In trying to engage worshipers into being `conscious and active participants,' Vosko has created an excellent resource to encourage such a process. For those wishing to dream anew their worship space or renovate it, this book is must reading and very helpful.
Fr. Vosko's new book is thoroughly comprehensive and therefore unusually useful, primarily to Roman Catholics, but also to other Christians. Vosko has been a well-known consultant for decades and has a vast experience, which he shares. He is a conservative, scholarly, and entirely faithful to official church documents and to Vatican II. He is familiar with, but not persuaded by, gusts of reaction in the liturgical current. But he is brightly alert, as few consultants are, to the responsible social and technical issues, such as "green" building, that are alive in the architectural profession.
E.A. Sovik, FAIA, Northfield, Minnesota
If I were renovating a church or building a new one, this book would be my bible. It is eminently down-to-earth yet visionary at the same time. There is something in it for everyone: pastors, architects, fundraisers, liturgists, building committees. No wonder Richard Vosko's name is associated with some of the finest new and renovated churches in this country.
Father Michael G. Ryan, St. James Cathedral, Seattle, Washington
For any community beginning to think of building a new worship space or renovating an older one-even those who might not find Vosko's work appealing-this book is an excellent resource with which to begin. For here we have a teacher who moves us beyond questions of style to a methodology for raising to consciousness the understandings of God and church that are at work in every dimension of church design.
God's House is Our House is a must-read for every member of a parish committee that is charged with the responsibility of bringing wisdom to the planning table and who must then make informed decisions for the next generations of worshippers in a beautiful new or renovated church.
There is something for everyone: pastors, architects, fundraisers, liturgists, and the project committee.
Music and Liturgy
. . . provides a foundation for building or renovating a place of worship and presents a thorough checklist to follow for spaces, art, furnishings and appointments . . . , and offers practical advice to those beginning in the middle of or considering such a project.
God's House is Our House is a beautifully designed and printed book intended first of all for those who are involved in planning the building or renovation of cathedrals, churches and chapels.
The book is both scholarly and down to earth as well as being visionary, drawing on the deep well of the author's experience both as a priest in the diocese of Albany and as a liturgical and design consultant. Stressing the need for catechesis and the education of pastoral leaders the book embraces theology, liturgy, sacred space, architecture, the role of art, worship, interculturation, and brings them all together in one encyclopaedic volume.
Based on this experience, Vosko has crafted a book for the church that is eminently pastoral and practical. Engagingly written and fully illustrated with 111 photographs and church plans, God's House Is Our House is a refreshingly balanced treatment of a topic that can bring out the best and worst in Roman Catholics who are faced with the prospect of renovating or building a place for worship.
Catholic Library World
God's House Is Our House is a book that could be profitably used by any congregation in a liturgical tradition. God's House is where His Gifts are regularly given to His People.
Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit
There is a lot of good practical advice in this book, plenty of interesting illustrations, many important issues are raised . . .
Are you planning to build yourself a church? Whether you answer `yes' or `no' to this question, you may find God's House is Our House a very good read.
Music and Liturgy
Drawing on 35 years of hands-on experience, Vosko provides useful and inspired advice for congregations, clergy, architects, and artists, and, ultimately, anyone who wants to create places that elevate the human spirit.
Faith & Form
This is a book written from personal and professional experience. Clearly, this text presents itself as a pastoral resource and guide to considering the most important aspects of building new or renovating existing worship spaces. In many circumstances, when projects of this magnitude are considered in local parishes or cathedrals, the liturgical and aesthetic considerations are often lost to conversations about cost and efficiency. Father Vosko brings those conversations back to the realm of possibility before issues of cost are considered. He encourages his readers to be imaginative and daring to create a place for worship that embraces the ritual acts undertaken by the people of God.
In a very short 250 pages, Father Vosko has brought many 'new things out of our old storeroom', things like 'proxemics' and 'Gothic revival', things that are of great importance to pastors, architects, building committees, and bishops, too. He offers valuable and needed advice on art education for pastoral leaders and working with artists. This book gives profound and practical insights that should nurture good discussion in a parish. The resources are a gold mine.
Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, STD, SSL, Bishop of Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania
Vosko has crafted a book for the church that is eminently pastoral and practical. Engagingly written and fully illustrated with 111 photographs and church plans, God's House Is Our House is a refreshingly balanced treatment of a topic that can bring out the best and worst in Roman Catholics who are faced with the prospect of renovating or building a place for worship. This comprehensive work, underpinned by scholarship evidenced in helpful footnotes throughout, will serve a wide range of readers, from pastors and architects to local building committees and graduate students of theology and ministry. Readers will discover within its pages a welcome guide to how a community can truly re-imagine an environment for worship that is hospitable, beautiful, and faithful to the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
Catholic Library Association