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Israel Houghton challenges you to deeply explore and live your spirituality - today! Worship leader of Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church and Grammy Award-winning artist, Houghton quickly describes how fame and fortune are NOT the answer to a successful, vibrantly alive ministry. Indeed, that path begins IS a consecration of one's life, which means that the sacred penetrate every facet of one's mental, emotional, and physical experience. This is not a book for dabblers or observers!
Houghton and the New Breed Band ministry set aside a forty-day time period in which each person would conduct a media fast, healthier lifestyle and deeper prayer. The latter would mean more listening and perceiving rather than talking about one's desires or needs.
The results have been outstanding for each member and the band as a sacred body. Naturally the gap was filled with awareness of relationships needing forgiveness, an invitation to commune with God both with and without the Bible, a relinquishment of self-directed or useless busyness, a clarity about what foods or activities are actually essential to life, a union with God in place of ego-driven performance, an emphasis on spiritual character rather than visible talent, seeing the blessings in whatever comes one's way, and so much more. Each band member comments on what he or she has experienced and song lyrics written during this time are included, as well as a companion study guide for the reader's journey in experiencing a similar blessing that is only the beginning of worshipping at a deeper level.
World visions and dreams begin at home and then grow large, in that order! A Deeper Level is MUST READING for every Christian or spiritual being serious about the anointing that is one's divine birthright!
This is a must have book to live and share, in that order! One of the best spiritual books this reviewer has read in a very long while!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 26, 2007