What books have impacted you as a worshipper? How have you used them in your ministry?
I'll start off with Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer. This book brought me to my knees like no other when I read it 20 years ago. It helped me see how great God is. I like how it's broken down by attribute with each attribute receiving a short but powerful chapter. I have encouraged team members to read it in the past and have read excerpts during rehearsals and worship times.
Another is Desiring God by John Piper. Many people say that worship is not "for us". John Piper challenges that in Desiring God. The book can be summed up in one statement, "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in him". Worship is for God and us. He designed it that way! He delights in us finding joy in worship and we can be open and honest about it and even seek that joy. Would you take your kid to Six Flaggs and expect them to only focus on how great you are to provide the fun? You probably would find your joy in your child's joy. It sounds less spiritual but when you read it you may discover that it's Biblical. He also points out that attempts to scrub our minds and vocabulary of 'me' and 'I' are often more self cenetered anyway. I haven't used this book in any way other than for personal growth but I know the fruit has come out in my ministry. It's helped me lighten up and enjoy God istead of working so hard to look spiritual and selfless by saying 'the right things'.
For me it's People in the Presence of God, by Barry Liesch. Just one line from it, that worship music is different because it is meant to be entirely supportive, helped to spark off my entire worship ministry paradigm. You can find out more about my worship ministry paradigm on my site
In that book he also looks at worship ministry from a number of different perspectives - family, contemporary church, liturgical and all that. That's great for having a wider perspective (and borrowing creative ideas from other styles).
Exploring Worship (A Practical Guide to Praise and Worship) by Bob Sorge. It covers different topics such as what praise is, what worship is, praise as a spiritual weapon, moving prophetically in worship as well as sections dealing on leading worship, the worship team and planning the service. It is a little bit of an older book but I have gleaned a lot from it and it has helped our church to understand the importance of worship to the Christian life.
Thanks to everyone for adding to my reading list :)
A book that has affected me recently is "Spiritual Leadership" by J. Oswald Sanders. Everything applies to Leading worship or leading your family or leading as a Pastor...we are all called to be leaders in some area.
Another one (but extremely challenging) is "Calvary Road" by Roy Hession. It is a small book and easy to read in a sitting, but hard to absorb it all. Not necessarily about leading worship per se, but all about living out your walk.
I haven't finished "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, but I like it so far. It is about being a radical Christian. Francis spoke at the National Worship Leader's Conference in Austin a couple years ago (2007) and was awesome...also very challenging. He is also a great guy.
As mentioned already, Exploring Worship by Bob Sorge was a biggie for me. A great book of Biblical study combined with good nuts and bolts leading worship.
I hand out copies of The Unquenchable Worshipper by Matt Redman to people all the time. It's a mandatory read for my worship department. I think this book, forgive the pun, really captures the Heart of Worship in a short, sweet, and clear way. His follow-up, Face Down is great as well.
A lesser known book that was very powerful for me was Facing the Wall by Don Potter. Don gives a very insightful look through scripture to the role of worship, the worshipper, and worship leaders. You gotta stick with the book, it's more like a collection of essays instead of a straight through read.