Marva Dawn Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down and A Royal
Waste Of Time.
She is excellent and a good place to start. Reaching Out is
the one to start with, Royal Waste is her further thoughts
and reflections from interacting with people over the ideas in her
first book. You may think she is advocating traditional worship, but
she tries to correct this misunderstanding in her second book.
John Frame Worship in Spirit and Truth and Contemporary
Christian Music: A Biblical Defense.
The first book is a good overview, in the second book he responds
(very convincingly I think) to many of the typical arguments against
praise choruses. My main criticism of the second book is that many
of the songs he holds up as good choruses are really kind of trite.
He is a theologian and has a classical background and so he is not
as familiar with what is musically excellent in the more popular musical
genres. Still, very worthwhile reading.
Hughes Oliphant Old Worship and Themes And Variations
For A Christian Doxology
Old is the leading scholar of traditional reformed worship, and he
writes a column for Worship Leader magazine. He will help you appreciate
the richness of the tradition. His dissertation, published as The
Patristic Roots Of Reformed Worship (its out of print and
impossible to find except in libraries these days) proves that the
reformers were really trying to go back to early church worship.
Terry Johnson (ed.) Leading In Worship
This is an excellent resource that gathers gold from the best reformed
liturgies and puts them all in one book! Great corporate prayers and
wisdom on the order of a service too. He is very High-Church in his
perspective, and I disagree with him at points, but you can learn
a lot from this book.
The Trinity Hymnal and The Trinity Psalter
A good hymnal is invaluable. The Psalter puts all 150 Psalms in verse
form and suggests tunes so that you can sing the Psalms in worship!
Louis Benson The Hymnody Of The Christian Church and
Studies In Hymns
Both of these are out if print, but he is a great scholar of the
history of hymns. Some of the modern hymn story books include apocryphal
stories but his Studies In Hymns is reliable, and solid. I
find his stuff through Internet sites like: abebooks.com
Henry Foote Three Centuries Of American Hymnody
This is out of print too, but it is a great historical overview of
hymnody in America. You will learn tons from this book! But beware,
he is sympathetic to Unitarianism.
Asahel Nettleton Village Hymns
This is a great 19th century reformed hymnal that has been reprinted
recently. Nettleton was a famous reformed revival preacher (you should
read his Life and Labors someday!)
This has been reprinted recently too. It is reformed Baptist and
includes 1200 hymns (without music) and can be obtained (as can Nettletons
hymnal) from heritagebooks.org)
John Julian Dictionary Of Hymnology
The standard reference work but it would cost you $100 if you can
find it on the Internet used somewhere.
You can try goodtheology.com
for many of these titles if your local bookstore cant get them,
and they can look for out of print books for you too.
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