Brian Doerksen - Make Love, Make War: Now Is The Time To Worship
STYLE: Christian Teaching RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 79450-BOK469 LABEL: 9781434766823 FORMAT: Book General book RELEASE DATE: 2009-09-04 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Helen Dean
The author, of course, is a father figure in contemporary worship with over 30 years of ministry in Canada and the UK. This book is set in the context of spiritual warfare, which contributes the title and introduction but the main body of the book goes well beyond this area and would be accessible and helpful to all those involved in worship ministry. In one place, Brian commends alliteration as a tool for making songs memorable. The reader is offered 12 themed chapters, each one based on one of Doerksen's songs ("Come, Now Is The Time To Worship" and "Refiner's Fire" being probably the most well known). Particularly helpful were theological insights behind the songs; truth-filled stories from his personal experience of churches and family life; and tips on writing song words and melodies - no doubt of use to nascent songwriters everywhere. With particular words for the discouraged, melancholic and suffering, Make Love, Make War is a very useful addition to the believer's bookshelf and Brian's honest story of faith tested in the crucible of life comes through as pure gold.
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What does it mean to worship? It can elevate us into the presence of God, renew and refresh our spirits, and offer the deepest expression of love for our Savior. Yet worship can also be a call to arms, a battle cry, a salvo in an ancient spiritual war that continues today.
Acclaimed songwriter Brian Doerksen believes God is calling us to love and to battle-to spread peace and wage spiritual warfare. Each is essential to our daily spiritual walk. We do this through how we live, how we serve Him, and how we protect and fight for what matters most. For Brian, music was his answer to this provocative call.
Inside, Brian shares the powerful stories behind some of the most influential worship songs of our time, including "Come, Now is the Time to Worship," "Refiner's Fire," and "Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)." Join Brian as he shares rich truths about the nature of God, His calling for us, and how we can live a life of radical worship for Him.