Category Archives: Worship Leader Book Reviews

a collection of simple book reports on the the subject or contemporary and traditional worship.

The Lost Art of Pure Worship. James w Goll

This is a 162 page compilation book of six authors who write from their experience as international worship leaders. This means variety in perspective.

In this book The Lost Art of Pure Worship, Chris Dupre, Jeff Deyo, Sean Feucht, Julie Meyer, Rachel Goll Tucker, and James W Goll all share their understandings and ideas of worship.

The book is segmented into three: For the Audience of One, Equal Access to the Throne, and Tips for the journey.

Quotes from Worship Leaders.

I like underlining the ideas I find in books that stick out to me. Do you? Here a few from this book. I have organized them according to worship leader.

Chris Dupre

  • With out David, our conversations about worship would end up using words like blood, sacrifice, knife, dead, wash, splattered, animal…you get the picture.
  • When I am secure in his affection, I do not need to draw my life from others because I already have it in him.
  • When our gifting or calling becomes our title, it is only a short distance  away from having it become our identity.
  • Oxen and carts are for work, not for worship.
  • We need to be lovers of God who happen to play music as opposed to musicians who  happen to be Christians.

James W Goll

  • I take my questions and I worship him with my questions.
  • worship and prayer are not ends in themselves, they lead to the very presence of God.
  • Spiritual principles stand firm always, but we are not worshiping spiritual principles.
  • Gates and doors are closed to shut things out and open to let things in.
  • Today, our access to God is not limited by artifacts and ceremonies.

Julie Meyer

  • Oil is one of the most valuable commodities  in the earth and it is also the most needed substance for worship.
  • We must have oil for the journey of worship.
  • Don’t get offended, get oil.
  • Offense never lets you go, you have to let it go.

Sean Feucht

  • We are called to carry, embody, and release worship everywhere we go.
  • The reviving of the secret place will always lead to the reviving of the public places.
  • The Spirit’s presence is not so fragile that he requires our help through lengthy explanations.

Jeff Deyo

  • Worship is who I am , not just what I sing.
  • …we need to move from ‘practicing what we preach’ to ‘preaching what we practice.
  • God’s musical tastes, however, have very little to do with style.
  • To him, each thing you do on this earth is like a note on a musical staff.
  • God hears things differently. To Him, if the sound has not come from an obedient heart, that sound is not godly.
  • :if we simply turn our energy from the outside of the cup to the inside of the cup – from the part everyone sees to the part nobody sees – He will take care of the part everyone sees, on our behalf.

Rachel Goll Tucker

  • Life is entirely too short to waste it without making an impact on our society.

Orlando House of Prayer

This was the last required book for my services at the Orlando House of Prayer. Each Monday evening from 10 pm to midnight I hosted a live musical devotion which was streamed worldwide.  I lead this two devotion from January 2017 to the end of July 2017. The program required a training on prayer and worship called The Harp and Bowl Training as well as list of recommended and required reading.


The lost Art of Pure Worship


for more of my worship leading book reviews:

Following the River by Bob Sorge

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

Growing as a Prophetic Singer by Anna Blanc

Envy: The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

Prophetic Song -Gateway to Glory By Stan Smith. Book Review

What is Prophetic Song?

I can think of many people who would answer that question like this: Prophetic Song is a song that is prophetic, right? How would you define Prophetic Song?

In his subtitle, Prophetic Song author Stan Smith seems to define prophetic song to be a gateway to glory.

Gateway to glory?……think about those words for a moment. gateway. gate. in and out. open and shut.

Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.
Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.


in and out.
open and shut.


smoke and clouds?
what is glory?

My thoughts on Prophetic Song

This book is a complete educational meal when it comes to the prophetic song. It reminded me of a textbook. It took me longer to read than some of the other recent books. There were several things I really appreciated about this book, but first, let me share my favorite quotes:

Worship Leading quotes by Stan Smith, author of Prophetic Song

Here are a few thought-provoking quotes from this worship leading book:

  1. There is a friendship with God so intimate that he tells us what he is doing.
  2. If you want more of the Holy Spirit, center your attention on Jesus, His favorite subject matter.
  3. We don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes because our audience is God, not man.
  4. The song that matches the sound of nature is singing in the Spirit.
  5. Living water is given not for theologians to discuss but to revive the parched souls who have lived in the desert of sin and death.
  6. Open your Bible and sing a line of scripture.
  7. Don’t try to outplay the people around you, but try to make them sound good.
  8. The things of God can’t be reduced to a formula.
  9. Take the anointing off me and put it on the song.
  10. Sometimes there is a richer anointing on worship practice than on the service itself.
  11. Spirit led worship never grows old and stale, it is always fresh.
  12. The best investment we can make is to do everything we can to make room for the presence of God.
  13. Sometimes God does not entrust a higher anointing on us until we respect Hid anointing on others.
  14. We can’t buy the anointing with money.
  15. I can choose to sing and play something spontaneous, God still has the freedom to decide whether to make it prophetic.

