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The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life - Book Review

  • Whitney Hopler Live It Editor
  • 2003 11 Jun
The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life - Book Review

Author:     Louie Giglio
Publisher: Multnomah Publishers

It may come as quite a surprise for people who don’t fancy themselves religious to realize that they worship just as much as Christians, but indeed, they do.  As author Louie Giglio so wisely puts points out in "The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life," everyone worships something or someone, because God has designed us all with the drive to worship.  And, he says, people have only to study how they spend their time, energy, affection, and money to discover the current object of their worship.  Thinking about worship in light of the book’s simplest definition -- “our response to what we value most” -- is both eye-opening and thought-provoking.

"The Air I Breathe" goes on to urge readers to devote their worship to God (the only One who’s worthy of it) and to make worship a way of life rather than just something they do in church.  Giglio’s beautiful writing -- which is full of simple, yet profound statements and fresh energy -- successfully motivates readers to ponder his points.  But as persuasive as his narrative is, it lacks sufficient examples to illustrate its principles.  The few real-life stories that Giglio does relate fit in well, but unfortunately, the book’s anecdotal examples are few and far between.  Sure, the narrative is vibrant, but there’s nothing like good stories to truly make text come alive.

This is a short book, but one that’s packed with valuable insights, making it ideal for people to use during their devotional times.  It also features a thoughtful discussion guide in the back that should help readers dig deeper into the book’s material.

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