Book Twelve

My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.

I heard about Holy Roar on Christy Nockels’ podcast The Glorious in the Mundane (listen here. I cannot recommend her podcast enough. The best word for it is refreshing.) I was driving to my parents’ house last October while listening to the podcast and Christy’s guest on this particular show was Darren Whitehead, coauthor of this book. He presents the Hebraic roots of the word worship in scripture while Chris Tomlin provides musical experiences and songs that coincide with the definition. I’m (probably unreasonably) fascinated by word meanings and deeper interpretations of scripture, finding it brings so much understanding to the heart of the words and so much peace (yep, peace) to my heart. I’m a lifelong student, but also spent a few months with a Messianic congregation during college that truly altered my view of scripture. What Whitehead and Tomlin have done is make worship much more than singing a few songs, and even much more than just one word. I’ll give you a quick list of the meanings they explore:

Yadah – hands of praise

Hallal – fools of praise

Zamar – music of praise

Towdah – expectation of praise

Barak – posture of praise

Tehillah – songs of praise

Shabachshout of praise

It’s a quick read – I started and finished in the same afternoon – but full of insight into what we call “worship” and its different aspects. If you’re a word-nerd like me, especially when it comes to the Bible, this one’s for you.


Goodreads rating: 4.73/5

My rating: 4/5 stars

Days read: February 24

Recommend: Yes

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