Book Review: Worship by John MacArthur
I was tempted to be offended while reading this book. The author makes the occasional “jab” at segments of modern American Christendom outside his own. Because of this and because he is extremely dogmatic (or even opinionated) in what he talks about I had to spit out some bones along the way.
I do love reading books that challenge my thinking and not just sticking with ones that are “smooth” to read or that I totally agree with (which are extremely rare to find to begin with). This is one reason why I liked this book.
I am not going to bring up particulars in what I disagreed with. Every reader has been given a mind by God and hopefully will engage the help of the Holy Spirit while reading this book on their own.
Even though there were “bones” and things I disagreed with there was way too much very good stuff in here to be ignored. The author’s scholarly study of the scriptures as well as his respect of the same shines through brightly. Quite a lot of Christians have become apathetic and need some of the reminders and truths set forth in this book.
Worship has become a lost priority for most. All of life truly can become worship to God. We do need to grieve over our sins (although I would clarify that to be new sins and not continually grieve over ones that have already been forgiven!! In other words, if we grieve the Holy Spirit afresh, we should be sorry.) Worshiping God in spirit and in truth is important—because scripture says so.
My recommendation would be to actively enlist the help of the Holy Spirit to help you glean what He wants for you from this book as you read it. Even though, as I said, I don’t agree with everything, I’m sure there will be some tidbit or larger morsel of truth that the Holy Spirit can teach you with this book.
To purchase your own copy of this book go here: Worship: The Ultimate Priority
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