Marva Dawn – Introductory Reading Guide

August 20, 2016 — Leave a comment



Today is the birthday of Marva Dawn, one of the theologians who has been most influential for our congregation at Englewood Christian Church.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to her most significant works.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.



6. Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for This Urgent Time


Another of Dawn’s most widely read books, this volume is one of the finest explorations of the theology of worship. She “sketches the essential attributes of true worship–worship that keeps God at the center, builds believers’ character, and upbuilds the community.”



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