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By Louie Giglio
Published by Multnomah on 2018-01-19
Let Every Breath You Take Be an Act of Worship
Worship is more than singing on Sunday morning. While that’s part of it, worship is the essence of what makes us truly human. God sparked this desire within our hearts from the day He first breathed life into Adam and Eve. Since then, every single human who has walked this planet has participated in this God-given ability, and divine quest. While many have squandered their gift, there are those who find the wonder-filled life of communion with God no matter the time or place.
True freedom comes when worship flows through us as naturally as the air we breathe, when the words and actions in our lives resonate with our Creator so deeply that every inhalation is full of meaning. When we understand the holiness of the God who knows the stars by name—and His overwhelming love for each one of us—how can we offer anything less?
In The Air I Breathe, Louie Giglio explains in passionate prose what it means to truly live a life of worship, offering insight and guidance for finding our personal path towards connecting with the God of the Universe.
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'At last, Louie Giglio has put into print the message God birthed in him years ago'a message that has shaped a generation of students, a message that has sent shock waves through the church, a message that has the potential to profoundly impact your worship.' A NDY S TANLEY, SENIOR PASTOR , N ORTH P OINT M INISTRIES AND AUTHOR OF N EXT G ENERATION L EADER 'I'm not a worship guy'er, so I thought, but Louie's book nailed me. After reading his book I finally 'get? worship. Louie helped me realize that worship is an all-the-time thing, a life thing. I was encouraged by this book. Mostly I was moved by Louie's obvious passion for God and his gift for making worship make sense.' M ICHAEL YACONELLI , OWNER , YOUTH S PECIALTIES 'Some of the most inspiring teaching on worship I've ever heard has come from the mouth of Louie Giglio. Having read The Air I Breathe I can now say the same of Louie's gift to communicate through the written word.This book has inspired me as a worshiper, and as a worship leader.' M ATT R EDMAN , AUTHOR OF T HE U NQUENCHABLE W ORSHIPPER AND T HE H EART OF W ORSHIP
'Don't read The Air I Breathe unless you want to reexamine your life to see whom or what you are truly worshiping on a daily basis. Louie spells it out in plain language: Learning the real meaning of worship is the most essential element in the spiritual journey of the Christian. In the end, our worship is more about what we do than what we say.' B ILLY R AY H EARN , FOUNDER , S PARROW R ECORDS 'Louie Giglio explores what God desires most in our worship with clarity and insight. Upon reading The Air I Breathe, you'll be both challenged and liberated to discover that true worship inescapably involves who you are'all the time.' D R . C HARLES F. S TANLEY, SENIOR PASTOR , F IRST B APTIST C HURCH , ATLANTA , G EORGIA 'Louie Giglio communicates Christian truth in a wonderfully accessible and relevant way. The Air I Breathe is packed full of gems that inspire and encourage. He says everything I would want to say about worship'only he says it much, much better. This is a prophetic and timely book.' M IKE P ILIVACHI , PASTOR , S OUL S URVIVOR C HURCH , WATFORD, U NITED K INGDOM 'This book is a challenging reminder that our worship is for God and not for ourselves.' B ILL H EARN , PRESIDENT AND CEO, EMI C HRISTIAN M USIC G ROUP
THE AIR I BREATHE All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version', NIV'. Copyright ? 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica Inc.' Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Scripture quotations marked (NASB) are taken from the New American Standard Bible'. ? Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977. Used by permission. (www.Lockman.org). Scripture quotations marked (MSG) are taken from The Message. Copyright ? by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers Inc. Scripture quotations marked (KJV) are taken from the King James Version. Trade Paperback ISBN 978-0-7352-9071-6 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60142-999-5 eBook ISBN 978-0-30756-254-8 Copyright ? 2003 by Louie Giglio Excerpt from I Am Not but I Know I AM, copyright ? 2005, 2012 by Louie Giglio. Cover design by Kristopher K. Orr All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Published in the United States by Multnomah, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. MULTNOMAH? and its mountain colophon are registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Giglio, Louie, author. Title: The air I breathe : worship as a way of life / Louie Giglio. Description: Reprint Edition. | Colorado Springs : Multnomah, 2017. | Originally published: Sisters, Or. : Multnomah Publishers, c2003. Identifiers: LCCN 2017040418| ISBN 9780735290716 (pbk.) | ISBN 9780307562548 (electronic) Subjects: LCSH: Worship. Classification: LCC BV10.3 .G54 2017 | DDC 248.3'dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017040418 Printed in the United States of America 2017'First Trade Paperback Edition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 SPECIAL SALES Most Multnomah books are available at special quantity discounts when purchased in bulk by corporations, organizations, and special-interest groups. Custom imprinting or excerpting can also be done to fit special needs. For information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-603-7051.
