Worship

Magnetic Music Ministry

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$12.95
This volume in the Effective Church Series is a primer in musical ministry; it clearly describes ten goals of music ministries for any congregation. This book convinces church leaders of the importance of reviewing your musical worship style (roughly 40 % of most congregations' worship time is set to music), plus how to present different worship styles to keep the interest of pre-baby-boomer adults as well as younger adults. Discusses budgeting and purchasing sound-system components, developing musical leadership roles beyond "choral director," and guidance for special pageants or youth promotional tours.
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9780687007318
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1996-02-01
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Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship

$30.00

This volume is a collection of articles by members of the faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary exploring the multicultural challenges facing the contemporary church. Contributors seek ways to make worship more relevant to, and inclusive of, groups that have often been excluded, either overtly or unconsciously--youth, ethnic minorities, and other marginalized people.

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9780664222024
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2000-11-01
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Marriage: An Orthodox Perspective

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Fr Meyendorff illustrates the Orthodox appreciation of marriage as "sacrament, " not just another institution of this world. He stresses that marriage is a mystery; an earthly and eternal bond presupposing that man is a citizen of God's Kingdom. Includes text of marriage service.
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9780913836057
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1997-07-01
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Melting The Venusberg: A Feminist Theology of Music

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$43.00

This book begins with a pointed critique of the foundations of the understanding of Western music: that music from Pythagoras to the Renaissance has been viewed as the source and model of order in the universe and in society. Unfortunately that order was rigidly hierarchical, so that over the centuries music reinforced established social prejudices, particularly those against women. Nowhere was this more evident than in religious music that was regarded by male ecclesiastics and scholars as the instrument of choice for taming hysterical female eruptions.

Through her mordant commentary on a rich selection of texts by major thinkers from two millennia of Christian theology, Heidi Epstein shows in the first part of Melting the Venusberg that music as the erotic embodiment of human engenderment has been ignored or suppressed, while music as the expression of transcendent harmony, order, and restraint has been extolled.

The second re-constructive part of Melting the Venusberg draws on ignored sources and lost tropes from the Christian tradition as well as on insights from the music and thought of historical and contemporary woman composers and performers from Hildegard of Bingen and Lucrezia Vizzana to Rosetta Tharpe and Diamanda Galas. Through this recuperative synthesis, music's
theological significance changes keys, as it moves beyond its symbolic function as divinely ordained, harmonious microcosm into more dissonant metaphorical registers. Those who have ears to hear will be delighted.

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9780826416483
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2004-10-15
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Message in the Music: Studying Contemporary Praise and Worship

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$20.00
The definitive guide to the meaning of today's most popular praise and worship songs.
Few things influence Christians' understanding of the faith more than the songs they sing in worship. The explosion of praise and worship music in the last fifteen years has profoundly affected our experience of God. So what are those songs telling us about who God is? In what ways have they made us more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ? In what ways have they failed to embody the full message of the gospel?

Working with the lists of the most frequently sung praise and worship songs from recent years, the authors of this book offer an objective but supportive assessment of the meaning and contribution of the Christian music that has been so important in the lives of contemporary believers.

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9780687645640
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2007-12-01
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Messy Church (2nd ed.)

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$18.00
Overflowing with creative ideas to draw the community together for fun, food, fellowship and worship, this resource book contains 15 themed programme outlines. Each outline has ideas for creative art and craft activities, meal plans and recipes for eating together and family-friendly worship. Messy Church grew out of one church's desire to reach out to those on the fringes of the church community and experience the love of Christ through creativity, fellowship and worship together. There is also a dedicated website at www.messychurch.org.uk which explains what Messy Church is, why it got started and who is doing it now.
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9780857461452
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2011-10-14
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Mozarabs, Hispanics, and the Cross (Studies in Latino-a Catholicism)

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$42.00
Raul Gomez-Ruiz demonstrates that Hispanic Catholicism is rooted not only in indigenous religions and the conquest of the mestizaje and the Americas, but also in Iberian Catholicism."
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9781570757334
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2007-12-20
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Music Architect: Blueprints for Engaging Worshipers in Song

