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

By Mark Galli (Author)
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In Galli's able telling, liturgy is an intriguing story, full of mystery, that can transform Christians.

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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.

From Publishers Weekly
At a time when magazines and journals are documenting the upsurge of interest in liturgy and ritual, a book from the senior managing editor of Christianity Today would seem well-timed. Unfortunately Galli, trying to cover all the bases from Eastern Orthodox to Presbyterian in exploring how liturgy helps to cultivate God's people, speaks too broadly and generically for an audience that is just discovering and trying to fathom formal worship traditions. Galli thoughtfully addresses the way in which liturgy shapes us in general, by changing our focus, sense of time and culture. But the lack of specific examples (in an effort to be inclusive) leaves readers with theory that may be difficult to translate into Sunday morning worship. However, Galli's love of the liturgy is clear, and his own stories of the way it has engaged and changed him over time are informative. The book's three appendixes (a glossary of common liturgical terms, a comparison of the order of worship in various traditions and a description of the seasons of the Christian year) will be helpful to newcomers to church traditions. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy by Mark Galli has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 02/11/2008 page 66
  • Christianity Today - 05/01/2008 page 39

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Studio: Paraclete Press
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  
ISBN13  9781557255211  

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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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