Spiritual Anorexia

Spiritual Anorexia: How Contemporary Worship Is Starving the Church

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By Doug Erlandson

A Must-Read Book on Worship
It’s Not Just About the Music

In Spiritual Anorexia: How Contemporary Worship is Starving the Church, Dr. Doug Erlandson presents a balanced but devastating critique of the contemporary-style worship model and shows how this type of worship deprives Christians of the feast of true corporate worship.

Drawing from personal experience and extensive research into the history of Christian worship, Dr. Erlandson analyzes the motivations for contemporary-style worship and assesses its strengths and weaknesses. He argues persuasively that corporate worship should be a dramatic presentation of the Gospel. Historically, Christian worship has included distinctive elements in making this presentation. These elements include the call to worship, recitation of the creeds, confession of sin, absolution, Christ-centered preaching and a benediction.
Here’s a Preview of What’s in the Book

Contemporary Music
Modern Preaching
Worship Center vs. Church
Traditional Elements of Worship
Who Says New Is Better?

˃˃˃ What Others Are Saying About Spiritual Anorexia

This book should be required reading for anyone leading or wanting to lead a church. Amazon Customer “Addict”

This is not a “Let’s go back to singing only hymns” plea, but a critique aimed toward the mindless, vacuous, repetitive, empty types of songs that often pass for worship in many churches. Review by “Yarn Mama”

I found this book to be an excellent critique of contemporary worship. Not only does he lay out what is wrong with this style of worship and how it is damaging the church, he lays out the history of worship and what it is meant to be. Reviewed by “Melissa”

A must-read for people who are responsible for worship services–pastors, musicians, choir members, lay leaders. Reviewed by Rev. Judith A. Meier


Doug Erlandson is the author of 22 Kindle books, including How to Think Clearly: A Guide to Critical Thinking and How to Write Clearly: A Guide to Effective Communication. He has written the Jargon-Free Guide series, which includes Philosophy Basics: A Jargon-Free Guide for Beginners. Among his many theology books are Faith Reborn; Spiritual Anorexia: How Contemporary Worship is Starving the Church; Godly Contentment: Kingdom Living in an Age of Economic and Social Uncertainty. He is also the author of The Job Shuffle which was published by Moody Publishing.

Doug received his B.A. from Wheaton College (Ill.) and his doctorate in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. He was an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln from 1972-1980. He served as a pastor in the Reformed Church for 6 1/2 years and returned to teaching in 1994 at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. In 2013 he began writing full-time. He is a top 50 reviewer on Amazon.


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