Friday, March 06, 2009

Beyond Smells and Bells

Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy is for anyone who has ever wanted to understand what's so great about a liturgical service!

After reading it, Father Rooster and I agreed that this is a perfect primer on liturgy, the book to recommend when asked to explain the appeal of a liturgical service. Mark Galli writes in a way that is easy to understand, yet is rich in theology and thorough in its examination of the many beautiful facets of liturgy.

The chapter titles give such a helpful idea of what's in this little book. There's Cosmic Daytimer: How the Liturgical Calendar Can Bring Order to Our Lives; Bizarre, Holy Moments: How the Liturgy Reshapes Our Sense of Time; We Worship a Material Savior: Why the Liturgy Engages the Whole Body; and If You Don't Get It, You've Got It: The Liturgy as a Mystery Full of Meaning--plus ten other chapters! Each is short but filled with quotations, history, theology, and the author's own experiences and insights.

The Appendices are most helpful as well. Appendix A explains terms from a liturgical service, such as collect, creed, lesson and acclamation. Appendix B contrasts Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian liturgies. The Christian year is described in Appendix C.

A highly recommended resource.


B said...

Thanks for the review. I would love to understand more about liturgical services. I'll have to add this to my wish list. Blessings -B.

Donna Boucher said...

Thank you for this recommendation!

Amy said...

Thanks for the review! Do you think it would be helpful to someone outside a liturgical church? We've been looking for a good book to help our extended family (Baptist)understand our church service more.

At A Hen's Pace said...


Oh yes! It would be very helpful and accessible. He's not out to convert anyone, especially, either, just to explain the appeal. Let me know what you/they think!


markgalli said...


Thanks for the kind words about my book. If any of your readers have questions about it, I'm happy to try to answer them.
--Mark -

p.s. Thanks for your hospitality this weekend!