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"When church historians reflect on the worship revolution that happened around the turn of the 21st century, Darlene Zschech will be credited for playing a major role," Bill Hybels says. While challenging the Christian in the congregation to be an extravagant worshiper, Zschech also presents valuable insights and help for the worship leader. These are the words of a woman ...more
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Published November 1st 2004 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2001)
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I bought this book in 2002 or 2003. I read the first chapter and then quit for some reason or another. It's an easy and quick read, so I decided it was time to finish it or get rid of it.

I come from a charismatic background, so I know where Darlene is coming from, but now I see some holes in this type of approach as well. I think the most obvious one is that worship and praise seem to be emotion or expression based--what I say about God, what I feel about Him in my heart.
No doubt this is an ele
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has been completely eye-opening for me. I can honestly say that this book has changed my life. “Extravagant Worship” by Darlene Zschech was written to inspire people to become extravagant worshipers. Through sharing her experiences within her journey of becoming an extravagant worshiper, Darlene paints a clear picture of what it truly means to worship God. She expresses the importance of worship not only through music, but through our every day lives. “Extravagant Worship”, though writ ...more
Oct 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: maybe a worship leader...but maybe not
Recommended to Susie by: Randy Young
While it has one or two good quotes, this book wasn't worth the time it took to read. Some of her ideas seem good and scriptural. Other ideas might be good, but who knows where she's getting them from... she just seems to spout them as truisms with no support. Overall, there is a bit too much hype and "dream for success" kind of philosophy in the book. I'd wish for a more humble and profound book about worship. This one, in the end, was kind of annoying for me. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that was so encouraging, and uplifting. I learned so much about what worship truly is, as opposed to what worship is perceived to be.
Mycah Sylvain
Nov 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
This book is full of toxic positivity. Darlene says that when we are angry or sad or frustrated, we should put those feelings aside and just praise God. As a Christian, I do believe that praising God and trying to look on the bright side of things can be helpful, but burying negative feelings all the time is not healthy and she doesn't seem to give any room for expressing those feelings. I only got through the first 4 chapters so that's what my review covers.

I especially had a problem with chapt
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to learn more about worship and how to worship God..
Inez Hall-Williams

I loved the way the author was open and honest in this book. She gave great examples. This opened my eyes to what true worshiper really is.
Chelsey Connor
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful book on worship and living extravagantly for the lord. I loved it!
Susan Barnes
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Darlene Zschech begins her book Extravagant Worship with the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with costly perfume. This woman is an extravagant worshipper. Darlene describes this woman’s worship as: excessive, abundant, expensive, superfluous, lavish, costly, precious, rich, priceless, and valuable. This story is a great introduction and explanation of the theme – extravagant worship.

The book covers all the aspects that create extravagant worship such as, having a godly lifestyle, talent, the powe
Marisabel Bonet-Cruz
A central part of my life includes the need to connect with G-d, and to read and explore my faith and my connection with G-d. This book allows you to reflect on Him and to pray to Him, and to praise His name. This book inspires you to become so much more, to redefine your life, to explore new paths and to allow G-d to truly enter your life. It allows you to understand worship as so much more than going to temple. It allows you to see worship as a mode of life, as a philosophy of living, and as a ...more
AyЯa Acuña
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it
It's not an exclusive read for the worship leaders. Even the church goers can read and relate. It may talk about how we worship but we can also apply some of the points in our everyday lives. Somehow it helps renew our hope and faith. Extravagant worshipping is not just for the worship leaders, each of us should lead our worship in our hearts and really worship extravagantly. We need not to be really good, but we should know that in ourselves that our worship to God is the best we have, because ...more
Judith Noameshie
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I quite enjoyed this book because it took worship out of the conventional church building setting and brought it to everyday, real life. And it's actually what the Father demands from me. And it's my choice tho respond to that calling and be an extravagant, excellent worship. That is not possible if I don't lay everything down at the feet of Jesus throughout the week and be obedient in everything.
I would have liked to see more personal examples, that's why I gave a 4 stars rating ins
Christine Meunier
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reading
An excellent, inspiring and thought provoking book. Very practical and I love Darlene's obvious passion for the church and bringing your best before God to encourage others to also engage in worship with Him.

