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Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 9, 2009

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About the Author

Vernon M. Whaley is Director of the Center for Worship and Chairman of the Department of Music and Worship Studies at Liberty University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418519588
  • ASIN: B0046LUTHI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout the book, Whaley is constantly providing Scriptures for everything.
Joseph Yates
I highly recommend, just as so many others have, to anyone interested in serving, or just being a part of worship(that should be any Christian) to read this book!
Travis Goodspeed
Called to Worship by Vernon Whaley is a wonderful book, because Vernon practices what he has written in this great book.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Samuels on November 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was written to provide answers about God's plan for worship, what worship is, and how to go about worshipping in a Biblical manner.

The author does a very good job of presenting worship practices from the Bible in an easy-to-read style. He takes the reader through both the Old and New Testaments as he examines recorded examples of worship.

While I feel that there is quite a bit of good information to be taken from this book, the overall tone of the author was a bit off-putting to me personally. The writing seemed a bit contrived, as he tried (too hard in my opinion) to speak in a familiar tone, often sounding as if he were explaining his ideas to a small child. He also used many Wikipedia citations, which caused me to question the depth of his research.

Also, it seemed to me that much of the same information presented in this book could be found simply by reading the Bible on one's own.

While the author did stress the importance of obedience as the beginning of true worship, I felt he often confused praising God with worshiping Him. Praise certainly has its place in worship, but the words are not entirely interchangeable.

Sacrifice was a part of worship in the Old Testament, and the sacrifice of Christ was the main focus of worship found in the New Testament. Sacrifice was very seldom mentioned in this book, which I felt constituted quite a large oversight. Songs of praise, private prayer time... these things have their place in our times of worship, but they are not in and of themselves worship. The apostle Paul tells us,

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Frankly, your time would be better spent in searching the Bible for what it says on worship rather than in reading this book. I've done such a study, and it profoundly changed my life.

My first problem is that Whaley rarely pointed out Scriptures where God tells us how He wants to be worshiped--and there are plenty of them. After all, don't we want to know what GOD wants?

Instead, much of "Called to Worship" was the author's paraphrase of a Bible story (adding in motives that are not in the Bible and I often didn't think correct) with a small section at the end drawing lessons that he felt that Adam & Eve, Cain and Abel, Abram, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon, Elijah, Jehoshaphat, and Job demonstrated about worship.

He asks the reader to trust his often very speculative take on how he thinks God wants to be worshiped instead of looking for what God stated on the subject. (For example, the Garden of Eden supposedly demonstrates that perfect worship is that which is done all alone and totally secluded from all distractions.)

Another thing that distressed me were statements Whaley made in chapters 2 and 3 which directly contradict Scripture. For example, his statements strongly imply he thinks God has no control over Satan and that God couldn't protect Adam and Eve from Satan's influence any more than a father can protect his son from hearing a man cussing in public. He also says that Satan always had dominion over the earth (rather than Adam), that Satan existed "before Creation" (so he isn't created?), that suffering and the curse on the earth came from Satan's actions (instead of Adam's), that all of the resulting suffering was outside God's plan and completely harmful (he needs to read "If God Is Good" by Randy Alcorn).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By janjanmom on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I first received this book, I thought to my self, "UH-OH!" This is not a book for Janice, this is more of a Mike or Terrell book! However, I trudged on through. AND, I discovered it was a perfect book for Janice. Especially right now, I am in a weird place with my faith/God relationship. I have been really disillusioned with the concept of church as a whole. Not my church in particular because I love it and think we are very unique in our family-ness.

However, in relation to witnessing to a world that doesn't know Christ, church seems to not be the best way of reaching out. Churches as a whole get a bad rap, in some ways, a much deserved bad rap. We are paying for the sins of ourselves and the sins of our fathers. Sins which include treating others as 'not quite as good as we are', making visitors feel unwelcome, keeping our own sins a secret while nailing other people to the wall over theirs and so many more. Mostly though, our biggest sin is making our churches collections of people 'just like us'.

This books strips away all of that and puts worship on a higher plane than just church. Worship is not just about God, it is why we are created. It is why everything was created. This book delves deeply into the scripture and tells us exactly why we are created. Exactly why we treasure nature and all that it entails. Why God created the way he did, the order, the fact that he rested and so much more. I am in awe. AND I was already in awe, now I am so much more so. God is such a relational God and I JUST MISS IT. And I pay for missing it. Not only will I be referring to this book for a long time, I will also be exploring other books written by Vernon Whaley. He seems to pull the things from scripture that I have been passing over. This is one time where a book came into my life at just the right time and I am grateful. If you are struggling with your faith/God relationship, I highly recommend this book.
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