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$23.00
Guidance for Leaders Seeking a Richer Way to Employ Worship Music

Worship expert Constance Cherry offers comprehensive guidance to Christian leaders seeking a deeper, richer way to employ worship music in engaging ways for twenty-first-century worshipers. Following Cherry's successful book The Worship Architect, this work helps Christian leaders think theologically and act pastorally about worship music in their churches. It addresses larger issues beyond the surface struggles of musical styles and provides tools to critically evaluate worship songs. The book is applicable to all Christian traditions and worship styles and is well suited to both the classroom and the local church. Each chapter concludes with suggested practical exercises, recommended reading, and basic vocabulary terms.
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9780801099687
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2016-07-19
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Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship

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The contributors to this songbook are committed to encouraging a new sacred folk music -- music that we can teach to and sing with one another without a hymnal or a piece of paper in our hands. This original music is simple and repetitive, yet holds incredible depth. It allows congregations to become communal music-makers, learning to sing and improvise together in a vital way.
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9781640652767
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2019-09-01
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Music, Modernity, and God: Essays in Listening

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$55.00
When the story of modernity is told from a theological perspective, music is routinely ignored - despite its pervasiveness in modern culture and the manifold ways it has been intertwined with modernity's ambivalent relation to the Christian God. In conversation with musicologists and music theorists, in this collection of essays Jeremy Begbie aims to show that the practices of music and the discourses it has generated bear their own kind of witness to some of the pivotal theological currents and counter-currents shaping modernity. Music has been deeply affected by these currents and in some cases may have played a part in generating them. In addition, Begbie argues that music is capable of yielding highly effective ways of addressing and moving beyond some of the more intractable theological problems and dilemmas which modernity has bequeathed to us.

Music, Modernity, and God includes studies of Calvin, Luther, and Bach, an exposition of the intriguing tussle between Rousseau and the composer Rameau, and an account of the heady exaltation of music to be found in the early German Romantics. Particular attention is paid to the complex relations between music and language, and the ways in which theology, a discipline involving language at its heart, can come to terms with practices like music, practices which are coherent and meaningful but which in many respects do not operate in language-like ways.

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9780199292448
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2014-01-28
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Musical Settings for Noonday and Compline (Package of 10)

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$3.50
A handy booklet for singing the Noonday Office and Compline containing appropriate hymns, psalms, lessons, responsories, etc. Especially useful for camps and conference centers. (31 pp, pkg. of 10)
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9780898691658
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2000-01-01
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Mystery of Christian Worship

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$16.00
A Benedictine monk at Maria Laach, Odo Casel was a major force in the movement for renewal of liturgy in this century. He objected to rationalistic or anthropocentric interpretations of the Christian religion that would reduce it either to a collection of doctrines or to a moral code. Instead, he insisted that the core of Christian faith is the worship of a sacred mystery. For Casel, liturgy means the making real of the mystery of Christ in the new alliance throughout the whole church, in all centuries; in it her healing and glory are made fact. This essay presents the heart of Casel's theology of mystery, summing up his view that the encounter with the divine Mystery in liturgy is the most central and most essential action of the Christian religion.
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9780824518080
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1999-03-01
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Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting

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$25.00
Studies the work of the Hudson River School artists, the Lumiists and other mid-nineteenth century painters of the American landscape, setting the work of these artists into the broadest cultural context.
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9780195029352
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1981-04-09
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New Century Hymnal-UCC Pew Edition

$19.00
This is a hymnal that invites us into a new century. The best hymns of the past are combined with exciting new hymnody from some of the finest contemporary poets and composers, reflecting the pluralistic church in which we worship today. The New Century Hymnal has been created with a high level of musical and theological scholarship -- including remarkable new translations of original texts. Its texts honor tradition while at the same time using inclusive language that will welcome and affirm all as members of Christ's church.
-- a full 934 pages containing more than 600 hymns
-- many new translations to bring freshness and clarity to older texts
-- more than 100 psalms, fully set to music
-- arrangements and harmonizations carefully selected for congregational singing
-- includes orders for worship, with services for morning and evening prayer
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9780829810509
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1997-01-01
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New Creation: Elements of A Liturgical Worldview

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$17.00
A knowledgeable liturgical theologian and historian proposes the lines of a Christian worldview that can inform liturgical renewal.
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9780800632359
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2000-06-01
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New Pastor's Guide To Leading Worship

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$15.00

Worship

A down-to-earth guide to planning and implementing meaningful worship experiences for pastors, written especially for those new to the job.

