily lives and with the "to whom" and "why" of worship. His writing style is similar to Randy Alcorn's detailed treatments of single topics, but without all the excess, repetitious details. I would like to see even more examples from the Bible on how people respond in worship, such as when David danced. I felt left short on a practical explanation of worship in daily life. But the examples of worship he does give are very pointed and helpful - for example, the woman at the well is used to look at the where of worship and the difference between Old and New Covenants.

Since worship is a topic I hope to study further, I plan to keep this book for my shelf. It has plenty of great bits that I would like to go back and digest more thoroughly.

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

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