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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830832211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830832217
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Paul's first letter to Timothy, he reminds him, "Watch your life and doctrine closely" (1 Tim 4:16). And as it happens, that would be pretty good advice for anyone involved in leading worship too. Andy Park's book does just that in such a wonderful way. He reminds us of the importance of living lives of worship, gives us an insightful look at the theology of worship and for good measure, throws in loads of helpful, practical advice on how to lead worship. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before. Park writes on so many different aspects of worship and does so in a refreshingly transparent way." Matt Redman, worship leader, songwriter, and author of The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship

"Andy Park will always be a hero of mine, not because of the songs or acclaim but because of his humility in his lifelong quest to be God's friend. He is the genuine article, and we can all benefit from reading the real thing." Martin Smith, lead vocalist, Delirious --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Park is a worship leader at the North Langley Vineyard in North Langley, British Columbia. He has led worship in small and medium churches as well as in megachurches and at large conferences. Park is also a songwriter with more than 90 works to his credit, including "The River Is Here," "Only You" and "In the Secret." He has led worship on numerous Vineyard recordings, including Blessed Be the Name and All I Need. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Among the many books out there on worship, this is one of the best. Andy Park is a mature, bright, theologically-solid, and experienced worship leader. He shares with the reader the fruits of many years of faithful and inspired worship leading and song writing.
Perhaps one of the most engaging aspects of this book is Park's personal openness. As you read, you won't feel like some expert is preaching down at you, but like a wise friend has come alongside to help you become a more effective leader, for God's glory.
Park's church experience is largely in the Vineyard. His writing reflects this experience (naturally), but is also relevant to those of us who are not part of Vineyard (or Vineyard-like) churches. Park's wisdom transcends his particular denomination.
I learned many things from this book and it also touched my heart. I have been encouraged to be a stronger worship leader and, indeed, a more faithful worshiper of God.
Now that I have read this book, I am ordering several copies for friends who lead worship. They will profit richly from this book, and so will you.
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By A Customer on June 25 2004
Format: Paperback
I as a Worship Leader in a church, got a great deal of encouragement and practical advice from this book. Andy Park does a wonderful job and shares his heart and his journey as well. It was so great to find out that the same things that I face as a leader are also challenges to others that are doing the same thing. I was greatly blessed and inspired by reading this book. I highly recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been a worship leader for quite a few years now and I still found some of the ideas and tips in this book most helpful. Andy Park gives some truly helpful tips for leading worship bands of all sizes. It's not just biblical ideas and the stand-by types worship leadership teaching either. It's very grounded and human. Expect to be able to relate to this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Book on Worship Aug. 23 2003
By Mark D. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Among the many books out there on worship, this is one of the best. Andy Park is a mature, bright, theologically-solid, and experienced worship leader. He shares with the reader the fruits of many years of faithful and inspired worship leading and song writing.
Perhaps one of the most engaging aspects of this book is Park's personal openness. As you read, you won't feel like some expert is preaching down at you, but like a wise friend has come alongside to help you become a more effective leader, for God's glory.
Park's church experience is largely in the Vineyard. His writing reflects this experience (naturally), but is also relevant to those of us who are not part of Vineyard (or Vineyard-like) churches. Park's wisdom transcends his particular denomination.
I learned many things from this book and it also touched my heart. I have been encouraged to be a stronger worship leader and, indeed, a more faithful worshiper of God.
Now that I have read this book, I am ordering several copies for friends who lead worship. They will profit richly from this book, and so will you.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A valuable resource for current and future worship leaders Aug. 18 2004
By Gary Mull - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has a pretty limited target audience, which makes it exceptionally useful for people in that group - people who lead worship in protestant churches. And with 17 years of experience, Andy Park is an appropriate person to write this book. We sing some of Andy's songs at my church, and I figured that anyone who wrote worship choruses that are so widely known must have something to say that's worth hearing. "To Know You More" provides a great mix of history, philosophy, and practical suggestions related to leading worship.

Throughout the book, Andy shares openly about the challenges he's faced in leading worship. These stories make this book inviting and helpful. I see that many of my insecurities and second-guesses are not so unique. Page after page, I found myself saying, "Yeah, I've been there. That's exactly how I felt." There's comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one to wonder if I'm really up to the task of trying to create an environment that enables people to have an encounter with God.

I appreciated the history of song styles that have been used in worship. I didn't realize that hymns were just as ground-breaking and controversial in their day as contemporary worship songs are in some churches today. In short, today's style of worship is culturally relevant and legitimate, even though there is and will continue to be resistance. In 50 years, church-goers may have an entirely different style, and may have the same opinions about today's worship choruses that we have about traditional hymns. That won't diminish the value of either style.

Andy writes about how to pick songs, rehearse, develop other worship leaders, and part ways when it just isn't working. He also writes about the various roles of worship leaders and song writers, who serve to varying degrees as priests, prophets, healers, teachers, and evangelists. To me, this was the best part of the book. Many people think the worship leader is like a choir director for the congregation, but there's so much more to it than that. Park defines the complete picture of what a worship leader is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource for Charismatic Worship Leaders May 11 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book, written by Andy Park, a worship leader and recording artist from within the Vineyard Movement was incredibly helpful in bringing clarity to ideas my wife and I had talked about pertaining to how to lead a worship service and worship team but didn't know if we were on the right track. Granted, different styles of worship leading exist, so for some, this book may discuss a worship style too free of structure but with my Assemblies of God upbringing, I found this book to be insightful and encouraging.

