Review: The Worshipping Body: The Art of Leading Worship

The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading WorshipThe Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship by Kimberly Bracken Long
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While many theologians and liturgists are readily able to acknowledge the Church as the Body of Christ, the implications for this for embodied worship – and embodied presiding in this particular case – are not so readily understood or commented upon.

This book, by Kimberly Bracken Long, looks at the many and varied ways in which the one who presides at worship (or liturgy or whatever other names one gives to the gathering of Christian on Sundays) must use various parts of their body, and the way in which those bodies are used, in order to given expression to the Body of Christ.

Although written from a Reformed Christian perspective and, therefore, needing to be interpreted according to one’s own particular Christian tradition, this book provides much to be thought about by the practitioner of presiding, both in the theology that underpins it and the art of the practice itself.

This book is well worth reading for anyone who from time to time, or regularly, presides over the Christian Assembly as a means of ensuring that what they do and what it signifies is what they intended in the first place.

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