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Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy [Paperback]

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Pages   142
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8" Height: 5.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN  1557255210  
EAN  9781557255211  

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Liturgy helps us enter into a counter-intuitive story. In this individualistic, spontaneous world with a passion for relevance-liturgy concretely shows us what is communal about faith. In a culture that says that truth is a product of the mind, liturgy helps us experience truth specifically in our lives. Liturgy teaches us the patience to live into a relevance that the world knows not. For those who wonder if it is worth committing themselves to a liturgical tradition, or whether or not liturgy sharpens a Christian's focus, or blurs it from what is most important, Beyond Smells and Bells explains what exactly liturgy does to us and how it shapes us, as we participate in it week after week, year after year. "Genuine worship raises our sights above ourselves. It sets us into a community--past, present and future. It fits us for God's mission. Above all, it brings us face-to-face with Jesus and trains us to play our role in his story. Much that passes for worship these days misses all of this. But Galli gets it decidedly right." David Neff, Editor in Chief & Vice President, ChristianityToday Media Group

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Liturgy lures us through our senses, grounds us in a great tradition, and plants us in the midst of a diverse community, present and past.

Are you attracted to liturgy but don't know why? Are you considering changing to liturgical tradition? Are you already immersed in liturgical worship but want to grasp its deeper significance? "Beyond Smells and Bells" addresses the lure and relevance of liturgy for your life today.

Thousands of Christians become interest in liturgy each year for the first time, as they turn to orthodoxy, tradition, and the lasting rituals of the Christian faith. In a culture that values spontaneity, liturgy grounds us in something enduring. In a culture that assumes truth is a product of the mind, liturgy helps us experience truth in mind, body, and spirit. In Mark Galli's able telling, liturgy is an intruguing story, full of mystery, that transforms us.

"Mark Galli's book almost pursuides me to become high church This warm and personal overview commits me to work for a renewal of historic liturgical practice in the so-called low churches."-Scot McKnight Ph.D., author of "The Jesus Creed"

"In this warm and engaging book, Mark Galli makes a compelling case for the relevance of Christian liturgy in our postmodern, individualistic age. Through lucid examples and moving personal testimony, Gallie explains the countercultural appeal of liturgical worship that spans the denominational spectrum."-Colleen Carroll Campbell, former White House speechwriter and author of "The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy"

Mark Galli is senior managing editor of "Christianity Today." He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of "Francis of Assisi and His World," and "Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God." He is married and has been worshiping in the Anglican tradition for nearly 20 years, most recently as a member of Church of the Resurrection in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Galli is editor in chief at Christianity Today and the author of many books, including Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God; Beyond Bells and Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy; and Beautiful Orthodoxy: The Goodness, Truth, and Beauty of Life in Christ.

Mark Galli currently resides in Glen Ellyn, in the state of Illinois.

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Clear and Relevant Guide to the Importance of Liturgical Worship  Dec 13, 2008
Beyond Bells and Smells is a short, passionate book about the impact of Christian liturgy upon our coming ino a relationship with God. Through liturgy we transcend the cognative into the mystery of knowing God. Galli gives practical personal examples that communicate the significance of worshiping through the use of liturgy. He makes clear that we are not lone-ranger Christians but are called to be transformed within a Christian community. For those who are unfamiliar with litugical worship or for those who think that "rituals" are dry and boring, this book provides an excellent introduction into the life-giving liturgical worship.
Putting your toe in the church again  Jun 30, 2008
This is a good book for new or returning Christians to a liturgical tradition. Despite the title, it isn't about what happens in church, the liturgy, rather it invites the reader to reflect on the true meaning of worship.
Liturgy Impresses, the Personality of Christ Upon Us  Jun 18, 2008
Mark Galli goes beyond the externals of liturgy, which in themselves are impressive, to the heart of the reason for liturgy. In the continued worship style debates contemporary worship is seen as being a genuine expression of "our" feelings toward God, however Galli brings out that the primary purpose of the church's heritage of 2000 years of worship was to impress the Personality of Christ upon us. And secondly, through the liturgy, the Holy Spirit brings us not only communion with Christ, but forms us into a body with others. Whereas, contemporary worship's focus is on self expression, the "I" is center, and frames the picture in modern faddish terms and music that are here today and maybe gone tomorrow. Liturgy frames our picture in biblical and early Christian Church forms of expression. In liturgy we join the communion of saints of all ages in the eternal song of God's love for mankind. A good book for those that find themselves attracted to the liturgical route of the Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodoxy and don't know why. This book takes us beyond the ponderous and the repetitious first impression of the liturgical service to the Spirit that animates it.
Outstanding  Jun 2, 2008
Beyond Bells and Smells is a breath of fresh air. As pastor of a very liturgical Presbyterian congregation I welcomed this book with much enthusiasm. Indeed, when a person leaves a liturgical service they are never, ever the same.

I am sharing this book with a number of my friends.Mark Galli has done us all a great favor.
Old is New Again  May 31, 2008
In this well-crafted and insightful book, Mark Galli likens the Liturgy to the Garden of Eden -- it was a place where Adam and Eve could enjoy remarkable intimacy and beauty with God, but it was also a place where they could hide from him -- so to the Liturgy.

Thanks to Galli's passion for unpacking the ancient movement of the Liturgy, I know that my own worship experience will be enriched. Galli blows the dust off of prayers and rituals that could easily become dull rote recitations. By exposing the way that the Liturgy offers us incarnational moments with Christ, inviting us into holy time (where past, present and future are united), Galli invites the reader to engage with the deep mysteries of the liturgical experience.

I recommend this book to people who are unfamiliar with liturgical churches, those who are experiencing a desire to return to the Liturgy, or those who have been faithful church goers but don't understand much about why they stand, sit, kneel, and pray the way they do.

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