Welcome, Zach. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I am a pretty normal guy. Maybe what makes me unusual is that I really believe that God loves me (even though I don’t deserve it). That realization colors everything that I think and do and charges me to respond to Him and to the world differently than I used to.
I find it impossible to forget the cross of Jesus, and I take it very personally. The cross is why I lead worship, teach, pastor, write – why I love my wife and kids the way that I do, and why I pursue God the way that I do. Jesus proved that He loved me – to the death. The least I can do for Him is love Him with my life.
I think that our friendship is based upon mutual adoration.
Tell us about your family.
My family is a testament to the forgiveness and grace of God. My parents prayed for me and tried to teach me God’s ways, but I was very rebellious. I wallowed in willfulness. And I hurt people in the process. For God to trust me with the heart of one of His daughters is a demonstration of His unmerited favor. And He did not give me a woman that I deserved, He gave me a wife that He hoped I would grow to deserve. My wife, Jen, is a beautiful, graceful, godly, woman and my friend. We have six kids, two boys (Sim and Sam) and four girls (Judah, Charis, Maggie, and Nora). My family is my little church, and I love being with them more than being with anyone else in the world.
Have you written other nonfiction books?
This is my first book, but I have been writing and teaching for twenty years. I used to write both fiction and poetry, then God helped me combine my love of music and language into a penchant for songwriting. I have taken part in dozens of CD projects, but in 2011 I released my first solo project, “God and King.”
Now God has me writing books. I’ve known for years that God wanted me to write How to Worship a King, but I never knew how to go about it. Finally I felt like He said, “When are you going to do what I told you to do?” So I just sat down and did it. I pray that it is the first of many.
Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I am not writing (books) at the moment, but I have two exciting books mapped out in my head. When God is ready (and I have recovered from this one), I’ll have more to say on the subject.
What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Because I’m Dad to six little ones, I have a tendency to submit my time to their preferences. So my hobbies are playing pirates, Barbies, airsoft wars, tickle time, catching frogs, protecting princesses, and vanquishing villains. I also enjoy dates with my wife, reading, and nature. I used to be more interesting, but now I’m just a homebody.
Why did you write the featured book?
I wrote this because the devil has robbed Christians of the benefits and the blessing of biblical worship. We’ve been crippled and had our destinies held at arms length. I’ve spent years looking for the book on worship that I really wanted to read. No one ever wrote it. So I gave it a shot.
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want to empower readers to fulfill their destinies in Christ. I want to ignite their passion for fulfilling their God-given calling to transform the world by ministering to the heart of God. We have had a tendency to relegate “worship ministry” to platform personalities and musicians. But worship is part of the inheritance of every child of God. It is the ministry of every believer. Every blood-bought one of us has the right and the anointing to minister to God and to lead others into His presence. What would happen if every believer in the world believed that? If every one of us lived the life of a “worship leader” – worshiping God and helping other people to worship God? When the Church embraces this biblical teaching, it will change the way we look at almost everything. And my hope is that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)
Where on the Internet can the readers find you?www.zachneese.com
Thank you, Zach, for spending this time with us.
Readers, you can get a print copy of this book by going to his web site.
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