Vernon Whaley’s Called to Worship should be studied and used by anyone considering the current state of their worship. This book was a refreshing call back to the scriptures, taking the reader from beginning to end and reliving worship in its different forms. I was prepared, upon first glance, for a textbook reading and I was not looking forward to it-but I was very wrong. This book was an easy flowing read, which kept me questioning, thinking, and pondering everything I do regarding worship. I was drawn in immediately by Whaley’s dissection of what we call worship. Whaley’s references and biblical examples seek to remind us that worship isn’t merely a place or a time, or even a certain chain of events. Worship isn’t hymns or praise medleys.
In so many hearts today worship has turned more to a thing-an event, something we do, often half-heartedly and with the wrong attitude. We expect to go someplace and have our needs be met and when we don’t like it, we expect it to be changed-because that’s what we want. This book shares valuable insight, to worship at the beginning and the many forms it has taken biblically. We have to come back to worship and make it God centered-just as it is from Genesis to Revelations. Whaley takes worship and its biblical foundation and reminds us that we have to do more than go or be.