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Beyond Smells and Bells:

 The Wonder & Power of Christian Liturgy

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Mark Galli

Mark Galli is senior managing editor of Christianity Today.  

He is the author of Francis of Assisi and His World, and Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God.

He was the Editor of 131 Christians Everyone Should Know. 

He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, and has been worshipping in the Anglican tradition for nearly 20 years, most recently as a member of Church of the Resurrection in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. ______________

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Liturgy appeals to our senses, grounds us in a great tradition, and plants us in the midst of a diverse community.

Are you attracted to liturgy but don't know why?

Are you considering changing to a 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 interested 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 intriguing story, full of mystery, that transforms us.

"Mark Galli's book almost persuades me to become High Church!  This warm and personal overview commits me to work for 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, Galli 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 ______________________________

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Comments of The Prayer Foundation:

This is a delightful book (I don't believe we've ever actually used that word before in a Book Review).  Fascinating, informative, historical -- answers questions you didn't even know you had!  Wonderful spiritual insight and wisdom in explaining the many spiritual benefits of a liturgical worship service.  


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