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- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 23, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2018
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- Language: English
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As I turned each page, my heart was freshly inspired again to worship our great God with everything I have.
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It s essential that we worship God with understanding, and therefore this is an important book. Read it - it s time to join the Holy Roar!
If there s a textbook for Praise and Worship 101, this is it... I highly recommend this book to the church leader and churchgoer alike.
I believe this book will help the greater church become rich in understanding, as the Holy Spirit leads us to live authentic, purposed and worshipful lives.
I will be reading this one over and over again. What a great tool for all of us.
I believe this book will play a major role in the church's understanding of worship in years to come.
In this book Chris and Darren will open your eyes to all that you have at your disposal when it comes to worship.
What an amazing invitation to uncover the transforming language of our personal praise to God.
Nathan and Christy Nockels
Holy Roar is packed with fresh insights and illuminating stories, this book will change the way you worship.
--holyroar.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Chris and Darren have written an inspiring, insightful, and practical book on worship.' -- Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author
'As I turned each page, my heart was freshly inspired again to worship our great God with everything I have.' -- Michael W. Smith, Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, and author
'It's essential that we worship God with understanding, and therefore this is an important book. Read it. It's time to join the holy roar!' -- Matt Redman, Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, and author
'In this book Chris and Darren will open your eyes to all that you have at your disposal when it comes to worship.' -- Levi Lusko, bestselling author and pastor of Fresh Life Church
'Holy Roar is packed with fresh insights and illuminating stories. This book will change the way you worship.' -- Greg Laurie, bestselling author and pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship
'What an amazing invitation to uncover the transforming language of our personal praise to God.' -- Nathan and Christy Nockels, singers, songwriters, and founders of the band Watermark
'If there's a textbook for Praise and Worship 101, this is it. I highly recommend this book to the church leader and churchgoer alike.' -- Matt Maher, Grammy Award–nominated singer, songwriter, and author
'I believe this book will help the greater church become rich in understanding, as the Holy Spirit leads us to live authentic, purposed, and worshipful lives.' -- Darlene Zschech, worship leader, singer-songwriter, and pioneer of the modern worship movement
'I believe this book will play a major role in the church's understanding of worship in years to come.' -- Banning Liebscher, founder and pastor of Jesus Culture --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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I quote from gotanswers.org: “John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." Worship is a spiritual event, and true worship comes from the heart. If our worship is not heartfelt, it doesn’t matter what posture or expression of worship we use. If our worship is from the heart, God accepts our worship.”
Since my church worship team was required to do this book for 8 weeks, I found that some of the words were not explained fully so I researched them. What is presented in this book is given by Mr. Whitehead in his sermon entitled “Theology of Praise” to Cherry Hills Community Church on June 11, 2017. He is extremely physically expressive himself and paces and gestures the entire time he preaches except for one telling moment…Go watch at minute 19:55.
In the section on Shabach, the holy roar, after building up excitement for all Jesus has done for us, he abruptly stops and puts his hands to his side. He starts singing in a mockingly soft, sweet voice and rolling his eyes, “You came from heaven to earth to show the way” and some people in the congregation started laughing. It is totally unacceptable to me to make fun of how your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ worship and that does not bring glory to God. In the chapter on Halal, “the fools of praise,” Mr. Whitehead even wonders if God looks down on our North American worship (p. 36). And in chapter 8 (p. 115), Mr. Whitehead presumes to know in detail exactly how David would praise God all day long if he were alive today in our culture!
Chapter 1 is on the raising of hands. Mr. Whitehead strongly implies that this is applicable and commanded for every denomination and that we should start doing it now. He gives 7 scriptures to read at the end of the chapter.
IF you actually go read them, you will find examples of people raising their hands but no commandment to do so. The closest thing to a commandment is Psalm 134:2, but when you look at the context it is talking about the priests of Israel who conducted their ministry at all hours in the temple. My study Bible says that the lifting of hands here refers to one of the standard postures for PRAYER in Biblical times which was to stand with arms outstretched toward heaven. My William Barclay commentary says the same thing about 1 Timothy 2:8 - "The early church took over the Jewish attitude of prayer, which was to pray standing, with arms outstretched and the palms upward." The pastors at my church actually had to weigh in on this controversy and state it is not commanded in the Bible to raise hands and this is not our church’s position.
In the last chapter (p. 114), Mr. Whitehead says that if you found yourself being uncomfortable with some of these outward expressions, then it’s OK. But then he explains that it’s not OK because well, God knows where you are but He wants you to “grow” into his opinion of what is “full, free” expression of praise. He very obviously feels like anyone who is not engaging in outward expressions regardless of what the posture of their heart is – that they are inferior in this hierarchy of “performance” standards. He then uses a Richard Foster quote to suggest that fear of what others think and a refusal to humble themselves are the reasons these people are not worshiping with their whole beings.
You can’t presume that a lack of outward physical expressions means you know what is in a person’s heart and how they love and reverence God. You can’t say that one style of worship is the one God wants simply because it is your preference.
It is absolutely possible that someone reserved could be worshiping freely and fully in their own authentic way in response to God. No one should be made to feel pressured or criticized in their worship if it is heartfelt, and the only one who knows that for each individual is God Himself.
The book is humbling in that it opens our hearts to the possibility that we’ve all missed something in our worship times for a large part of our lives.
Each chapter is broken into three sections. The first is authored by Whitehead and he breaks down the Hebrew word and its meaning, then gives a personal experience where that word was applicable and real in a situation in his life. The second section is authored by Tomlin and he gives the background behind songs that he’s written or recorded. He talks about the season and situation that these songs were birthed from and how they tie directly back to the Hebrew words discussed in the chapter. Perhaps it’s because I’m a musician and worship leader myself, but the moments in the book from Tomlin and the backstory to the songs was so powerful for me. To understand the Hebrew words of praise, and then to tie them to the songs that already meant so much to me and to our congregation made for truly special reading times. The third section of each chapter is a reflection time, scripture references, and study questions. This allows the book to be used for personal study or for a group study.
Although short, this book has changed my perspective on worship and how we go about it. It has given me a deeper understanding of praise – and that’s coming from a man who has been leading worship for over a decade. The book has also given me a deeper and more intimate appreciation for some of Tomlin’s songs, which says a lot, because I have always believed him to be one of the most gifted worship leaders of our time and maybe the greatest worship songwriter ever.
Can’t recommend this little book enough. It has changed me. Thankful for it and hope many others read it and that it changes them as well.
You don't need to be a Tomlin fan to appreciate the book; anyone with a pulse should get something out of it. But I think worship leaders should appreciate it more, especially if you're familiar with Tomlin's music.
The only thing I'd change is that the seven Hebrew words they introduce are published backwards (left to right) instead of the Hebrew way (right to left). So if you're trying to correlate the seven words with a Hebrew bible (I use BibleWorks software), you'll be confused until you reverse the Hebrew letters. (At least I think that's true...I'm a novice at Hebrew, so I apologize if I've got that wrong.)