Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Review: A Taste of Heaven by Sproul

A Taste of Heaven is about worship. I was excited yet nervous to read it. After all, is there a subject more emotional for Christians than worship? We can get all caught up in it because it's important. Sproul directed us to realize God's preferences always trump ours, since it is about Him above all. In order to find out what God says about worship, the proper place to look is the Bible. Sproul takes us through the Bible and discusses the form and attitude of worship. By worship we aren't just discussing music, but the attitude of heart, baptism, holy communion and the substance of the experience of community worship in the church.

I loved how he gave voice to opposing Christian views. Sproul doesn't insist on his own way, though he admits his preferences. Instead he points out the Bible's view, then guides us through the reasons that many Christian groups disagree and the conclusions they've made. Honestly, this book was not what I was expecting.  I thought it would be talking about the emotions and spirituality of worship (that is, not as much the practical, tangible aspects) and perhaps the history. Then when I actually was looking in it, I read the chapter headings and thought "oh no, this is going to be a defense of the Reformed way as the only way"... but it wasn't either of those things. I genuinely loved this book.

I receive this book free from Reformation Trust in exchange for my unbiased review.

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