My Take-Aways from Prophetic Song

There are two things that really stuck out to me as I read Prophetic Song. These two ideas intrigued me because I had never heard or thought things this way before. Find out what they are…

I really think it is an exciting moment when what I  have knowledge of is expanded to new borders and insights. I guess some people call this revelation. I heard a great definition of Revelation once: revealed knowledge.

Idea #1

In the book of revelation, it was brought to my attention that Jesus  has two prophetic voices. Both sounds are the voice of the same God. Perhaps He has more, but these are the two prophetic voices I learned about:

  1. One of Jesus’ voices is the sound of many waters.  This is said to almost always be our prophetically anointed voice speaking to God thru worship in spirit and truth in a corporate setting.
  2. The other prophetic voice is the sound of the trumpet. It’s the prophetic voice of God addressing to an assembled people.

I am trying to defend or promote any doctrine about the two prophetic voices of Jesus. I simply wanted to share something that intrigued me.

Idea #2

There are two rivers flowing out from the throne of God. One is a river of living water clear as crystal. The other is a river of fire. Without going into any explanations, this idea also peaked my curiosity. This river of fire can be found in Daniel 7:9-10

“….His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.  A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him…..”

I think Stan Smith takes this idea of two rivers and develops quite an interesting idea of Gods Glory. Get the book and find out more.

Action Step

Finally, This prophetic song textbook closes each chapter with two assignments.  One for non-musicians and singers. one for musicians.

Prophetic Song by Stan Smith
Prophetic Song by Stan Smith



for more worship leading book reviews from Jay Sandifer:

Following the River by Bob Sorge

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

Growing as a Prophetic Singer by Anna Blanc

Envy: The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge




Growing as a Prophetic Singer -by Anna Blanc: Book Review

At the time of this post, I am 44 years old. Ever since I was about 21, I have been fascinated by the idea of the prophetic. I have wondered so many times about ‘this thing’ called prophetic music.

I have even questioned myself… am I a prophetic person? Am I a prophetic artist? Am I a prophetic singer? How does this idea of prophetic music fit into the local church? If I am prophetic, what are the boundaries for this gift and calling of being prophetic musically?

The book by Anna Blanc provides a true and practical piece of the ‘prophetic-singer’ puzzle that is sitting on the coffee table of my purpose.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Anna Blanc’s book called  Growing as a Prophetic Singer

  • Total pages: 113
  • Shortest chapter length 14 pages
  • Longest chapter length 6 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2013

Chapter Titles

  1. Using This Book
  2. Possessing a Biblical Vision for Prophetic Singing
  3. Countering Comparison, Envy, and Pride
  4. Remaining Faithful in Hiddenness
  5. Developing through Demotion
  6. Passing the Test of Promotion
  7. Facing Fear
  8. Knowing Three Truths
  9. Singing the Word
  10. Pursuing Excellence
  11. Not Quitting

Quotes about Prophetic Singing

Here are a few quotes from this book:

  • You are not the first to taste the thrill of standing in worship as a vessel of the Lord
  • Comparison is the poisonous weed that takes out brand new singers
  • It is a delusion to think that, if you are called by God to minister as a singer, your ministry will be very public and valued by many
  • Talents does not ‘wow’ God, and crowds do not move Him
  • The Lord is not looking to increase our comfort, but our righteousness
  • As the Lord increases your gifting or gives you a greater ministry platform, it is for the profit of His body
  • The one opinion that matters and the only correct evaluation of you is what the Lord thinks
  • Justice is making wrong things right
  • If we do not know the word we have nothing to sing
  • If you do not practice, you will not move forward

Singing the Word

My favorite chapter in this book is titled Singing the Word. This chapter does a great job at outlining the practice of opening the bible and singing the scriptures.

“The Bible is the most valued resource to the prophetic singer.” 

Anna clearly gives the job description of the prophetic singer, which simply sing the word.

“Our job as prophetic singers is to gain an understanding of the Word, know it in our hearts, live it in our lives, open our mouths to sing it.” 

I like the idea that Anna Blanc shares about us being little libraries of His Word with its many books hidden in our hearts.

