Thursday, September 19, 2013

WORSHIP WALK by Gareth Goossen - Review

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"Gareth Goossen describes worship as entailing more than music, as entailing all of life. To that one can only say a hearty 'Amen.' But he does more than this, for he not only describes the goal of worship, doing so in a very down-to-earth way, but he also gives us the practical steps for progressing towards that goal. Worship does involve all of life, and I warmly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in entering into this reality." -Dr. Peter H. Davids, author, pastor, professor, and New Testament scholar
"At the very heart of worship is our longing to know and love God Worship Walk helps bring us back to that heart in a compelling way There are many powerful truths covered in this book-I love the way Gareth helps us to remember the truth of the cost of worship. God is more committed to forming his character in us than he is in providing for our comfort. This book is a timely reminder of what worship is all about and how we are to walk it out in our lives." -Brian Doerksen, world-renowned songwriter and worship leader 

You can purchase this book at Deeper Shopping and other retailers
About the author:
Gareth, with his wife Gayle, live in Breslau, Ontario, Canada. They have their three adult children and three grandchildren. They are actively involved in leadership responsibilities with The Meeting House—their home church in Kitchener, ON. The focus of the church is the irreligious message of Jesus and bringing his presence to the people in the community by actively engaging with them in acts of compassion. A church that is attempting to worship walk—intersecting the worship of the church with the life of the community!
You can learn more about the author on his website: http://www.makeusholy.org/

A big thanks to the author and TBCN who sent me this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

What did I think?
For me... this book is a keeper, a re-read once a year book. It has a powerful message, is very moving and inspires true worship.  Gareth speaks straight to the heart. Like Isaiah in the Bible, he encourages us to put aside all exterior showcasing of tradition and appearances of worship and instead focus on our relationship with Christ and how that affects our worship.  Gareth points out and goes into detail on the fact that worship should not just be on Sunday during the service or some music concert. Our worship should be a daily walk with the Savior, impacting the lives of those around us, and demonstrating God's love to a lost world. It should include praise, prayer, silence, confession and much more. These are just part of what it means to intersect our life and our worship. We were created for God's glory! We should be walking in worship even during the most mundane aspects of our lives. It will help you become fully aware of God's presence in your daily walk - not just in the Sunday pew.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and know I will be reading it again! I would certainly recommend it if you are searching to discover how the spiritual and earthly realms need to come together in our lives to live in harmony with our Creator.

What about you?
Would this book interest you? Do you find ways to intersect your worship with your daily life? I would love to hear how.  

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