Worship leaders should be worship readers, so here’s my ambitious list for 2012 (off the heels of what I have read in 2011). These are the books I want to focus on in the field of worship, but they won’t be the only things I read. In fact, I want to take seriously C. S. Lewis’s admonishment to read one old book for every new one. These are all relatively new books, and though I won’t read as many old books, I hope to read a few (Bradshaw, below, will open me up to some primary source material that will take me into the old stuff). I also hope to read one or two works of classic literature and am open to recommendations. Literature always stirs my soul and imagination and often helps me think about well-worn issues in new ways.
I’ve actually read this one already, but I plan on revisiting it, outlining it, and imparting its wisdom to others. In fact, our Worship, Music, & Arts team at Cherry Creek will be discussing it at our retreat this January.
I’m about half way through this book already, so it will likely be my first finish in 2012. It is blowing my face off. Its dialogue is so different from what evangelicals typically talk about, and it really lifts up a high view of gathered, corporate worship. It is also heavily footnoted (which I love) and is therefore opening me up to a host of resources, especially to choice worship-thinkers outside of the evangelical tradition.
Both Davis and Chan (above) have cited this resource enough times that I feel it’s important enough to dig up. It’s from a Reformed perspective, but it takes some surprising turns, I believe, such that it wouldn’t sound like the standard fare from Reformed worship writers (not that they’re bad!).
A Roman Catholic liturgiologist who will especially inform me in the area of Worship and the Trinity. Chan references this book a fair amount.
I’m looking forward to this book being a resource of primary material regarding early Christian worship and its roots in Jewish synagogue worship.
I honestly can’t remember why I’ve flagged this essay to read, except that something else I read referenced it and compelled me to check it out. Free download from Google Books.
This one won’t be read from cover to cover but will be referenced heavily, especially as it pertains to traditional worship music and liturgy. Bruce Benedict at Cardiphonia turned me on to this resource.
I’m interested in understanding my Presbyterian/Reformed tradition better when it comes to the theology of the Lord’s Supper, and many have said that Nevin’s work is seminal.
Honorable mention (or, books on my radar that may either gain or lose traction on the journey to making the 2012 list):
Worship leaders & thinkers: What are you reading? What will you read? What has recently impacted your view, practice, and leadership of worship? I’m very curious.