I really enjoyed the practicality of this chapter. (1) put reading and meditation upon the word into your schedule (2) map out how you will spend the time studying Gods word

some helpful suggestions:

  • try reading large portions of scripture in one sitting (10 Chapters)
  • try bringing your focus and meditation slowly on the Holy Spirit who lives inside you as he leads you to one  or two verses
  • choose a passage, book or topic and study with resources such as commentaries

Envy -The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.
Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.

Envy almost influenced me to walk away from what I do best. Envy is a subtle and powerful weapon of darkness. If I am not careful, I will casually let envy erode the confidence and clear conscience needed to bring fulfillment in the plans and will of God for my life.

The book by Bob Sorge is a great exploration of the destructive poison of the spirit of envy.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Bob Sorge’s book called  Envy -The Enemy Within

  • Total pages: 150
  • Shortest chapter length 26 pages
  • Longest chapter length 8 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2003

Chapter Titles

  1. The Most Common Problem that Nobody Has
  2. What is Envy?
  3. The Brothers
  4. The Great Talent Showdown
  5. Why Revival Tarries
  6. The Cross: Death of Envy
  7. Perceiving the “Measure of Grace”
  8. The Envy Detour: Death or Destiny
  9. Rooted in Love

Quotes about Praise

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Envy; The Enemy Within:

  • Envy is the internal pain we feel over someone else’s success
  • Envy is the Natural by-product of being favored by God – Michael Cavanaugh
  • It’s the tallest tree that gets hit by lightning
  • Envy is always an issue with the brothers
  • No amount of practice can give you a gift you haven’t received from God
  • There is always somebody more talented than you
  • When revival hits two things typically begin to gather in abundance; people and money
  • God protects power with problems
  • My goal is to be known in Heaven
  • The best antidote for envy is the pursuit of the knowledge of the love of Christ

The Great Talent Showdown

My favorite chapter in this book is titled The Great Talent Showdown. This chapter contributes to a deeper understanding of the parable Jesus Christ shared regarding the talents found in the book of  Matthew 25:14-30

…each according to his own ability. Matthew 25: 15 

Bob concludes that when it comes to the ministry of music, one’s level of giftedness becomes so measurable, you can almost put a numerical value on it.

I also like this idea that Bob brings to light; It might be tempting to look at someone else with more gifts than you and envy what they have; but the truth is that if you had their level of gifting, you could potentially suffer quick burnout and utter frustration. Your ‘ability’ may not be meant to handle it.

Having said that, I like that Bob points out that you can only work with what giftings and talents god gives you, but you can also multiply them!

Bob Sorge has also included Mike Bickle’s perspective on talents. The more talent and giftedness a person is,  more publicly and visually expressed towards a more prominent public platform.

And finally, when it comes to leadership, I like this thoughtful illustration Bob makes explain the various talents given by The Lord:

“If the level of excellence in the worship ministry (and other ministries) doesn’t grow with the church, the growth of the churchwill level off and will plateau according to the level of giftedness among its leaders.”  -Bob Sorge

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett: Book Review

Do you know the seven characteristics of praise? There's Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett
Do you know the seven characteristics of praise? There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

I remember the first time reading about the difference between Praise AND worship. I was really fascinated by the contrast.

This book is all about the power of praise. There are several powerful theme scriptures running throughout the entire text. These scriptures weave a sound proposition that praise in not an option for us if we are to experience the fullness of God’s power, provision, and freedom on the earth.

Don Gossett was not raised in a Christian home. He accepted Christ as personal savior in a Baptist church. He began his preaching ministry in the Baptist churches.  He met and married Joy. Joy was raised in an old fashioned Pentecostal home. 

Let’s get into ourBook Review by Don Gossett called There’s Dynamite In Praise

  • Total pages: 128
  • Shorter Chapters
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 1974

Chapter Titles

  1. How I discovered Praise Power
  2. Praising God Continually
  3. When All Else Fails, Try Praising
  4. So you’de Rather Praise in Private?
  5. First Praise – Then Increase
  6. Praise: The Key to Power
  7. The Attitude of Gratitude
  8. One Hundred Praise Scriptures
  9. Hallelujah Living
  10. Adventures in Praise

Quotes about Praise

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Don Gossett’s book There’s Dynamite in Praise:

  • The Baptists stand for baptism in water. The Pentecostals stand for baptism in fire. You get water and fire together and you get steam.
  • Prayer and praise are two wings of spiritual power.
  • He doesn’t require sacrifices for sin [Jesus took care of that], but he does require sacrifices of praise.
  • The true spirit of praise doesn’t drive people away; it attracts them.
  • Praise is God’s order. When all else fails, praise prevails.
  • True thanksgiving is not complete until it is expressed.
  • First praise then increase
  • Ingratitude extinguishes the light of God in your heart.
  • The more we praise Him, the more he blesses us.
  • Praise is the language of faith.

