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Worship Words: Discipling Language for Faithful Ministry (Engaging Worship) Paperback – February 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Engaging Worship
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080103616X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801036163
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learning the Grammar of Worship

In Worship Words, Debra and Ron Rienstra carefully examine the role and use of language--in praying, singing, and preaching--in the worship practices of the church. The authors' goal is to help students, pastors, and worship leaders come to a renewed appreciation and understanding of the beauty and power of words in worship and to inspire them to use words more intentionally--to the greater glory of God and the greater blessing of God's people.

"Deeply personal, wise, and practical, this book by Debra and Ron Rienstra provides trustworthy guidance to all who seek to employ faithful and energized language in worship. Their insights on the words of prayers, hymns, and sermons move us from the chatty excesses of much worship today to language that is lively, crisp, inviting, profound, and full of wonder."--Thomas G. Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"This book is an extraordinarily rich treasure chest of new insights, the best of research, and time-tested wisdom. Because of the unusual combination of their brilliant literary, musical, and theological gifts, the Rienstras offer phenomenal contributions to all of us who care about the church's worship. I most heartily recommend this book to everyone who seeks to glorify God fittingly."--Marva Dawn, author of Reaching Out without Dumbing Down, A Royal "Waste" of Time, and Talking the Walk

"I keep only classic worship books on my shelves. Worship Words will be there, assuming I ever get it back from my worship musician friends. Who knew! Music isn't everything!"--Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism

"What a stretching book full of rich ideas and thoughtful challenges to all of us who design worship experiences! I will put Worship Words in a spot on my bookshelf where it can be reached easily and used often as a resource for my own thinking and planning and to remind me of the profound significance of the language we use to call people to worship, to sing praise and lament, and to offer prayers to a holy and sovereign God. I am deeply grateful for the wisdom, experience, and research shared with us by the Rienstras."--Nancy Beach, Willow Creek Community Church

About the Author

Debra Rienstra (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is assistant professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has taught on worship in both workshops and seminary settings and is the author of Great with Child: On Becoming a Mother and So Much More: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality. Ron Rienstra is assistant professor of preaching and worship at Western Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America. He is currently completing the Ph.D. program in worship and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous articles in Reformed Worship and scholarly journals.

More About the Author

Debra Rienstra is associate professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has taught there since 1996. Her books include Great with Child: On Becoming a Mother (first published in 2002 by Tarcher Putnam and now reissued by WordFarm), So Much More: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality (published in 2005 by Jossey-Bass) and Worship Words (published in 2009 by Baker).

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It contains good and useful information for help in planning a worship service.
jabef
The angle of "worship words," furthermore transcends discussions about merely music or merely liturgical structure or merely practical how-to's.
Zachary M. Hicks
It's amazing how a book with so much depth could yet be so accessible, practical and even entertaining.
D. E. Burnett

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zachary M. Hicks on October 4, 2010
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The authors each bring unique contribution from their area of expertise. Debra Rienstra teaches English at Calvin College, and she therefore offers the penetrating linguistic insights. Ron Rienstra teaches preaching and worship at Western Theological Seminary. What is meant by the phrase "worship words" is clear from the stated purpose: "to help pastors and worship leaders attend carefully to the words used in prayers, songs, sermons, and other spoken elements in worship--and to use words more intentionally" (p. 19). This book, then, is an analysis of and reflection on the all the words we use in various ways worship...both as worship leaders and congregants.

It is obvious that this book comes from the minds of two very committed educators, because each chapter ends with bullet-pointed "Summary Calls to Action" and "Exercises" for groups and individuals. This is truly above and beyond. They would benefit the reader(s) immensely, but they are not essential to receiving and implementing the essence of their admonitions. Each chapter is also filled with sidebar stories and interesting illustrative tidbits, demarcated by grayed-out boxes. These, too, are the products of educators' minds...always attempting a broad pedagogical impact.

OVERALL COMMENTS

I now have another book to highly recommend to other worship leaders and thinkers (see my recommended reading list)! Never before has a work been dedicated to the broad use of words in worship, and with this fresh perspective, many original and important insights have been offered for ongoing discussions between tensions in worship (e.g. traditional vs. contemporary, formality vs. informality, relevant vs. historical, high-church vs. low church).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Burnett on February 24, 2009
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This book will enable worship planners and leaders to lead worship in a way that truly encourages deeper spiritual growth as well as excellent worship. It's amazing how a book with so much depth could yet be so accessible, practical and even entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philip W. Blycker on May 19, 2010
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This is not a book that was written on a free weekend at a spa. Nor was it written in "an ivory tower." This book is the result of many experiences and study. I found that I was either underlining or starring two to three sentences or paragraphs per page. Often I found myself re-reading a page because of its importance or its applicability. This book contains many valuable thoughts regarding words and why they matter in our private and public times of worship.

Dr. Philip Blycker
Dept. of Sacred Music
Seminario Biblico Rio Grande
Edinburg, TX 78539
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 2, 2011
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I am not a musician in any since of the word. I have had nothing to do with worship in church except for sitting in the congregation. So when a hymn writing class started at church, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and participate.
This book is used in the class. I must admit that I read way ahead of the class because everything resonated with me. Worship was a lacking discipline in my life and still is. But this book is going a long way to turn that around.
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By jabef on January 2, 2014
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This is a great book to keep within easy reach. It contains good and useful information for help in planning a worship service. This will stay on my shelf for future use.
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