As a Book Review Blogger for Thomas Nelson, I was recently sent Called To Worship: The Biblical Foundation of Worship by Vernon M. Whaley to read and review. After reading the book description, my interest was peaked:
IS HOW WE WORSHIP TRULY BIBLICAL? There’s only one way to find out: see what the Bible has to say. And that’s exactly what Called to Worship is all about. From Genesis to Revelation, every book in the Scriptures gives instruction and insight into God’s plan for worship. With this book, you’ll learn from Biblical heroes and ordinary people. Compare Old and New Testament practices. Glean insight from Biblical poetry and the Books of Wisdom. And most important, you’ll see how the life of Christ serves as a living guide to worship.
I initially expected Called To Worship to be very academic and text-book. I was pleasantly surprised. It was very easy to read and very easy to understand. I loved how the book showed me how worship occurred throughout the Bible. Whaley even devoted complete chapters of his book to specific books of the Bible! The chapters in Called to Worship were divided up in a very simple manner: Whaley spends the first part of the chapter giving the reader background information on worship practices in the Word. While in the second half of each chapter, Whaley gives the reader principals from the Word for how we can worship where we are at in our life.
Here is a video clip of Vernon M. Whaley speaking about his book, Called To Worship:
Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundation of Worship by Vernon M. Whaley can be purchased through Amazon.ca and Amazon.com