This practical book is for new pastors as they move into the role of worship leader and planner. When faced with the weekly rhythm of planning and leading worship, new pastors sometimes find themselves overwhelmed with the tasks. The book centers on the pastor and his/her identity as worship leader, on guidelines for leadership, and on the 'why' and 'how' of worship services. Contents include: The Pastor as Leader; Leading on Your First Sunday; Rituals: "The way we do it here"; Leading in the Worship Service; Leading Prayer; Leading Communion; Leading Baptism; Leading through the Christian Year; Leading with Musicians; Leading the People into Leadership.

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"I heartily commend this book to new pastors. Get it and read it before you show up at your first appointment. Barbara Day Miller will save you from many a heartache and embarrassment. Though tagged as a new pastor's guide, most pastors I know will benefit by reading the New Pastor's Guide, especially the latter chapters about leading with musicians and guiding members of the congregation into worship leadership."

Reverend Daniel T. Benedict, Jr., Director of Worship Resources, General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church

"In the past couple of years, I have worshipped in about a hundred congregations. After that experience, I can tell you, HERE IS THE BOOK WE NEED! Barbara Day Miller packs this little book with a lifetime of the creative worship leadership and the inspired preparation of pastors to lead worship. Combining practical help with a deep theological understanding of, and heartfelt love of Christian worship, she gives pastors everything they need to lead God's people in prayer and praise."

William H. Willimon, Bishop, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Barbara Day Miller is the Assistant Dean of Worship at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.

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9780687497201
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2006-04-01
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Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World

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What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God? We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship is infused with a rich variety of musical and liturgical influences. But leading worship in multicultural contexts can be a crosscultural experience for everybody. How do we help our congregations navigate the journey? Pioneering worship leader Sandra Maria Van Opstal is known for crafting worship that embodies the global, multiethnic body of Christ. Likening diverse worship to a sumptuous banquet, she shows how worship leaders can set the table and welcome worshipers from every tribe and tongue. Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God's invitation for all peoples to praise him. When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice, heralding God's good news for the world. Enter into the praise of our king, and let the nations rejoice!
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9780830841295
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2016-01-04
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Our God Has No Favorites

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$8.95
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9780893901653
Publication Date: 
1989-12-01
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Outline of Christian Worship

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$47.95
In succession to W.D. Maxwell's An Outline of Christian Warship (1936), this book provides a comprehensive history of Christian worship from the New Testament to the present, drawing both on original sources and the work of modern scholars.
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9780567086105
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1998-06-01
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Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer: A Worldwide Survey

$30.00
The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer is the first comprehensive guide to the history and usage of the original Book of Common Prayer and its variations. Expert contributors from around the world and from every major denomination offer an unparalleled view of The Book of Common Prayer and its influence.

The Oxford Guide to Common Prayer is more than simply a history: it describes how Anglican churches at all points of the compass have developed their own Prayer Books and adapted the time-honored Anglican liturgies to their diverse local cultures. The Guide examines how the same texts - Daily Prayers, the Eucharist, Marriage and Funerals, and many others - in dozens of editions now in use throughout the world, both resemble and differ from one another. A brief look at "electronic Prayer Books" also offers a unique and exciting modern perspective.

The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer offers a fascinating journey through the history and development of a classic of world literature from its origins in the 16th century to the modern day.

Oxford is pleased to offer The Book of Common Prayer in a variety of formats and prices to match readers' needs and budgets - perfect for study or gift-giving. Visit our website to order your copy today.

