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For All God's Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  30 reviews
All Christians worship God, but many do not fully understand what "worship" means. This insightful book by N. T. Wright explores both the meaning and the results of worship. In Part 1, titled "The God Who Is Worthy of Praise, " Wright focuses on God and on what worshipping God actually means. Wright celebrates the greatness and love of God as the ground and reason for wors ...more
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Published April 17th 1997 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published 1997)
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James Yates
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
First time reading NT Wright. I recommend this book to anyone especially worship leaders at your church. Does a good job of focusing our attention on who God is any why He is worthy of worship even spending time on the great builders of the past who dedicated great (according to man) buildings in honor of God. Was worried this author might be too intellectual for me but found his writing pleasant and informative. Not a long book so spend a few days reading about “True Worship”
Daniel Alders
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
There is not, I believe, a book in my library so marked and underlined as this short, but powerful book by N.T. Wright. The third time through has been the most fruitful yet.
Oni Pînzariu
When I started this book, I wasn't really able to follow through with the author and I put it down for a bit. Then I decided to read one chapter a day and I managed to get through the first chapters and ended up actually learning lots of stuff from it.
I loved the way Wright explained some important parts from the Bible.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in theology and not only, it ain't that hard to understand nor does it have rough words or something, it is accessible for al
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Douglas Wilson
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Solid.
Glenn Crouch
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This is an easily read short book that explores Christian Worship. I did find many of the chapters to be wonderful aids to worship. I also applaud the inclusion of a desire for Social Justice as part of Christian Worship. However I found the chapter on the Older Brother and its coverage of antisemitism to be out of place - not that I disagree with the content nor do I disagree with the desire to have Jews and Gentiles worshipping our Saviour together - but as I said, it just seems that Wright go ...more
Joel Wentz
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a surprising little book, though perhaps I need to stop being surprised by Mr. Wright.....

This is one of the most impulsively-readable books that Wright has published, and several of the chapters include some of my favorite writing from him. He paints a high, high vision for true worship of the true God of Israel, revealed in Jesus, and manages to weave in and out of a variety of theological themes. This is where the surprise came in for me - as I suddenly found myself reading about things
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Erin
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third time I have read this collection of sermons which challenge me worship God in all his glory. Each sermon is, of course, a standalone message. What ties them together is each looks at the greatness of Christ, of God, and what that means, how we should respond.

This collection was first published in 1987, and the sermons reference the current events of that time period, and yet Wright's call the church at the same time is relevant in our time period. It seems there is always a cr
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Pauline
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I have read a few books by N.T. Wright, enough so that when I saw a book by Wright in a collection of used books available for the taking, I was quick to take it, without really checking to see what it was about. The introduction convinced me that it had been a good choice.
It is not, however, a book on worship in the way I had expected it to be. It appears to be a collection of sermons, or at any rate chapters that had started out as sermons and were edited for use in the book, so there is not
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David Westerveld
I loved this poetic style of this writing and this book touched me in so many ways. I have so many highlights in this book. The writing style connected with me and opened up new ways of seeing and thinking about many things. I know it's a good book when I have to frequently stop and stare off into space and explore a theme or thought in my head for a few minutes. Wright gets the juices going for me in the just the right way to trigger deeper exploration and thought on fitting what he is saying i ...more
Daunavan Buyer
This book is another amazing book by Wright. You can tell by his tone and mannerisms in this book that he is writing a more accessible book, which I welcomed in this instance. This book takes you into the culture and story of many different parts of the Nee Testament and draws out insights, challenges, and invitations to church leaders and everyday followers of Jesus! Highly recommended.
Dan Lacich
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worthwhile and timely

