Craig A. Satterlee's When God Speaks through Worship: Stories Congregations Live By published by Alban Institute January 13, 2009

Dr. Craig A. Satterlee's latest book, When God Speaks through Worship: Stories Congregations Live By (ISBN 978-1-56699-383-8, paper, $17.00) features eight stories from his pastoral ministry to inspire congregations to seek God through their worship. In his third in a series of "When God Speaks" books from The Alban Institute, Satterlee challenges congregations to consider the motives behind what happens in worship.

"Here's a welcome voice in the tension about whether in worship we ought to speak about God or speak to God. How about having God speak to us?" writes Lester Ruth, Lily May Jarvis Professor of Christian Worship at Asbury Theological Seminary, about When God Speaks through Worship: Stories Congregations Live By.

Satterlee addresses both the joys and challenges of worship and the specific vocations, planning and communication that support it. His book is meant for every congregation, to help its leaders and members think about how their worship, how it's done and why, and what impact it is having on the people in the congregation and the community around it.

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Craig A. Satterlee occupies the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is the dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. Satterlee is the author of numerous books and articles, including When God Speaks through You: How Faith Convictions Shape Preaching and Mission (Alban Institute, 2008), The Christian Life: Holy Baptism and Life Passages (with Dennis Bushkovsky, Augsburg Fortress, 2008), When God Speaks through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition (Alban Institute, 2005) and with Lester Ruth, Creative Preaching on the Sacraments (Discipleship Resources, 2001). He is a sought-after teacher, speaker and preacher who continues to do interim parish ministry in the Chicago area.


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