Below are some available resources to help you in your personal or corporate journey to better understand praise and worship, and how they are vital to our growth as Christian believers. This is not a complete list, but any of these are excellent starting places on your way to learning more.
Powerful Books for Continued Study in Praise and Worship:
The Hallelujah Factor, by Jack Taylor
This book is an excellent starting place if you are new to praise and worship. It discusses Biblical references to praise in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, as well as a praise word study in the Hebrew and Greek.
Experiencing Worship – A practical guide to praise and worship, by Bob Sorge
This volume is an excellent study in everything praise and worship: planning your worship service, the purposes of congregational worship, leading worship, and considerations for the worship team.
The Unquenchable Worshipper, by Matt Redman
This book is for the serious worshiper. Matt Redman is a gifted song-writer, but this book is not about great worship music. He reminds us that worship is about God, to God, and for God. Worship isn’t so much about engaging with people as it is engaging with God.
God’s Eye View, by Tommy Tenney
This book will change your perspective on the worship of God. The author reminds us to not allow our personal circumstances to determine your level of worship.
The Pain of Change – Transitioning a Church Through Worship and Prayer, by Dr. Jerome E. McNeil, Jr.
Dr. McNeil reminds us that authentic worship in our congregations comes from the heart and is not contained entirely in the various forms of worship that we engage in. He helps us better understand what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth.
Prophetic Worship – Releasing the Presence of God, by Vivien Hibbert
Here Vivien Hibbert explores a working definition of prophetic worship, the difference between praise and worship, and an introduction to breaking worship traditions.
The Purpose and Power of Praise and Worship, by Dr. Myles Munroe
This is a must-read if you seek to better understand praise and worship. In his lifetime, Dr. Munroe challenged us to practice and protect the presence of God in our lives, as well as embrace its purpose and priority.
Sample study outlines:
Quotable Quotes on Worship:
“As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience saves worship from
becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life.”
“A glimpse of God will save you. To gaze at Him will sanctify you.”
“If we are going to worship in Spirit, we must develop a spirit of worship.”
“Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped.”
“When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.”
“Worship songs can’t just be rooted in culture – they won’t be deep enough. They have to be rooted in scripture.”
“Songs of worship arise from a life of worship.”
“We must never rest until everything inside us worships God.”
A. W. Tozer
“Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does.”
“Praise brings God into your environment.” Myles Munroe