Book: The Worship Leader's Handbook: Practical Answers to Tough Questions

Tom Kraeuter. Lynnwood, Wash.: Emerald Books/Training Resources, 1997. 157 pp. $9.00. 1-888-333-1724.

Tom Kraeuter, author of at least five books on leading worship, offers advice borne of Bible study and personal experience arranged in an easy-to-use Question and Answer format. He asks

good questions and sometimes gives good, practical answers. (Q: “How can I worship more instead of concentrating on the musical mechanics?” A: Practice more.) But sometimes his answers are not so good and other times he just dodges altogether the tough questions he’s posed. For example, his bottom-line response to the crucial question of whether or not worship should follow a biblical pattern is: “There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Pray for the Lord’s guidance and He will lead you.” Readers can find some helpful guidance on these pages—but not on every page.

Ron Rienstra is associate professor of preaching and worship arts at Western Theological Seminary and co-author of Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry (Baker Academic, 2009).