It is not one of Wright’s more scholarly works. It comes off more as a series of good sermons that challenges followers of Jesus to engage life in a way that honors God more deeply by loving people more radically.
Phillip R Neal
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Very easy to read and very thought provoking. I like this author be sad he Has the ability to communicate complex issues in very simple terms so you can u understand him.
Liza Tabita
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scurta dar consustenta!
Chris Wermeskerch
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has some great insights, but I noticed this one took me a really long time to read. I think I'm souring on these sermon collections in general.
Alex Stroshine
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
N.T. Wright is one of the best Christian scholars out there. With a subtitle called "True Worship and the Calling of the Church", I had anticipated that this slim volume would focus extensively on the more formal, Sunday-morning aspects of church worship (a la, Robert Webber's "Ancient-Future Worship"). After all, Wright is an Anglican clergyman whose normal worship style is different from that of a Baptist or a Pentecostal. While Wright does make references to "ancient-future time" (e.g. mentio ...more
Robin Peake
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology
I'd heard a lot about Tom Wright (Bishop of Durham) but this book really disappointed me in three ways

1. I found the first half of it very difficult to engage with, and felt like I was running in water.

2. The second half was incredibly illogical in theme. He writes about Sung Worship, calls for an end to denominationalism, our Jewish heritage and a revolutionary Jesus. Decent chapters in their own right, but they had no thread to bind them whatsoever

3. There are calls to action (notably on chur
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David
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
NT Wright is about my favorite author ever. I've read more of his books then probably any other author. The only ones I had not read, other then many from his commentary series, were his older books. I had never heard of this one until I was doing reading to teach on Christian work and vocation. Since it was Wright, I picked it up.

I think I was mistaken as there was not much in here related to what I thought it was related to. Of course, that is not Wright's fault.

The book did seem very uneven
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Adam Shields
Short Review: I read about half of this and then was distracted by the birth of my son. So I went back and re-read it again and finished this time. There is a lot of good content here, but this is a book that has been edited together from sermons. And it feels the lack of cohesion. It is missing some overarching metaphors or imagery to really have a takeaway.

That being said, when I looked back at my highlights to write my full review, there is just a ton of good meaty quotes that I really agree
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Peter
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is definitely not Wright's most cohesive or compelling book, as it reads more like a collection of essays or musings on somewhat related theological topics. The content is great, but it wouldn't be a good place to start with Wright's work. It's more a reflection on various ways that the resurrection and kingdom of God shape and direct Christians and the Church today. Topics range from the Jewish roots of Christian faith, to the meaning of the Trinity, to the importance of ecumenicalism and ...more
Ryan
Jun 09, 2011 marked it as to-read

This book is recommendation from a friend who is doggedly pursuing reading every N.T. Wright and Wendell Berry book while squeezing in any Marilynne Robinson fiction she'll let him. A noble pursuit.

He says that, at this point of his study, this is the best book by N.T. Wright he has read. I'm not sure if I believe him but I will give the book its fair shake.

If you are like me, you may need to know this before beginning the book:

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Matthew
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I found the first half of this book to be a great resource for thinking about the theology behind why we worship. The second half of the book had some good ideas, but I didn't sense a strong connection between the chapters. Overall through it left me with a lot to think about, especially about the relationship between worship and mission.
Tylor Lovins
This is N. T. Wright's most pastoral and personal work, in my opinion. He explicates, in light of his historical Jesus stuff, the meaning of the gospel and the love of God. If you like N. T. Wright, you'll enjoy this one, although I doubt you will get anything new from it (if you've read one N. T. Wright book, you've read them all).
Doctor VanNostrum
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A collection of sermons and addresses from one of the Church of England's brightest minds. Understanding the provenance of the book and its genre will help some who expect something different from it.
Josh Shelton
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read
Todd Mcalpine
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
It reads more like a series of essays on a common theme than a single book, but it's a great read.
John Craig
Apr 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A jumbled mess

This book has no coherent theme. It is just a bunch of sermons bound together in this book. There is even a strange chapter on antisemitism.
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N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England (2003-2010) and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline NBC, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air, and he has taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGi ...more

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