Living fully, loving completely, leading boldly – these were the hallmarks of Jesus' life on earth. Houston wants them to be the hallmarks of our lives too.
His teaching is based on Matt. 7:13-14. He writes about how to enjoy a big life, ways to overcome obstacles, what it means to go through the narrow gate of Jesus, and then the glorious future. He uses examples from his own life and stories from the Bible to illustrate his teaching. He shares the good stories and the difficult ones, like having to confront his father over sin. He has good suggestions on dealing with shame and maintaining a focus on one's vision. We learn about the expansion of their ministry by planting a church in New York City and going into Europe. There are stories about some of the songs that have come out of Hillsong Church and how Darlene Z. came to lead worship for their Shout to the Lord release.
Houston believes the best is yet to come – for each of us. Reading this book is a good encouragement to keep believing God for the future. We have been given a brand new start in Jesus, and with his Spirit living inside us, we can live wide open, the life we were meant to enjoy.
Food for thought: "We are all born with God-given potential to change the world around us.”
You can watch the book trailer and download the first chapter here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Brian Houston is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, a global family of congregations comprising more than 100,000 weekly attendees. He is also the Executive Director for Hillsong Music. He and his wife have three grown children.
FaithWords, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.