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How to Worship a King: Prepare Your Heart. Prepare Your World. Prepare the Way

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We were born for deep, meaningful intimacy with our Father-King.

In fact, we were redeemed to serve as priests – directly accessing the throne room of Heaven to minister to God and then carry away His light and glory to a dark, hurting world.

This is the most extraordinary privilege ever extended to flesh and blood. And yet...

True worship is a process that is poorly understo
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published January 1st 2012
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Clayton Keenon
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think Zach Neese is the real deal. I don't doubt his love for Jesus, his gifts in leading in worship, or his experiences with God. There was plenty in this book that reflected real wisdom about how people experience God in worship.

However, all the good in the book was mixed up with wonky exegesis and slightly odd theological frameworks. I worked really hard to appreciate the good in the book and learn from it. But in the last chapter, the wheels come off.

He tries to do an analysis of church h
Dillon McElhinney
Good Points, Bad Presentation

He had good things to say, but it is a struggle to get to them. It is repetitive, a little patronizing, and basically every story/illustration is about how he is doing the right thing. If a good editor made a few passes and cut it down to about 150 pages, it would be a good book.
Shaune Marks
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was incredible...filled from the start to the finish with such wisdom and understanding of Biblical worship applied to our modern life. I highly recommend this book!
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book challenged my current thoughts on worship. It changed my perspective. I truly enjoyed it.
Nicole M. Hewitt
This book gives us some great food for thought on what worship truly means and how we can live a life of worship. The book does talk about the actual act of singing worship in church, but it focuses more on why worship is important and what a worship leader can do to set the tone and prepare people to hear God's word. Neese goes into detail about the original tabernacle, and how each piece of the tabernacle relates to our posture of worship. And he also relates some of his own experiences and en ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Music is part of worship, but worship is a much bigger thing than music, and I'm happy to say that many, many pages in Zach Neese's "How to Worship a King" don't even mention music. It's when music is mentioned that I have my quibbles, but more on that later.
Let me start by saying this is not Christianity lite. Neese is knowledgeable, and he handles his topic in depth while writing in a lively, approachable manner.
What I especially appreciated about this book -- and wouldn't have expected except
Lynda Dietz
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of a study with our worship team at the church where I work. The author goes right back to the Old Testament worship practices and directives, and compares it to the modern equivalent of what we can and should be doing to lead others. I really loved about 80% of it, but the last couple chapters started to become a stretch to fit things into the comparisons the author was going for. Even so, it's still worth the time to read as an individual who wants to worship the God o ...more
Andy Rhea
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How to Worship a King was a very accessible and entertaining read. On top of that, as a worship leader, I'll be referencing this book often for all of it's insight, scholarship, and biblical information on the subject of worship. Zach Neese (worship pastor at Gateway Church) does an amazing job of using the imagery of Moses' Tabernacle in relating to us how we are to worship our King.

Whether you're a worship leader, a musician at a church, or just a person looking to understand worship a little
Christopher Mathis
On the basis of a great friend recommending it, I took hold and dove in. Very good decision. I never rushed my reading so I could absorb every nugget that helped paint a way for myself to minster and lead a nation, on a smaller scale.

This book gives you the tools and experience for being a “priest” on the assignment for changing how others can see the world through Christ’s eyes. High points and pitfalls aside, this can really re-affirm passion that has lapsed some time ago for others and yourse
Emma Jane
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was such a great book! really really insightful into the tabernacle and ark of the covenant and how old testament worship used to occur. It gives such a great insight into how we should be worshipping today in order to enter the presence of God and to inspire others to do the same.

