Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Air I Breathe (Worship As A Way Of Life) by Louie Giglio

Louie Giglio is that cheerleader we all in our corner. He's that guy who loves to just talk Jesus. It isn't even that Jesus is the first word in the conversation. It's that every conversation goes back to Jesus. Simply put: He's in the air Louie breathes and it is so evident. Yes, this is how we are to live!! Breathing in Jesus in everything no matter how big or small. 

This is a little book with a mighty life lesson. Worship isn't just for Sunday. Worship is our life. Worship is breathing in Jesus. 

"We aren't designed to operate on a weekly worship cycle, but on a moment-by-moment connection of personal worship that's as much a part of our lives as the air we breathe. As we come together with other believers in worship, we bring that same sense of focus we've had in our daily journey. We bring that same determined devotion. Trust me, church is a lot better when our gathering are filled with people who have been pursuing God for six days before they get there. Church as a "refill" or a "tank-up" is a disaster. Corporate worship works best when we arrive with something to offer God. Sure, it is true that we are strengthened and refreshed by what happens when we worship with other believers, but leaning on Sunday as our only time of spiritual intake is a recipe for languid worship and anemic Body. Church is supposed to be a celebration of our personal journeys with God since we were last together. Imagine what would happen if each person in the congregation was seeking the face of God throughout the week. Some would encounter sorrow, others major happiness. But all would have a story to tell of God's faithfulness in good times and bad. What would happen if we came worshiping to church, filled with an awareness of His presence before we even reached the door? Well, for one, the lead worshiper's job would be a lot easier! And the intensity of our collective offering would be full-on. Can you see it? All of our personal streams of worship flowing into one surging river. One mighty anthem. A beautiful mosaic, telling an even greater story of who God is and what He's done."

This book is filled with wonderful insights on Spirit-filled worship living. Moment by moment worship. We all worship something, right? We may not think we are worshiping people, but we might be surprised to list the things that are of most value to us. Louie reminds us that, "Worship isn't something we attend, like a movie or a concert. Worship is something you enter into with all your might".

I enjoyed this book because it is a great reminder of what worship really is. It makes me think if I'm not worshiping all week and I leave it for Sunday what I am really gaining? If anything, I'm losing a great deal of blessings for the other six days of the week. I also take a way that worship has nothing to do with circumstance. No matter what kind of day I am having I can still worship. 

This is a book for any age, and for a believer at any of their faith journey. A mighty gift to the person who has not yet accepted Jesus as Savior. A great tool for Sunday school, a youth gathering, for any church group wanting to know what real worship is. 

After spending time in a Louie Giglio book I always walk away with great tools that help me in my faith journey. This is one I will keep on my shelf to go back to again and again. 

This book was a gift from WaterbrookMultnomah for sharing my review with you.

Louie Giglio is pastor of Passion City Church and the founder of the Passion movement. Since 1997, Passion has gathered college-age young people at events across the U.S. and around the world, uniting millions of students in worship, prayer, and justice. In addition to the Passion Conference gatherings, Louie and his wife, Shelley, lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords, and the Passion Global Institute. Louie is the author of The Comeback, I Am Not But I Know I Am, and Goliath Must Fall. Louie and Shelley make their home near Atlanta, Georgia. 


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