The Air I Breathe

    -- by Louie Giglio, Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2003. 122 pages.

“The timeline of mankind is littered with trillions of little idols. Every culture, every corner of earth, every age has had its gods. Just circle the globe and watch for worship.” Worship is everywhere, and this potent book tells us that worship matters more than anything.

We are born “prewired to praise,” each of us is created with a searching soul. What is our purpose? “That they [all people] would seek God, that they might grope for Him and find Him though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist.”

How can we recognize worship? Here is Giglio’s succinct definition: “Worship is our response to what we value most…. As a result, worship fuels our actions, becoming the driving force of all we do.”

Giglio is familiar to many as the founder of the Passion Conferences, and this book is indeed full of passionate, powerful thoughts: “How do you know where and what you worship? It’s easy. You simply follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money and your allegiance. At the end of that trail you’ll find a throne; and whatever, or whomever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship.”

His words ring out like a great bell sending aural shockwaves through the air: “Don’t waste your worship on some little god, squandering your birthright on idols made only with human imagination! Guard your worship… and carefully evaluate all potential takers.”

The author writes with the conviction of Keith Green: “Do you know what God desires most from you? It’s the one thing no other person on earth can give Him – your affection. Although a thousand other people can do the work, give the bucks, fill the gap … no one else can give God the unique affection that only you and He can share.”

Giglio later expands his definition to this:

Worship is… our response, both personal and corporate, to God – for who He is! and what He has done! expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live…. True worship is a whole-life response to God’s greatness and glory.

Worship “begins at the cross of Christ,” and he illustrates this point through the story of the Roman soldier who literally did just that.

Worship is what we say, sing and do—it can all be done in the spirit of sacrifice: “Through Christ let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15).

Giglio speaks winningly of “worship as a way of life,” telling his own story of being a professional ‘photocopy boy’ and how he worshiped God through tedious, countless days of making copies.

This is a challenging book, because worship is always a sacrifice, but it is also an inspiring book, reminding us of our highest calling and that it is worth the cost. It includes a good set of questions for group discussions.

    --reviewed by Paul Neeley

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