Rhythms Of Grace – Mike Cosper
I greatly enjoy reviewing books. I have done this for almost 3 years now and in that time I have read some really great books. I have also read some that were not so great, a few that I have partly or completely disagreed with and at least one that caused me to rage as it denied the very tenets of our faith. On the other side I have had the privilege and joy to read a handful of books that have deeply impacted my thinking and adjusted my course of planning and working as a pastor and church planter. Rhythms of Grace by Mike Cosper is one of these profoundly influential books.
I will freely admit that I have not read a ton of books on worship but this is by far the best I have read. Cosper lays out a theology of worship that is deep and compelling. He shows how all-encompassing worship is and how we need to think deeply about everything we do in the course of worship. He expertly explores the marriage of a broad view of worship with an up close look at it as well. He shows how worship is rooted in, focused on, and empowered by the Gospel of Christ.
I know I will not only revisit the ideas and notes from this book as I continue down my journey of church planting, but I also know I will come back and re-read this book by myself and with those planning and preparing worship with me. So whether you are a pastor, worship leader, or church member you really need to read this book.