Monday, September 5, 2016

Live, Love, Lead by Brian Houston

24397007My Thoughts:
In Live Love Lead, Brian Houston has written a book that captures the hearts of readers from all different paths telling letting them know their past doesn't define their future. Starting out from something very small, Hillsong has grown into one the largest churches in the world, and it started with Brian, his wife, Bobbie trusting the Lord one day at a time, while faithfully serving where they were planted. 

Brian relyed on the Lord, especially when knew that God had a high calling on his life, but public speaking was very difficult for him. Often, he would blink several times and just needed God's strength to help him through his weakness.  I love how he also talks about several songs came to fruition, including Oceans, which is one of my favorites. If you haven't heard of the story of Taya, I highly recommend you reading it. 
I enjoyed Chapter Eleven when Brian was transparent and honest about "What's a Name?" He can account for his name, but the name Hillsong will never save someone. He takes accountability, authority and credibility for his last name Houston, but his name will never save someone. Only the power and saving the name of Jesus. This part of the Chapter spoke volumes to me. It was just a powerful chapter for me.

Brian is real and authentic to me. He is honest and tells stories of struggle with preaching, he isn't afraid to tell people what he went through, but ultimately, God continued to use him and move him to the place he was called. 

This book was powerful, impactful and life changing, especially for anyone who is ready to pursue their God-given dream for their life. This is my first read by Brian Houston, and I was very surprised by his transparency, authenticity, and the story behind Hillsong. 

Thank you to the Hachette Book Group for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes only. I give this book a 5/5 stars. I highly recommend this book. 

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BRIAN HOUSTON is the pastor of Hillsong Church Australia. He hosts one of the fastest growing daily international broadcasts in the world. He is also the Executive Director for Hillsong Music, one of the world's largest producers of Christian music. He and his wife Bobbie have three grown children and live in Sydney, Australia.
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