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.