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Book Review: Paul Fromberg, The Art of Disruption: Improvisation and the Book of Common Prayer

Book Review: Paul Fromberg, The Art of Disruption: Improvisation and the Book of Common Prayer Book Reviews 233 The Art of Disruption: Improvisation and the Book of Common Prayer. By Paul Fromberg. New York: Church Publishing, 2021. 167 pp. $18.95. Blending theological reflection on the liturgy, pastoral theology, and personal memoir, this book seeks to encourage improvisation in the liturgy. It is written primarily for both lay and clerical members of the Episcopal Church who would be involved in planning liturgies for their local communities, but the principles outlined in the book could be helpful for ecumenical partners as well. A guiding metaphor throughout the book is hacking: “The artist of disruption is like a computer hacker: making something new from a common language” (p. vii). Fromberg is careful to explain that liturgical improvisation “is not just doing what you want to do: it is not about novelty for the sake of novelty” (p. 31). Rather, good liturgical improvisa- tion requires a thorough knowledge of the liturgy in terms of both general principles and the particulars of each worship service. The liturgical improviser must be carefully attuned to what is happening in the liturgy much like jazz musicians or improvisational comedians must be attuned to the give and take of their performances. Vulnerability is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anglican Theological Review SAGE

Book Review: Paul Fromberg, The Art of Disruption: Improvisation and the Book of Common Prayer

Anglican Theological Review , Volume 104 (2): 1 – Feb 1, 2022

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Book Reviews 233 The Art of Disruption: Improvisation and the Book of Common Prayer. By Paul Fromberg. New York: Church Publishing, 2021. 167 pp. $18.95. Blending theological reflection on the liturgy, pastoral theology, and personal memoir, this book seeks to encourage improvisation in the liturgy. It is written primarily for both lay and clerical members of the Episcopal Church who would be involved in planning liturgies for their local communities, but the principles outlined in the book could be helpful for ecumenical partners as well. A guiding metaphor throughout the book is hacking: “The artist of disruption is like a computer hacker: making something new from a common language” (p. vii). Fromberg is careful to explain that liturgical improvisation “is not just doing what you want to do: it is not about novelty for the sake of novelty” (p. 31). Rather, good liturgical improvisa- tion requires a thorough knowledge of the liturgy in terms of both general principles and the particulars of each worship service. The liturgical improviser must be carefully attuned to what is happening in the liturgy much like jazz musicians or improvisational comedians must be attuned to the give and take of their performances. Vulnerability is

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Published: Feb 1, 2022

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