Worship Leaders Top 20 Books of the Past 20 Years
Our publisher Chuck Fromm is a voracious reader, especially in the genre of worship and theology. So naturally we went to him to give us the definitive list of top 20 books from the past 20 years.
3. Common Roots
This book, which includes an enlightening and extensive foreword from David Neff, shows the importance of worship as a continuance from the past. We worship in the present in the space between the past and the future. Christian worship begins with Christus Victor.
10. The Effective Executive
Peter F. Drucker
Peter Drucker, “the father of modern management,” a man known for his wisdom—and my mentor—was first, a theologian and second, a sociologist/economist. His biblical worldview shines through all of his writing.
12. The Medium and the Light
A classic and timeless treatise by one of the most influential thinkers and writers on “media.” McLuhan’s quote is worth contemplating endlessly. “In Jesus Christ, there is no distance or separation between the medium and the message … It’s the one case where we can say that the medium and the message are fully one and the same.”
13. Art in Action
This is a must read for worship leaders and creators of content. Wolterstorff connects function with aesthetics. For example, a tree is beautiful, bears fruit, but also converts Carbon Dioxide in to Oxygen.
14. The Torah’s Vision of Worship
Samuel E. Balentine
Balentine gives insight into developing worship beginning in the Garden with man actually participating in completing creation through “naming” and takes us through Tabernacle and Temple worship.
17. Theology, Music and Time
Jeremy S. Begbie
If you were at NWLC in California this year, you know why I chose this book. Begbie is the leading voice on theology through the arts movement. This book provides a sound basis for understanding both the beauty and function of music in worship.
18. Visual Faith
William A. Dyrness
Bill’s book both reflects and fuels the move to more visual and artistic expression with the Church, and especially the reformed tradition. His advocacy is responsible, informed, and creative.
19. Worship Old and New
“A worship that will have staying power is a worship that is firmly grounded in the old, yet aware of and concerned for new ways to respond to the old, old story.” Even from heaven, Bob is still one of the most influential voices in liturgical renewal and worship.
20. Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel
Ronald Barclay Allen & Gordon Boror
This belongs on every pastor’s bookshelf. It not only defines worship, but gives a clear biblical description of theology and practice in worship.
Two books written before 20-year cut-off but have to be included on any best-of-worship-books list.
Jubilate I & II
Donald P. Hustad
From the Dean of Protestant Evangelical music historians, Jubilate provides a grand overview of hymnology, putting in perspective the biblical period of history up to the 21st century.
Top 10 for 2012
(In alphabetical order by title)
Here are Chuck’s 10 favorite worship books that came out in 2012.