Keith Drury was bothered that so many of his students viewed
worship as simply “a contemporary experience largely cut off
from its roots.” He set out to link present worship practices
with their historical roots in a way that would deepen faith
and inspire wonder. In The Wonder of Worship: Why We
Worship the Way We Do, he successfully creates that
Launching from a topical platform, Drury addresses the
primary elements of worship, outlines their development
through successive historical periods, then closes each
chapter with a series of incisive “to think about” questions.
Those familiar with Keith Drury’s work will recognize his
“hallmark” in these questions—an uncanny ability to
target the underlying issues, engage the student’s
interest, and stimulate healthy discussion.
The Wonder of Worship will remain a vital resource in
the years to come, sparking its owner to further explore
the complex and intriguing subject of worship. Whether
student or teacher, let The Wonder of Worship help you
see worship as you’ve never seen it before, enriching
your perspective and leading you to a deeper
understanding of why we worship the way we do.
Endorsements for Wonder of
has provided a guide to the basics of Christian worship with careful attention
to both the historical developments and contemporary movements. Written
with focus on evangelical sensibilities, it admirably fills a need in
that rapidly growing element of American Christianity."
F. White, Bard Thompson Professor of Liturgical Studies
"What a wonderful treasure of past insights for present worship!
Here, in an easy and useable form, Keith Drury connects the path of the
past with the future. This book will help all of us who want to bring
more depth and substance to our worship."
Webber, Myers Professor of Ministry
Director of M.A. in Worship and Spirituality
Northern Baptist Seminary
"This book offers profound insight into how we do worship. Keith
weaves the history, philosophy and practice of worship elements in a way
that is accessible and genuinely useful. This is a must-read for the pastor,
worship leader, college student, or anyone else who wants to understand
the true wonder of worship!"
W. Guy, Chair, Division of Music
Indiana Wesleyan University
"Keith Drury has done it again! Just when you wondered if anything
new could be said about worship, Drury offers insights that make you say,
I never knew that! This book is a major worship resource. My advice? Buy
it. Read it. You won't regret it!"
L. Garlow, Senior Pastor
Skyline Wesleyan Church
"Keith Drury has addressed the complicated and sometimes divisive
subject of worship in his typical no-nonsense manner. This book proves
that to know all is to forgive all. By explaining the historical context
of worship, Drury gives the reader both an understanding of and appreciation
for today's worship forms. Thank you, Keith!"
D. Eastlack, Senior Pastor
Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church