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Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground?, 2nd ed.
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Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground?, 2nd ed.


Baker 2000

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With 50,000 copies sold, the first edition of Real Worship helped many pastors and worship leaders make biblical sense in the controversy surrounding worship and worship styles. This second edition contains new chapters on taking worship seriously, planning balanced worship, and tradition in worship.

While many books deal with how to worship, they fail to give a definition of true worship. Warren Wiersbe defines what worship is and the four elements it involves: wonder, witness, warfare, and wisdom. As he discusses such controversial issues as art, liturgy, worship styles, and music, Wiersbe keeps the focus on God and demonstrates the balance of worship for which every church should strive.

Real Worship is both biblically based and autobiographical, containing personal testimony, anecdotes, and illustrations from Wiersbe’s pastoral experience.

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Key Features

  • Discusses the controversy surrounding worship
  • Includes a question and answer section, along with a bibliography and Scripture index
  • Examines the four elements involved in effective worship


  • Part 1: Invitation to Worship
    • In Which the Author Admits His Frustration
    • In Which We Attempt to Define Worship
    • In Which We Discuss Transformation and Discover How Dangerous It Can Be
  • Part 2: Worship Involves Wonder
    • In Which We Get Involved in the Wonder of Wonder
    • In Which We Cautiously Attempt to Discuss the Wonder of God
    • In Which We Think about Idolatry and Discover Why It Is so Hateful to God
    • In Which We Meet Some Believers Who Met God and Worshiped Him
    • In Which We Discover the Wonder of God’s Church
  • Part 3: Worship Involves Witness
    • In Which We Learn What It means to Witness to God
    • In Which We Learn What It means to Witness to One Another
    • In Which We Learn That Preaching Is an Act of Worship
    • In Which We Try to Relate Worship and the Arts, Trusting to Enrich Both
  • Part 4: Worship Involves Warfare
    • In Which We Recover a Neglected Fact about Satan and Learn about Spiritual Warfare
    • In Which We Discover That God’s Church Today Is a Spiritual Army
    • In Which We Must Make a Difficult Decision
  • Part 5: Worship Involves Wisdom
    • In Which We Consider the Wisdom of Taking Worship Seriously
    • In Which We Learn the Wisdom of Planning Balanced Worship
    • In Which We Consider the Wisdom of Tradition in Worship
  • Appendix: Answering Some Questions about Worship
Warren Wiersbe has done a masterful job of communicating our call to worship from the pages of Holy Scripture. His chapter on preaching as a sacrament is alone worth the price of the book. This is yet another prophetic voice calling modern evangelicalism back home to the priority of worship.

—Peter E. Gillquist, former American archpriest, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

With intelligence and insight, wit and wisdom, Warren Wiersbe reveals the transformation which honest worship can bring to each Christian and his church.

—Frank Boggs, retired choral director, The Westminster School, Atlanta

Rarely have I identified with an author in his perception and experience of worship as I have in this present volume. The reader will never be quite the same again after perusing these pages. He may not agree with everything, but he will have to acknowledge that ‘man’s chief end is to glorify God’ and to ‘worship Him in the beauty of holiness.’

Stephen Olford, founder, Olford Ministries International

For long enough this matter of Christian worship has been begging for restudy and restatement, and an answer to that is just what we have in this new book from the mind and heart of one who is eminently fitted to talk to us about it. It has blessed my own heart. May it have wide acceptance and deep impact.

—J. Sidlow Baxter, author and theologian

In worship we declare what is really valuable to us, says Dr. Wiersbe. Convinced he is right, my mind devoured this book. Often in the reading of these pages I forgot this was a book about worship and became lost in the very act of worship. Wiersbe wakes us to the wonder of God. A solid and scholarly challenge threads substance throughout the piece.

Calvin Miller, emeritus professor of preaching and pastoral ministry, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

Warren Wiersbe has done a wonderful service . . . by giving us this marvelous book. It is easily readable, thoroughly biblical, intensely practical, and sorely needed. With a happy heart, I commend it to all who wish to discover the joy of biblical worship.

—Adrian Rogers, former president, Southern Baptist Convention

Product Details

  • Title: Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground?
  • Author: Warren W. Wiersbe
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 224

About Warren W. Wiersbe

Warren W. Wiersbe, the “pastor’s pastor,” is a noted scholar and theologian. He is the author or editor of more than 160 books; he is most-known for his popular “Be” Series. Wiersbe has served as a director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International; speaker on the Songs in the Night radio program; professor of practical theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; chairman of the board of the Slavic Gospel Association; writer in residence at Cornerstone University; and distinguished professor of preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Today his primary ministry is serving others through writing.