Well worth reading for anyone involved in the worship team or wanting to reach others through worship music. A great read for those who want advice on how to be an authentic church member in any congregation.
Greyceeh Guevarra
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all of my friends
Extravagant worship is being offered to our King across the planet, increasing in intensity and intimacy… cutting across all denominational barriers and all religious preferences. Our heart's quest should be that as God's eyes search the earth, He would find us to be an extravagant worshipper. May this book will not only finds itself in ones hands… but that it finds itself planted in our heart. ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great Non-Fiction book for church goers. The Author really focused on the worshipers attitude while praising the Lord in a worship service. A lot of the book was geared toward a worship team member or leader. But I still enjoyed the nuggets of wisdom for the average church attender. This is a good pairing with "Kiss of Heaven," also written by Darlene Zschech. ...more
Aug 03, 2011 added it
I enjoyed this book. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I am neither a worship singer or musician and there is much in this book that is specific for them. In spite of that, I constantly found myself writing little quotes here and there that inspired me in my journey to be closer to God and to worship Him more. I highly recommend this book.
Erica Rios
Jul 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Darlene is such a humble person who just wants to worship her King but wants others to do the same. She gives great insight about worshiping God in that secret place. The way she writes and the experiences she talks about really makes you want to worship God in a new way.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
I read this about 10 years ago and took it out again this past fall. God had many different things to show me this time - I love how He does that:). For those who are looking for some insight into worship through music, this is a book you want to spend some time reading.
Isaiah Jesch
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book has long been one of my favorites for dispelling the idea that worship is mere song. Darlene Zschech is an incredible singer and her heart as a worshiper is shown quite clearly in her writing here.
Daniel Lienata
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read book for every worshippers (both personally in daily live and on stage), as the basic to prepare our heart and attitude towards the worshipping action as a believer. Well done. Blessed you all :)
Luxi Godlief
Jul 10, 2007 is currently reading it
I have read it a third n i borrowed it to my brother, I want to finish read it :)
Debra Johnson
Jul 13, 2007 is currently reading it
Iam learning what it means to live a lifestyle of worship
Venus race
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all christian
learn to worship God wholeheartedly.
Maria Bernadette Alcalde Cantil
currently reading it,,,its a good book,,teach u how to truely worship the Lord in spirit and in truth!!!
Michael Humphrey
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to get you passionate about your worship of G-d. Darlene is an amazing worship leader.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great book about excellence in worshipping the Lord
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully balanced book on worship. I read it atleast once every 2 years.
Yolanda Ramos
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. She's one of my favorites. ...more
Jul 30, 2008 rated it liked it
What a good insight to the growth of a Spirit-Led worship leader. Her personal touches in this book were unexpected and refreshing.
Jul 30, 2008 added it
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Australian Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a singer, songwriter, worship leader and speaker, most notably for her involvement in the music from Hillsong Church, Sydney over many years. Although she has achieved numerous gold albums and her songs are sung in many nations of the world, her success simply stands as a testimony to her life’s passion to serve God and people with all ...more

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“When asked, I always tell worship leaders, “Don’t talk too much.” Too much of anything great takes the greatness of it away. We lead worship by being the first to worship. The pastor will preach the message. If he ever asks us to preach, that will be a great honor and a privilege—and we would do an awesome job—but until that invitation comes, we must stick to leading the worship and doing what we have been asked to do. Be committed to the entire service and not merely your role. If you are only committed to your own responsibilities, and you forget about everything else, then what are you really contributing?” 1 likes
“Praise is not a “happy-clappy” song. Praise is not the fast songs before the nice, slow worship songs. Praise is a declaration, a victory cry, proclaiming faith to stand firm in the place God has given you. Praise is a proclamation that the Enemy’s intent to plunder you will not rock you. Praise declares that you will not be moved by the Enemy’s attempt to snatch you away. If you need to have the Enemy flee from your life, then you need to praise your pathway to victory! Praising God with other believers releases explosive faith that frightens the Enemy. This time of high praise, when we have broken away from self-concerns and when we are truly rejoicing in our Lord, is confronting;” 0 likes
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