41 Important Books for the Church Musician/Worship Leader…

by vernsanders on May 12, 2009

In each issue of Creator magazine, we review things. For today’s post I decided to take a look back at the book reviews beginning with the 1998 issues. I was looking for all the books that received a “Highly Recommended” rating. In essence these are resources that should be on any serious church musician’s or worship leader’s bookshelf:

Reaching Out Without Dumbing DownMarva J. Dawn (Eerdmans)

Hymnology: A collection of Source ReadingsDavid W. Music (The Scarecrow Press)

Creating Four Part HarmonyLois and Fred Bock (Hope – now out of print)

25 Most Treasured Gospel Hymn StoriesKenneth W. Osbeck (Kregel)

Innocent Sounds: Building Choral Tone and Artistry in Your Children’s ChoirMarie Stultz (MorningStar)

The Heart of the ArtistRory Nolan (Zondervan)

Revealing Riches & Building Lives: Youth Choir Ministry in the New MilleniumRandy Edwards (MorningStar)

Fresh FaithJim Cymbala with Dean Merrill (Zondervan)

A Child Shall Lead: Children in WorshipJohn D. Witvliet, ed. (Choristers Guild and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship)

The Prymer: The Prayer Book of the Medieval Era Adapted for Contemporary UseRobert Webber (Paraclete)

The Holy Bible: Botts Illustrated Editioned. Timothy R. Botts (Tyndale House) ~ An illustrated Bible for pulpit or communion table

Our God Reigns: The Stories Behind Your Favorite Paise and Worship SongsPhil Crstensen and Shari MacDonald (Kregel)

Growing Weary of Doing Good?: Encouragement for Exhausted WomenKarla Worley (New Hope)

Worship Without Words: The Signs and Symbols of Our FaithPatricia S. Klein (Paraclete)

Temperment: The Idea that Solved Music’s Greatest RiddleStuart Isacoff (Borzoi Books/Alfred A. Knopf)

Courageous LeadershipBill Hybels (Zondervan)

Give Thanks with a Grateful HeartGreg Askmakoupoulos (Integrity Publishers)

This Idea Will WorkBob Burroughs (Lorenz)

Choral Conducting Philosophy and PracticeColin Durant (Routledge)

Postlude to Prelude: Music Ministry’s Other Six DaysC. Randall Bradley (MorningStar)

A Contemporary Handbook for Weddings & Funerals and Other OccasionsAubrey Malphure and Keith Wilhite, eds. (Kregel)

Exploring the Worship Spectrum: Six ViewsPaul A. Basden, ed. (Zondervan)

The Leadership Labyrinth: Negotiating the Paradoxes of MinistryJudson Edwards (Smith & Helwys)

Breakout Churches: Discover How to Make the LeapThom S. Rainer (Zondervan)

The 21 Most Effective Prayers of the BibleDavid Early (Barbour)

The Illustrated Everyday Bible CompanionGeorge Knight (Barbour)

The Complete Worship Service: Creating a Taste of Heaven on EarthKevin J. Navarro (Baker Books)

Moving Spirits, Building Lives: The Church Musician as Transformational LeaderHugh Ballou (Morris)

With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in Our WorshipReggie Kidd (Baker Books)

Treasures from the Psalms: 100 Meditations from the Devotional Treasury of the AgesHenry Gariepy (Baker Books)

The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction & Guide to ResourcesJohn D. Witvliet (Eerdmans)

The Jesus WayEugene H. Peterson (Wm. B. Eerdmans)

The Sense of the CallMarva J. Dawn (Wm. B. Eerdmans)

An Architecture of Immanence: Architecture for Worship and Ministry TodayMark A. Torgerson (Wm. B. Eerdmans)

Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New CreationAllen P. Ross (Kregel)

Reveal: Where Are You?Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson (Willow Creek Resources)

AxiomBill Hybels (Zondervan)

One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in WorshipC. Michael Hawn (The Alban Institute)

Jesus’ Chairs: A Guide to Christian SongwritingRobert Sterling (Wade & Matthews Press)

The Eighth Day of Creation: An Anthology of Christian ScriptureC. Clifton Black (Wm. B. Eerdmans)

The Lion Companion to Christian ArtMichele P. Brown (Lion Hudson plc)

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May 12, 2009 at 11:37 pm

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John Jarvis May 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I have many of those books but could list about a dozen more that really should be on the list. The most recent addition would be the book by Dr. Mark Labberton, “The Dangerous Act of Worship:Living God’s Call to Justice”.

Vicki Carr May 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Several years ago Bob Burroughs recommended in MMEmail, “How Can We Keep From Singing” by Joan Oliver Goldsmith (Baker). I have read it three times and given copies away. It is my favorite book about the musical life.

vernsanders May 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Not a book I know, but if Bob recommended it and you find it worthwhile, I’m sure others will appreciate you letting them know about it. Thanks for sharing the info.

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