Sunday, November 22, 2015

Worship Changes Everything by Darlene Zschech

Sometimes we forget how important worship is. We might just get used to God, taking his grandeur for granted. Zschech wants us to know the essential nature of worship so that we would again marvel at God.

Worship is an invitation from God. It begins with faith, Zschech says. She shares her own experience with worship and how it changed her life. Even though she is a worshiper at her core, her worship during her struggle with breast cancer strengthened her.

Zschech explains how we are to worship God every moment, not just in a corporate setting. That requires we not be preoccupied but realize God is always present. She shows how we worship through our service, allowing God's love to flow through us. We can worship God in our work, our marriage and our family. We can worship in the midst of our suffering, through the power of the Holy Spirit. She reminds us of the importance of our words and emotions and what they reveal. She has also included teaching on issues that keep us from worship, such as the need for forgiveness or the healing of hurts.

Zschech gives us many reasons to worship God. Even if one does not know where to start, she gives lots of ideas for praise and thanksgiving. She has included many examples from the Bible, including teaching from biblical narratives.

This is a good introduction to worship. Zschech reminds us of its importance and gives us plenty of ideas on how to be in an attitude of worship all day. For those who've read about worship, it is a good book to broaden our understanding of it and is an inspiration to live a life of worship.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Darlene Zschech is a singer, songwriter, worship leader, and speaker. She has many gold albums. In 2011, Mark and Darlene became senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where they now live with their family. You can find out more at http://darlenezschech.com/.

Bethany House Publishers, 256 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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