I found a hard time relating to some of his personal theologies in the beginning of the book, such as not allowing some people to serve on worship team , but so much of this book was inspiring and insightful. def
Gary Haack
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Minimally pragmatic, maximally philosophical. Really enjoyed this book and shook up how I viewed worship leading. Zach instructs that where there is no cross, there is no worship yet many churches don't start with our Savior. Also fascinated by his walking through the OT tabernacle and the parallels it has to worship today. ...more
Danny Theurer
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Neese does a great job - I would recommend this book to anyone looking to lead congregations in worship and develop other worship leaders. Neese's teaching on the Tabernacle and its implications to us now is brilliant. I do feel that the book could've either stayed on developing that area of thought, or perhaps its length could've been cut in half. ...more
Pamela J.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Helpful in Understanding Worship

As a worship leader, I am constantly trying to learn more about God and about the process of worship. Mr. Neese provides a clearer understanding of what I need to do to help our congregation welcome God into our service and open there hearts to Him.
Julia Garcia
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
After a friend recommended this, my Aunt and I decided on going through this for our next Bible study book. It was very helpful going through this with my Aunt, not just for another perspective, but because of some of the subject material. I'm not sure I agree with everything said in this book, but it definitely sparked good, healthy discussion. ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got a lot of good out of this book. It was very thought-provoking and had some really interesting correlations. However, I do think the author took the symbolism a little far. You need to read it with discernment and realize that not everything he says is gospel; some of it is just his idea or opinions.
Jillian Saldaña
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We read this book as a team, and I have been promoting it from Chapter one. Yes, it specifically speaks to worship leaders, but so much of its content is for anyone who wants to draw nearer to God. I encourage this read to anyone who serves in ministry at their church.
Felicia James
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every christian should read this book...

Thank you Zach for releasing the gift that God has placed in you through this book!!! A must read for every believer who desires to live in the fullness of God's presence!
Morgan Farris
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of THE BEST books on Worship. If you want to understand more than the surface level of what it means to Worship and why we do what we do, this book is your best bet. Excellent read from an excellent worship leader and talented songwriter.
D Smith
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciated Zach's breakdown of the temple and the things in it and how they related to worship. He sometimes though added interpretation to the biblical passages to help make a point that I don't think were fully accurate. The points they made were valid, but the interpretations were a stretch. ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

You should give yourself the opportunity to be led to worship before the throne of our Savior, Lord and King!!! You shall never be the same. Zach, I praise our Father for your commission!
Yeary Orion Maple
This good in so many ways. The heart he shows you we need to have in worship is amazing. I consider this a necessary books for any Christian to read, it's that important. The love he has for God shines thru these pages. There was only a few things I might disagree with him on. ...more
Evan Roberts
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hey solid reminder of what worship is all about. Jesus not lights YouTube stars. But it is not religious the writer uses all those things. But we should no but it is not religious the writer uses all those things. But This book refocuses us on the essential heart of worship much like Matt Redman.
Steve Yackey
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book on worship

Really insightful read for anyone that follows Jesus, especially anyone involved in musical worship. I would highly recommend this book.
Madai  Sanchez
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book blew my mind in all ways possible!!!
You won’t find a book biblically deeper and modernly relevant on worship and intimacy than this one.
My favourite book :)
Derek Benner
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most thorough books on worship that I have read yet. Biblically sound theology, powerful anecdotes, and humor. Great read for worship leaders and church leaders in general.
Kathy Spaargaren
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a great book. highly recommend it to those who serve the church with their gifts of music and worship....
Buddy G
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wanna know the HOW on how to worship God.....

Stacy Bishop
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book giving a great biblical perspective on worship, from OT to NT.
Jerod Starkey
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most comprehensive look at worship leading I've read. Based on the OT temple model and its symbolism - it walks you through a process of how to lead people into the presence of God. ...more
Liz Askew
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very meaningful and well researched book!
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Zach Neese is the worship pastor at Gateway Church’s North Fort Worth Campus. Along with pastoring his local church, he is currently a professor at The King’s University at Gateway, and he travels internationally to teach on worship. Zach has published articles in Charisma, Worship Leader, and The Voice (Christ for the Nations) magazines, and has made several appearances on Daystar Television Netw ...more

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“The religious heart says, “I must do my duty in order to be of value to God.” Worship is the opposite of religion. The heart of worship says, “Jesus proved I am of value to God. I serve Him because He is also of value to me.” 2 likes
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