Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #191 — Books for Worship Dance


jodythomae.comContinuing our focus on books for creatives, artists and worshipers, I want to look at a variety of books today all geared towards those in worship dance ministry or who use dance as a personal way of worship. There are many, many books for dance so I want to consolidate some of them here.

First, Lynn Hayden of Dancing for Him Ministries has a full variety of books and instructional DVDs. I featured her awhile back, and you can refer back to that post here.

Here is a list of several more books I recommend:

Dancers! Assume the Position: An Examination of Ministry through Dance by Marlita Hill. A critical must read for all who desire God’s will to be accomplished in and through their dance. A revelation on the dancer’s ministry, Hill delves into what dance ministry is, what it is not, and how it impacts and contributes to the body of Christ. This foundational book should be read and re-read by all who have accepted the call to ministry through movement. A valuable resource for personal study and ministry development, as reference material for pastors and teachers, and as required reading to unite dance ministry members in purpose.

Embodied Prayer: Toward a Wholeness of Body, Mind and Soul by Celeste Snowber Schroeder. Our bodies have too long been in exile. We listen or pray with our hearts and minds but ignore much of our bodies; we become ‘disembodied’. This illuminating book is about honoring what our bodies have to teach us. Brimming with words of wisdom that will allow you to discover what a gift your body is, ‘Embodied Prayer’ invites you towards wholeness of body, mind, and soul.

S.E.E.D. (Simply Enlightening & Encouraging Dancing Disciples) by Pamela E. Stovall. From book: “The more I sought the Lord concerning His revelation about the seed, the more He revealed. This is what He brought to my attention. Even as young children God has our lives already planned. Our assignments are mapped out, His purpose and plans are waiting for us to just say yes.” See www.themasterstouchcreations.

Dance as the Spirit Moves: A Practical Guide to Worship and Dance by Heather Clark. From victory dances to healing and wall breaking dances, you will discover how exciting and enjoyable biblical dance is, and how it can be part of your Christian life. This book also provides practical steps to building a dance ministry. It focuses on dancers, worship leaders, and church leaders revealing ways all three groups can work together in unity for a greater release of personal and corporate creativity.

Encountering God Through Dance: the Dancing Bride by Saara Taina. “Rarely do you see a book that offers passion, testimonies, and biblical expertise so others can be fully equipped. Find out how this Finnish dancer has danced throughout the nations and how hope and healing can be brought to yourself, your family, your church, or your nation. I highly recommend this book—a must-read for those who pursue dance and those who want to see it in their church!” ~ Theresa Dedmon Director of Prophetic Arts at Bethel Church, Redding. Click here for a link to a .pdf up through chapter one so you can check it out before you buy.

Dancing for Joy: a Biblical Approach to Praise and Worship by Murray Siberling. Murray Silberling, one of the world’s foremost experts on worship dance, uncovers fascinating facts about this biblical form of worship. “The dancing rabbi” (as he is affectionately known in Messianic Jewish circles) brings years of experience in worship dance and teaching worship dance to this book. He offers encouragement to the klutz–the clumsy person–who doesn’t think dancing is for him. He also confronts the fallacy that dancing is only for women. He demonstrates how dance has been used through the ages as a way to worship God.

Introducing Dance in Christian Worship by Ronald Gagne, Thomas Kane, Robert VerEecke, Donna La Rue, Gloria Weyman. This book gives suggestions and guidelines for choosing the right movements and gestures for danced prayer, special performances and dance steps for use in church services. Written from a more liturgical church practice (Catholic, Lutheran, etc.).

Dancing Into the Anointing: Touching the Heart of God Through Dance by Aimee Kovacs. In Dancing Into the Anointing you’ll learn about the prophetic dance and how dancing was used in worship in the Old Testament. You can also find out how to start a dance team at your church, and much more!

DANCE (God’s Holy Purpose) by Dr Ann Stevenson. To the hungry seeker of truth this book reveals a serious, biblically sound revelation of God’s Purpose for creating dance, setting a high standard of holiness for the ministry of dance while promoting a much needed balance and order for dance in the Church.

Restoring the Dance: Seeking God’s Order by Dr. Ann Stevenson. In Restoring the Dance, Ann Stevenson teaches the scriptural foundation for dance in worship. As a mature dancer in the Lord and founder of a large Christian dance troupe, she demonstrates the need for dance in our Father’s house. Today God is unfolding His plan for dance in His house!

My Body is the Temple by Rev. Stephanie Butler. Not written just for the dancer or the sacred artist, but for anyone who desires an encounter with God in their temple. It contains the clearest, easiest-to-understand material regarding the purpose and power of movement ministry. Leadership and laity alike will experience and comprehend how the WORD can become flesh and delivered to the Body of Christ in a movement message. They will learn how, through the body (our temple), God allows the Word, to shatter the windows of darkness, pierce the principalities, and bring deliverance to souls in our nation and the world.

Taking Flight: from War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince is the story of Michaela who, adopted by Elaine DePrince from an orphanage in Sierra Leone, rose to become a professional ballerina. Here’s the book trailer — inspiring!!

There are so many more out there that I haven’t yet read so don’t count a book’s omission as a reflection on the book itself. Have fun exploring all these wonderful books!

Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody

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What is Create-A-Day?  Just as One-A-Day® Vitamins help restore the nutrients we deplete in our bodies, so too do we need to refill, replenish and renew our creative souls. In 2015, watch for daily* posts to undergird your ministry; lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within; and draw you more deeply in worship of Jesus Christ. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries. So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected by following me on Twitter or Facebook. Or better yet, sign up to receive email updates by clicking the button to the left. We’ll watch the resources pile up as the year unfolds!

* I am a proponent of family time and Sabbath rest so don’t look for posts on weekends or Holidays.
God's Creative Gift by Jody ThomaeJody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts. She performs, teaches, choreographs, preaches, coordinates and leads JodyThomaeCDcoverart_FA_printworkshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.

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