What I most appreciated was that Parks discusses that the job of the worship team isn't to manipulate the church into worshiping in a set way through soaring songs and long pauses, but to simply worship themselves on the stage, in front of everyone. The worship team's authentic worship to God becomes the invitation for others to join. A skeptical generation has watched too many worship teams try to create an atmosphere of worship and have detected the lack of true connection the worship team has with God. Moreover, this understanding of the role of the worship team precludes what I have observed as a new trend of allowing non-Christians on the team because their musical skill is desired. For how can a non-Christian truly worship a God to whom he or she has not committed.

Another valuable piece of this book it is immensely practical. It has chapters on working with the lead pastor, selecting and working with the worship team, preparing and delivering a worship set, leading a worship team, developing new worship leaders, and even how to go about song writing.

If you are on a worship team in a church or work with worship leaders, I would strongly recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good read, but has some major theological flaws. Jan. 24 2015
By Scott Chatham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is posting under my wife Heather's account, but it is really me, Scott her husband. I am a full time worship pastor at a baptist church in NC. We are very contemporary, with a full praise band, etc. Just some background to set the stage, in terms of where we are at musically. I rated this book only as a 3 for a few different reasons. There is some great information but also some serious theological flaws/concerns. I felt compelled to write to make sure those that are newer to the faith don't get the wrong idea about (musical) corporate worship in the Church...

The good~ Section 3 is (for me) the best part of the book. It focuses on the mechanics of putting together a successful worship set in church. Andy has some great ideas and some great reminders on how to keep things fresh, moving along and focused on the Object of our affection: Jesus.

The negative~ I would personally suggest skipping chapter 1. It mainly deals with Andy's personal experiences with entering into worship ministry. Some may find it helpful, but I didn't buy the book to read his biographical background. Nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't my focus.

The REAL negatives~ I saw two major theological flaws within the context of Andy's presentation. In my mind, they are really important, and are the main reasons for my writing this post: In the section entitled "The Priestly Worship Leader- Inviting people to come to the Unshakable Kingdom", Andy speaks about how God moved in the Old Testament days...that there were certain people designated as the intercessors, or priests, that were responsible for doing certain things that would then prompt God to respond (true). But then Andy takes it a step further and compares the modern worship leader to the OT priests. The crux of the issue is his statement on page 68, 3rd paragraph, where he states: "What a privilege it is to invoke the presence of God on behalf of the people". This is theologically inaccurate and a pretty major minimization of Christ Himself. First of all, no man can "invoke" God to do anything. Even in the OT, God showed up based on what the priests did, NOT because of the act itself, but because they followed HIS specific direction. Secondly, and most importantly, Jesus Christ came to fulfill the OT prophecies and also to make null and void (in a matter of speaking) OT laws, rituals, etc. Jesus came to cover our sins. When He was crucified, died, rose again and then ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in and among God's people. The point is this~ there IS NOW NO separation between man and God. If one confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit resides in his/her heart/life, and he/she has DIRECT ACCESS TO GOD. There are no longer any intercessory people. The second flaw I see is in the section entitled "The ministries of teaching and evangelism". Andy seems to insinuate that the role of the worship leader in the modern church today is more important than the preacher speaking the written Word...that the music, in today's culture, is more effective at changing hearts than scripture. On page 91 Andy quotes Eddie Gibbs speech to a group of songwriters in 1991:"...our impact as worship leaders and songwriters is far greater than that of preachers or authors." This is dangerous theological ground. To state that the music (musician) has a more effective role in convicting hearts than the actual preached word is dead wrong. This in effects takes all the honor and glory from God and puts it on man (the worship leader/team). Let's be clear...NO MAN can change another man's heart. No song, no matter how great the worship leader is or how theologically accurate the lyrics are will ever save a soul. No preacher preaching the Word ever has nor will ever save a single soul. IT IS GOD'S SOVEREIGN WILL, CHOICE AND ACTION that prompts man to come to Him and ask forgiveness for his sins.

I would personally recommend only reading section 3 of this book and skipping everything else. Mature believers may be able to discern these fallacies, but a newer believer may be led down the wrong path, in terms of understanding the importance of the worship leader.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book got it all Sept. 1 2005
By Running Beaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking to find a book that has everything you need to know about worship, and how to worship, then this book is for you. Andy Park may not be as popular as Redman or Tomlin when it comes to worship in music but that is different when it comes to worship in words. He knows how to put "worship" into a book filled with information that we, worship leaders need to know.

Believe me, every since I lent this book to my friends, it was hard to get it back. Even if you didn't learn anything from this book, you got 240 back-to-back pages of information for reference. The only down side to this book is that it's not compact, or too big to fit my guitar case. With this book, you get more than what you pay for.


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