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firstname.lastname@example.org Brian Houston, Founder and Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, Offers Insight on How to Live Out a Purposeful Life Expand Your Heart and Purpose in a Way That is Bigger and More_Effective Than You Can Imagine “There couldn’t be a more timely or needed book. In these confusing days, we need to be stretched where our thinking is limited, expanded where our dreams are small, and reminded that our God is not a God of confusion. In Brian Houston’s There Is More, we are encouraged to hold tight to that truth, believing that His peace, power, and light abound in even the darkest of times and that through us He can and will do immeasurably more than we can ever imagine.” —Roma Downey, actor, producer, and president of LightWorkers Media
As a young man, Brian Houston dreamed of preaching the good news of the Bible and possibly building a great church one day. In 1983 in Sydney, Australia, when Houston started Hillsong Church with less than 100 people gathering in a small school auditorium, he had no idea God would exceed his own expectations and dreams. Now, 35 years later, his international network of churches expands into 20 countries across six continents with 50 million people singing Hillsong Worship songs in churches around the world each Sunday; including seven U.S. Hillsong locations, from New York to Los Angeles, with approximately 20,000 attendees each week.
In There is More: When the World Says You Can’t – God Says You Can
(March 20, 2018, WaterBrook), Houston encourages readers that the “more” they are looking for comes not from more stuff, more money, or more self-fulfillment. It can only come through discovering more of God and His plan and purpose for their lives.
Houston offers insight to readers on how to live out the purposeful dreams God has for them. “God sees more in you than you could ever see in yourself,” says Houston. “No matter what triumphs you’ve celebrated or failures you’ve lived, He has more grace and favor waiting in your future. He hears your heart’s cry for more. He wants to expand your purpose beyond anything you could imagine, starting with the choices you make today. When someone surrenders control and follows God’s guidance, they become empowered and equipped to do the impossible, reach higher, and go further than they could have ever imagined—giving God all the glory.” There is More
is based on the scripture from Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Through this passage, Houston has learned to trust God with the desires of his heart and wants to encourage and empower readers to do the same.
Readers will be encouraged to:
· Think big:
God thinks big and so should we. So much of the messaging in the world around us tells us to stop, to not get out of line, to not rise above. You are meant to live a life of greatness and uniqueness.
· Break through barriers:
How to take every limitation in your life, either by yourself or by others and break through the barriers and overcome the odds!
· Keep dreaming:
Being a dreamer isn’t a thing of the past. It is an ongoing part of life. Surround yourself with other dreamers that encourage you, keep you on course.
· Stop comparing:
Comparison is a thief of joy. Don’t do it. Everyone has different callings and talents.
· Don’t give up:
For every hurdle, there is a way over, around, or through! Don’t give up before you’ve reached your goal or dream. When you achieve great things, they not only better your own life, but also the world around you! Perseverance makes this world a better place for all of us.
Houston is also Executive Producer of Hillsong Worship that just received their first Grammy Award for Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song of the Year, and together they will be on a 13-city “There is More Tour” in April promoting the book. https://www.premierproductions.com/tour/there-more-tour-featuring-hillsong-worship-pastor-brian-houston
Hillsong’s U.S. congregations are located in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Boston, and Dallas and have approximately 20,000 in attendance per weekend. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brian Houston is an international best-selling author and the global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, a family of congregations comprising more than 100,000 weekly attendees. Considered by many to be a leading voice in the shaping of contemporary leadership values and church culture, Houston is highly regarded for his bold innovation and passion for the local church. Houston’s infectious love for people and his empowering brand of leadership reaches millions of people weekly through his program, Brian Houston TV,
and draws tens of thousands annually to Hillsong Conferences in Sydney, London, and the U.S. He is also the president of the recently launched Hillsong Channel, president of Hillsong College, and the executive producer of countless gold and platinum albums that have come from the Hillsong worship team. Houston and his wife, Bobbie, have three grown children and live in Sydney, Australia, and Orange County, California
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