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Book: Reformed Worship

Howard L. Rice and James C. Huffstutler. Louisville: Geneva Press, 2001. 248 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0664501478.

Essays: Worship by the Book

D. A. Carson, ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002. 256 pp. $16.99. ISBN 0310216257.

There have been several collections of essays published in the last few years. Though these collections don’t provide narrative cohesiveness, they are able delve deeper into narrowly defined subject areas.

Essays: The Conviction of Things Not Seen

Todd E. Johnson, ed. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2002. 240 pp. $22.99. ISBN 1587430320.

Essays: Christian Worship in Reformed Churches Past and Present

Lukas Vischer, ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. 444 pp. $45.00. ISBN 0802805205.

Essays: Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice

John D. Witvliet. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003. 320 pp. $26.99. ISBN 0801026237.

This final collection of essays is by a single author, John D. Witvliet. Witvliet has organized these essays, many previously published but here presented in revised form, into five broad categories: biblical, theological, historical, musical, and pastoral studies.

Book: Awed to Heaven, Rooted to Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggeman. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2003. 173 pp. $12.00.

Anyone at all familiar with Walter Brueggemann’s work will note his characteristic offbeat style already in the title of this book (awed to heaven). Brueggemann, an Old Testament theologian, is here the theologian at prayer. This collection of prayers brings together his prayers (no more than a page each, often less) from such diverse occasions as opening a class to leading a worship service.

Book and Video: How We Seek God Together: Exploring Worship Style

Linda Clark, Joanne Swenson, and Mark Stamm. The Alban Institute, 2001. Book (137 pp.) and video.

Many books and articles are written about worship today, especially about the style of worship. But these three authors and the Alban Institute have found a way to deal with the issues in a very compelling way.

E-Book: 25 Ways to Become a More Successful Church Musician

David Schaap, editor. Kingston, NY: Selah Publishing Company, 2003. Available without charge online from Selah’s home page,, or directly at http://selah

Book: The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship

Matt Redman. Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, 2001. 126 pp. $12.99.

From the moment I opened Matt Redman’s The Unquenchable Worshipper I faced a dilemma: to move onto the next chapter as quickly as I could because I was hungry for more, or to mull and ponder the chapter I’d just finished because I liked the taste it left.