Worship Leaders should be worship readers. Below is my running bibliography of some of the best books on worship I've read...books that have had a profound impact on how I lead, plan, and think about worship (btw, I don't necessarily agree with everything in all of these books). If you haven't done much reading, books with an asterisk (*) next to them indicate great starting places, in my opinion. Also, one of the best books I've read most recently is Christ-Centered Worship, by Bryan Chapell. I wrote a review for those interested:
Here's my list. What's yours?
Best, Harold. Music Through the Eyes of Faith. San Francisco: Harper, 2003.
Best, Harold. Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003.
*Carson, D. A., ed. Worship by the Book. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002. (esp. chapters 1 and 4)
Clowney, Edmund P. The Church. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1995. (esp. chapter 9)
Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Worship. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009.
Dawn, Marva J. Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-Century Culture. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
Dawn, Marva J. A Royal “Waste” of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
Frame, John M. Worship in Spirit and Truth: A Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship. Philipsburg: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1996.
Myers, Kenneth A. All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture. Wheaton: Crossway, 1989.
Nouwen, Henri. With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. New York: Maryknoll, 1994.
*Old, Hughes Oliphant. Worship: Reformed According to Scripture, rev. ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.
*Ortlund, Anne. Up With Worship: How To Quit Playing Church, rev. ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001.