A functional explanation of regular Christian worship at home.



A debut spiritual guide invites readers to practice daily Christian worship.

What is worship? That’s a question that the author’s sister once asked her, causing her momentary pause. It’s also the question that this book now seeks to answer. “I do not pretend to know everything there is to know about worship,” writes Hanes in her introduction. “It is my hope, however, that what is shared in these pages will be enough to create a hunger and jumpstart you on a journey of spending intimate time alone with God each day.” While it is not meant to take the place of weekly church services, daily worship at home is an important ritual that helps believers strengthen their personal relationships with God. In brief chapters, the author explains the purpose and scriptural basis of worship, how to physically go through the process, and what the experience should feel like. She mixes discussions of Christian doctrine with stories from her own life as well as practical concerns such as what materials someone should have when worshipping and how to fit the ritual into a normal schedule. This daily, individualized practice allows Christians to be assertive in their faith and, Hanes argues, forge a new, closer bond with God. The author’s prose is direct and clear, as in the brief, useful “Take Action” sections that fall between the longer chapters: “Locate at least 2 songs that help take you to a place of praise and worship and include them during your intimate moments with Him today. Then use your own words to praise and worship God.” The book is short, with only about 70 pages of text (there is an extensive notes section at the end), and most of the information it contains is not terribly surprising or counterintuitive. Hanes does not get into complicated theology, opting to offer accessible, step-by-step instructions. Even so, for those readers looking for a more regular or inward-looking approach to worship, this may be the nudge they need to get them started.

A functional explanation of regular Christian worship at home.

Pub Date: April 22, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973620-37-2

Page Count: 108

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 21, 2018

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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