Praising God is the Secret to Having Increased Blessings in Your Life

My favorite chapter in this book is titled First Praise – Then Increase. This freedom chapter reveals the incredible and compelling idea that extra blessings may be contingent on our Praise.

May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him. Psalms 67: 5-7 NLT

I like this thoughtful illustration Don makes uses to contract our requests from our thanksgiving:

“There is a story that tells of two angels who came from heaven every morning and go on their rounds all day long. One is the Angel of Requests. The other is the angel of Thanksgiving. Each carries a basket. The basket belonging to the Angel of Requests is soon filled to overflowing, for everyone pours into it great handfuls of requests, but when the day is ended, the Angel of Thanksgiving has in its basket only two or three small contributions of gratitude.”  -Don Gossett

100 Praise Scriptures

This book also has some really nice teaching material:

  • 10 points in learning to praise God continually and practically
  • 7 characteristics of praise
  • 7 question’s to ask yourself about praise
  • 6 facts about the fruit of our lips
  • 100 scriptures to  be memorized (my favorite)
  • 5 reasons for lifting hands in praise

Following the River by Bob Sorge: Book Review

Following the River

Inspired by the worship leading book Following the River by Bob Sorge
Inspired by the worship leading book Following the River by Bob Sorge

I began leading worship in the church in May 1992. I was 20 years old. It has been quite a journey. I have experienced many exciting things during my journey. I have had many encounters and many dreams and visions too. I remember hearing fun worship songs about The River.

I believe everything starts with a decision. The conception of my personal worship leading journey started with a decision.

Decisions are made from our encounter with circumstance. What happens to us requires a decision from us.

In 1992, I made an intentional decision to read and study truth. 

Today, I still make this very important decision to read about truth, but…enough about me for now, let’s get into this little book by Bob Sorge called Following the River: A Vision for Corporate Worship

  • Total pages: 78
  • Short Chapters
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples

Quotes about Worship

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Following the River:

  • Rivers don’t follow straight lines
  • It’s not by song list, it’s not by service order, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts
  • Just because you practiced the song, doesn’t mean it’s the right song for Sunday morning
  • Preparation empowers you to deviate from your preparation
  • It’s not a worship service until you find the river
  • When worship’s tapestry is finished, everyone comes away with a clear understanding of what the Spirit is saying to the Church
  • The war is between the old song and the new song
  • In the vast majority of instances, the unthrottled power of worship is tapped and unlocked in the new song
  • The wise worship leader will bring our of his or her storehouse songs new and old

Sea of Glass Worship

My favorite chapter in this book is titled Sea of Glass Worship. This enlightening chapter reveals the incredible and provoking idea that there are no worship leaders leading the worship around The Throne of God.

Referencing Revelation 14:1-2, we can gain a few detailed insights like the following from this little handbook for corporate worship:

On the sea of glass, the great multitude is 100% proactively engaged in worship. There is no need for anyone to exhort them to wake up because a river of fire is flowing into their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, causing each member of the Bride of Christ to erupt with extravagant affections for the beloved Bridegroom. On the sea of glass, the great multitude has ownership of the worship. Nothing can extinguish their flame.”  -Bob Sorge

The humor and wit of Bob Sorge are clearly identified:

“And I, John, beheld, and lo, a platform. And on the platform, a microphone, And at the microphone, a leader. And slightly behind the leader were four singers, each with a microphone. And the leader’s microphone was louder than theirs, And lo, I saw a keyboard. And guitars. And a drum set. And speakers. And the sound coming from the platform was so powerful that you couldn’t tell if anyone was singing. “

The Worship in Heaven

One final thought about this great little book…Bob presents a convincing thought about the primary differences between heaven’s worship and our worship today. take a look at his contrast.

“Heaven’s Worship is multitude driven; our worship is platform driven. To be successful, contemporary worship relies heavily upon the role of leaders and musicians to take us from commencement to completion.

When you look at the heavenly scenes of Revelation, you’ll notice there’s one thing curiously absent from heaven’s worship-a worship leader.”

The worshippers of heaven do not need anyone telling them to lift their hands. There is no need for someone to say,  “everyone sing…let me  hear ya say, ‘Praise the Lord’,  or Worship Him now.”

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