Worship That Changes Lives: Multidisciplinary and Congregational Perspectives on Spiritual Transformation

Worship That Changes Lives: Multidisciplinary and Congregational Perspectives on Spiritual Transformation

by Alexis D. Abernethy (Editor)

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Overview

Worship That Changes Lives: Multidisciplinary and Congregational Perspectives on Spiritual Transformation by Alexis D. Abernethy

Reflecting on Spiritual Transformation and Worship

In the context of secularization, postmodernity, and new approaches to understanding the world and reality, many churches have begun to consider alternative ways of expressing and enacting the mystery and wonder of worship. Worship That Changes Lives provides thoughtful reflections on these developments.

The contributors bring a wide range of cultural, theological, and psychological perspectives to the subject, focusing particularly on the often-overlooked relationship between worship and spiritual transformation. The first section of the book considers historical and theological perspectives on worship and spiritual growth, while the second examines the role of the arts in facilitating that development. The chapters of the final section consider, from several perspectives, the results of studies of spiritual experience in worship (crossing both cultural and denominational boundaries).

This volume makes a unique contribution, at once practical and academic, to the contemporary discussion. The authors offer multifaceted perspectives on the importance of developing worship that encourages spiritual transformation in the community of faith.

Contributors
Alexis D. Abernethy Ryan K. Bolger Tyson Chung Alvin Dueck William Dyrness Todd Farley Jo-Ann Hoye Robert Johnston Roberta R. King Asha Ragin Charsie Sawyer Clayton J. Schmit Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet John D. Witvliet Kenneth C. Ulmer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801031946
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Series: Engaging Worship Series
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alexis D. Abernethy (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and a psychotherapist in private practice. She formerly served as a professor at the University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center. Much of her research has focused on spirituality and mental health.

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