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Contents CHAPTER ONE That Thing We Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 CHAPTER TWO Something More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 CHAPTER THREE Why Worship Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 CHAPTER FOUR What God Wants Most for You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 CHAPTER FIVE Joining the Ranks of True Worshipers . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 CHAPTER SIX For Who He Is, for What He Does . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 CHAPTER SEVEN Worship as a Way of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
the air i breathe vii CHAPTER EIGHT Through Jesus, All the Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 CHAPTER NINE Lips and Lives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 CHAPTER TEN A Personal Path to Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 CHAPTER ELEVEN Moving Beyond Me, to Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 My Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Questions for Group Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Quotation Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Excerpt from I Am Not but I Know I AM . . . . . . . . . 133
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that thing We Do You, my friend'are a worshiper! There, I said it. Every day, all day long, everywhere you go, you worship. It's what you do. It's who you are. So if by chance you have only a few seconds to check out this book, that's what it's all about.We all are worshipers, created to bring pleasure and glory to the God who made us. I don't know whether or not you consider yourself a 'worshiping? kind of person, but you cannot help but worship'something. It's what you were made to do. Should you for some reason choose not to give God what He desires, you'll still worship something'exchanging the Creator for something He has created. 1
WHATEVER'S WORTH MOST Think of it this way:Worship is simply about value.The simplest definition I can give is this:Worship is our response to what we value most. That's why worship is that thing we all do. It's what we're all about on any given day. Because worship is about saying, 'This person, this thing, this experience (this whatever) is what matters most to me'it's the thing I put first in my life.' That 'thing? might be a relationship. A dream. Friends. Status. Stuff.A name. Some kind of pleasure.Whatever name you put on it, this thing or person is what you've concluded in your heart is worth most to you. And whatever is worth most to you is'you guessed it'what you worship. Worship tells us what we value most. As a result, worship determines our actions,becoming the driving force for all we do. And we're not just talking about the religious crowd. Christians.The churchgoer among us.We're talking about everybody on planet earth'a multitude of souls proclaiming with every breath what is worthy of their affection,their attention,their allegiance. Proclaiming with every step what it is they worship. Some of us attend the church on the corner, professing to worship the Living God above all. Others who rarely step louie giglio
inside the church doors would say worship isn't a part of their lives because they aren't 'religious.' But everybody has an altar. And every altar has a throne. So 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 loyalty. 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. Sure, not too many of us walk around saying,'I worship my stuff. I worship my Xbox. I worship my job. I worship this pleasure. I worship her. I worship my body. I worship me!' But the trail never lies. We may say we value this thing or that thing more than any other, but the volume of our actions speaks louder than our words. In the end, our worship is more about what we do than what we say. EVERYWHERE'WORSHIP Worship is the activity of the human soul. So not only do all people worship,but they worship all the time.Worship isn't just a Sunday thing. It's an all-the-time thing. the air i breathe 3
louie giglio Right now, all around you, people of all shapes and sizes, people of every age and purpose are worshiping'continually making decisions based on what they value most. Worship happens everywhere'all day long. In fact, some of the purest forms of worship are found outside the walls of the church and have no reference to the God of all creation. All you have to do is drop in on a concert at the local arena or go to a sporting event at a nearby stadium to see amazing worship. People are going for it, lifting their hands, shouting like crazy, staking their claim, standing in awe, declaring their allegiance. Interestingly, these venues are filled with the same forms of worship mentioned in the pages of God's Word'the same expressions of worship that God desires and deserves. A while back, watching an interview Oprah was doing with Michael Jackson in the prime of his career, I was stunned with the reality of this truth.What I witnessed as she showed a video clip of people responding to him in concert settings around the world absolutely floored me.Talk about amazing worship! In multiple cultures, mobs of people numbering into the Worship is the activity of the human soul.