* A comprehensive survey of the rich history of the original Book of Common Prayer and all of its varied descendents.
* Explains, characterizes, and illustrates the dozens of Prayer Book versions in current use throughout the world.
* Lays out a path that will enable any reader, Anglican or not, to learn why the BCP is a classic of liturgy and literature.

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9780195297621
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2008-03-28
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Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology

$50.00
As a multi-faceted introduction to sacramental theology, the purposes of this Handbook are threefold: historical, ecumenical, and missional. The forty-four chapters are organized into the following parts five parts: Sacramental Roots in Scripture, Patristic Sacramental Theology, Medieval Sacramental Theology, From the Reformation through Today, and Philosophical and Theological Issues in Sacramental Doctrine.

Contributors to this Handbook explain the diverse ways that believers have construed the sacraments, both in inspired Scripture and in the history of the Church's practice. In Scripture and the early Church, Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics all find evidence that the first Christian communities celebrated and taught about the sacraments in a manner that Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics today affirm as the foundation of their own faith and practice. Thus, for those who want to understand what has been taught about the sacraments in Scripture and across the generations by the major thinkers of the various Christian traditions, this Handbook provides an introduction. As the divisions in Christian sacramental understanding and practice are certainly evident in this Handbook, it is not thereby without ecumenical and missional value. This book evidences that the story of the Christian sacraments is, despite divisions in interpretation and practice, one of tremendous hope.

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9780198816614
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2018-03-11
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Oxford History of Christian Worship

$60.00
The Oxford History of Christian Worship is a comprehensive and authoritative history of the origins and development of Christian worship to the present day. Backed by an international roster of experts as contributors, this new book will examine the liturgical traditions of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, and Pentecostal traditions throughout history and across the world. With 240 photographs and 10 maps, the full geographical spread of Christianity is covered, including Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific. Following contemporary trends in scholarship, it will cover social and cultural contexts, material culture and the arts.

Written to be accessible to the educated layperson, this unique and beautiful volume will also appeal to clergy and liturgists and more generally to students and scholars of the liturgy, Christian theology, church history, and world history.

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9780195138863
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2005-12-08
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Patterned by Grace: How Liturgy Shapes Us

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The word liturgy is packed with power. For some, it evokes the grandeur and mystery of the church's rich tradition. For others it evokes a rigid and confusing form of obsolete practice. Dan Benedict provides us with a deeper and more satisfying way to understand liturgy and to discuss issues related to worship. In his understanding, readers come to see liturgy as God's means of uniting with the heart, mind, and work of Christ. Liturgy, Benedict says, carries us into the presence of the holy in the same way that those friends in the Gospel story carried their paralyzed friend into the presence of Christ. When our spiritual life is dry and we have difficulty experiencing that presence, liturgy holds that meaning for us until we are ready to return. Liturgy connects us with the communion of the saints and allows us to worship with other believers across time and place. Over time, given faithful participation, the liturgy works to shape our perceptions and create more space for God's grace to find expression. This volume, with original prayers and reflection questions, is an excellent text for a new members' studying worship, or for a congregation's worship committee to read as a preparation for its work. Topics include corporate liturgical practices like Baptism, Communion, and the Christian year, as well as personal practices of daily prayer and scriptural reading.
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9780835899055
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2007-04-01
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People's Work: A Social History of the Liturgy

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Frank Senn ventures behind the liturgical screen, behind the texts, and behind the rubrics to reconstruct the everyday religious expression in Christian history. Senns magisterial Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical (1997) has been widely hailed for its appreciation of the dynamic role of culture in shaping liturgical expression. In The Peoples Work, Senn delves further into the cultural home of liturgy looking at processions and pilgrimage, communion practices and spiritual reading, fasting and feastingall the myriad liturgical practices that have been the concrete life and primary work of the body of Christ.
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9780800697679
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2010-08-02
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PERFORMANCE: TEXTS & CONTEXTS

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$57.95
Book by Stern, Carol Simpson, Henderson, Bruce
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9780801307874
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1993-12-01
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