Thank you to everyone who submitted a suggestion and/or ideas for a subtitle for my book. What we finally chose was actually a combination of a number of suggestions. Matt Lowe proposed, “Leading Others to Exult in God’s Glory.” I changed “God’s glory” to “the Greatness of God,” and my friend Ken Boer suggested the word, “encounter” instead of “exult.” That led to the subtitle we’re going with, which is, “Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God.” Both Matt and Ken will be receiving a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.
While I could have gone with no subtitle, and I certainly don’t think a subtitle makes or breaks a book, I think this subtitle is just specific and vague enough at least to arouse interest for someone who is looking through the plethora of books on worship. Here’s what I like about it:
“Leading” communicates that the person reading this book is some kind of leader. That might mean a worship leader, a pastor, or someone who wants to influence others.
“Encounter” implies that I’m going to be talking about more than simply helping people understand truth about God. We’re interested in helping them meet with and be changed by God as a result of knowing him better.
“The greatness of God” is what worship is about.
In any case, I’m currently waiting for an edited copy to come back from Crossway. When I receive it, I’ll make any remaining changes, and send it back. The book is due out in April, Lord willing.