Opinions Wanted About This Book. Review by samcivy

 Anyone committed to a liturgical denomination will find much of interest in this volume. The writing is often beautiful and wise. Chittister explains the importance of liturgies for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Holy days, Saints days and Ordinary days.

I’ve never understood liturgical services. The words didn’t say what my heart longed for. However, learning about liturgy can help non-liturgical believers understand and appreciate the practices of worshippers in liturgical denominations.

This author beautifully explained why we attend church on Sundays instead of Saturdays. And Chittister knows Jesus’ resurrection (Easter) is the main event in Christian faith. She mentions several times that God, Jesus and the Spirit are needed in our lives.

The author loves the liturgy for promoting yearly growth until we fully live as Christians. However, she may not grasp that the Holy Spirit can function in human lives without a formal guide.

In this book liturgy can sound more important than the work of the Holy Spirit. He creates spiritual growth at the particular time and way needed by each individual. The Holy Spirit meets us as we study the scriptures and pray to God. He does a marvelous job without a pattern written by humans.

However, Chittister is a much respected expert for her years of study and practice of liturgical worship. This can be a valuable book for Christians.

  • Where to buy this book:
  • ThomasNelsonPublishers.Com
  • or Amazon.com
Book cover for The Liturgical Year
The Liturgical Year

About samcivy

I read my first book a week after beginning first grade and haven't slowed down in seventy years. My system often wakes me in the night so I keep books on a chair in the bathroom and do a LOT of reading. I'm a free-lance writer/editor and review books for various authors as well as Thomas Nelson Publishers and Amazon.com. I will soon be posting books for a blog tour by KathyWillis.com, a book promoter.
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3 Responses to Opinions Wanted About This Book. Review by samcivy

  1. Judith Robl says:

    The liturgy of the formal church is designed to carry one on a yearly pilgrimage of growth. The liturgy functions much as a college syllabus. Certain teachings and principles need to be handled on a regular basis. It assures the church that the pastor or priest won’t get on a single hobby horse and ride it to death.

    I’ve been in non-liturgical churches where a single aspect of God was preached week after week. And the congregation didn’t get a fully rounded vision of Him.

    I can see that the liturgy functions as a guideline. In fact, I’ve been tempted myself (and was this year considering) using the liturgy as the basis for my daily blog on Garment of Praise. I may actually do it another year.

  2. Elaine Hansen says:

    I have learned the value of the True Believer in what ever setting. Old established traditions can bring stability and comfort. Liturgical Churches have it in writing and in formate what they believe. The Challenge is not to go to sleep in stagnating brain numbing boredom and complacency as God can be shoved into a solid Box. I am certain because of my experiences with all forms of Christianity that the cry of a hungry and thirsting heart for an personal relationship with a living and loving God is the safe Gaurd.

  3. Bette Tomko says:

    Basic Litergy does guide the services through the phases of our beliefs, but I strongly believe that teaching the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives is sometimes ignored. Changing the vestments from color to color to indicate the seasons probably doesn’t register to the person who just attends church sporatically, sits in a pew and leaves without sharing themselves…a reminder of the Holy Spirit traveling with them might stay with them longer than most things heard in the average service.

    Those of us who attended Liturgical church all of our lives miss any part that is left out in the new types of worship (although mixed services do put a little life into the services).

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