True Worshipers

Answering the Father's Call for a Lifestyle of Pure Devotion

Christian - Non-Fiction
120 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2021
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

What true worship means is a question I have often asked myself, but until I read Marja Verschoor-Meijers's True Worshipers, I could not find an answer. In her informative and inspirational book, Verschoor-Meijers asks herself my same question and reflects on what would remain of our faith if everything we have built and created over the centuries disappeared. What is the core of worshiping God? Taking a close look at the second commandment, attitudes, and acts of worship, Verschoor-Meijers offers a thorough analysis of the topic and provides many hints that require our attention and reflection.

I am a Christian and, as such, I often wonder how to be worthy of God's benevolence and love. Marja Verschoor-Meijers's book clarified my ideas once and for all. Now, I understand where to start, how to behave every day, what to leave behind, and what to improve. True Worshipers has broadened my vision, often making me meditate on concepts I overlooked. I also understand some passages from the Bible better. I always welcome texts that deepen my knowledge of the Holy Scriptures because it has been my priority to study them in recent years. True Worshipers has allowed me to achieve one of my goals. The greatest quality of this book is helping readers apply the holy precepts with awareness. My only regret is that I had not found True Worshipers before. From now on, I will keep it close, together with the other books of the series Verschoor-Meijers has already written and will write.

Vincent Dublado

True Worshipers: Answering the Father's Call for a Lifestyle of Pure Devotion by Marja Verschoor-Meijers was written from a simple but thought-provoking question: What is true worship? Verschoor-Meijers ponders and gives her take based on her observations on the growing unrest about the prescribed ways that believers keep doing worship rituals within Christianity. Corporate worships from church gatherings to gospel concerts have grown in popularity, but as the current pandemic behooves Christians to go back to the basics in forming the true heart of their faith, this book helps to take a closer look at the Second Commandment as well as the words that Christ spoke to the woman at the well. It strips down worship to its bare bones, as it examines acts and attitudes of personal worship that are genuinely pleasing to God.

True Worshipers is an eye-opener. From a critical standpoint, the Christian church has reached a time where it has increased in wealth and power and, despite scrutiny and criticism from free thought, it still remains standing as a recognized institution. Sadly, many of the faithful are missing the genuine and sacred offering of themselves and of their worship to God and to the Son. Consider this book as an invitation from Marja Verschoor-Meijers to re-establish your recollection about how you profess to belong to Christ rather than being more concerned about the image you project to the spiritual community around you. It is a guide that requires reading Scriptures and joining the author in meditative prayer. Read it and see how it can prove to be transformative in its humble way of revealing what God truly looks for in worship.

Delene Vrey

In True Worshipers: Answering the Father's Call for a Lifestyle of Pure Devotion, the eigth book in Marja Verschoor-Meijers’ series, the author takes a good, hard look at what the second commandment demands from us. Considering that the Ten Commandments mostly directly convey what we should not do, the author looks at the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image… you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” (Exodus 20:4) She then asks the question that if God does not want us to worship Him as the other nations worshipped their idols, then how does He want us to worship Him? As the book is in the format of a Bible study, each chapter has a core verse, a section for meditation and journaling of thoughts, guiding the reader in understanding the second commandment and putting it into practice in the reader’s daily life.

True Worshipers: Answering the Father's Call for a Lifestyle of Pure Devotion by Marja Verschoor-Meijers forms part of her series about the Ten Commandments. What I liked about the book is that it is written in easy and understandable language. It is evident that the author did a great deal of research and it helps that her opinions are backed by facts and therefore believable. This is not a book that you casually pick up and read. It has the potential of changing the reader’s view they might have on faith and idolatry. Idolatry and what that means in how the Lord demands to be worshiped is the main theme addressed. This is a great series and I appreciated the author's research and dedication.