Hungry for Worship Book Review Essay

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

HUNGRY FOR WORSHIP BY BOOK REVIEW

SUBMITTED TO DR. RODNEY WHALEY

IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT
OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE COURSE MUSC 610 – TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR WORSHIP

BY
KIANAN SMITH

LYNCHBURG, VA
JUNE 2014

Name: Kianan Smith
Book Report #
Spring 2014 Semester
Hungry for Worship by: Frank S. Page and L. Lavon Gray
Chapter 1:

Summary:
In this text, Hungry for Worship, authors Frank Page and L. Gray write about the hunger for worshipping God that all leaders should possess. In chapter 1, both authors begin the text with the concept of how the body has fallen in love with the method of worship and not the actual act of being in the Presence of God. They
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Instead of focusing on God, the church has lost focus. This chapter is a start for how the church can get back to the basics of putting God first.

What I have learned:
I have learned the meaning of a consumer approach in ministry.

Chapter 3:
This chapter focuses on how worship has become performance-driven. The discussion on performance based worship begins with the authors once again painting a picture for the reader. They begin describing the scenario of the show American Idol and how the performers present themselves before three judges. They also form the scenarios of how some churches go forth in their call to worship but the congregation responds in applause and admiration. The problem in this only comes when performance and worship are not specifically defined. The authors make it clear that “while both roles serve a function, the ability to distinguish the two is critical; many seem unable to do this.
Page and Gray write that it is not just the Contemporary Christian Music industry that does not clearly define the difference between worship and entertainment. The worship leaders in more traditional churches with choirs and orchestras are also guilty of pursuing the “star factor”. The church choirs and worship bands at the local church have become just as performance-driven as the bands that are focused on entertainment. Page and Gray state that “if the focus

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