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March 4, 2012

Recent Blog Posts You May Have Missed Featuring Donald Miller, Jeremy Lin, John Piper, Lecrae, Kirk Franklin, Lindsay Mccaul

Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz Movie Signs With Major Hollywood Distributor.

Hachett Book Group’s  Center Street to publish Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity.

Kirk Franklin’s Hello Fear certified Gold by RIAA For Shipments Of 500,000 Copies

PROVIDENT’S LINDSAY MCCAUL Talks About Songwriting, How She Got Her Start In Christian Music And Her New Album

JEREMY LIN Talks About His Favorite Music: I’m A Huge Lecrae And Hillsong United Fan! (VIDEO)

John Piper Interviews Lecrae At PASSION 2012 

GEOFF SURRATT Guest Post: I Felt Alone And Disconnected At Almost Every Church I Visited With My Wife

March 4, 2012

The Latest Christian News Featuring Joel Houston, Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong Live, David Platt

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March 4, 2012

RADICAL By DAVID PLATT Reaches 1 Million Copies In Print



Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (Multnomah Books), the 2010 breakout debut book by pastor David Platt, has reached a major milestone with 1 million copies in print and continues to appear on best-seller lists: 81 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List (Paperback Advice & Misc.) and 20 months on the CBA Top 50 Best-Seller List, including 17 months in the top 10.

Called the youngest mega-church pastor in history when he took the senior pastor position at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL, Platt says that we’ve allowed our cultural preferences to manipulate the gospel of Jesus Christ. Citing several examples from the Bible, Platt explains that Jesus asked his followers for nothing less than radical abandonment, telling them to leave their jobs, families and all they had. But in our American Dream culture, we say that He couldn’t possibly mean that for us. “We are afraid of what it might mean for our lives,” says Platt. “So we rationalize these passages away. We are starting to redefine Christianity. We are giving in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and begin twisting him into a version of Jesus that we are more comfortable with.”

Platt and his church committed to “The Radical Experiment,” a one-year journey in authentic discipleship, and the results are astounding: Over 100 families began the process to become foster parents in hopes of making sure every child in Birmingham has a family; 40 households committed to move to an inner-city neighborhood in Birmingham in an effort to serve and love others; the church evaluated their 2010 budget and freed up $500,000 dollars to sponsor 21 Compassion International projects in India, providing food, clean water and health care to women and children in one of the most impoverished nations in the world.

Reflecting on the success of Radical, WaterBrook Multnomah President and Publisher Steve Cobb says, “When the manuscript first came in, folks here in the office were buzzing about it. I hadn’t seen such enthusiasm for a book in quite some time, and it’s been a real pleasure to see that enthusiasm carry over to retailers and consumers. Everyone on staff has worked hard on this title because they believe that the message can change lives, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to publish such a book.”

“God is gracious, and His mercy extends far beyond what we could ever deserve or imagine. I am thankful for what He has chosen to do with Radical – for the lives of men and women who have decided that Jesus is more satisfying than every pursuit and pleasure in this world, and for the stories of how His glory is being passionately and sacrificially proclaimed to the ends of the earth,” says David Platt.

“On top of this, all of the author royalties from the book are being used to spread the gospel amidst a world of urgent spiritual and physical need. May God continue to raise up men and women who are not content to waste their lives on anything but uncompromising, unconditional abandonment to a gracious, loving Savior who invites us to take radical risk and promises us radical reward.”

A smartphone app is also available for iPhones and Androids, and contains video of David Platt speaking, podcasts from The Church at Brook Hills, excerpts, and links for more info on the book. The app is available at


March 4, 2012

LOUIE GIGLIO Releases Trailer For New AND IF OUR GOD IS FOR US Tour Talk Called Symphony, I Lift My Hands



As we reported earlier Louie Giglio is set to release a new talk DVD called “Symphony, I Lift My Hands.”  The talk was heard by thousands on the recent “And If Our God Is For Us” Tour headlined by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio.  This week sixstepsrecords released a trailer for the new talk DVD set to release on March 13, 2012, the same day as the latest Passion album is set to drop.


March 4, 2012

Hillsong Live Releases Title And Cover Of New July 2012 Album Cornerstone



Hillsong Live announced this week that the title of the twenty-first album, set to be released later this year will be Cornerstone.”  Based on Ephesians 2:20 “‘Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself’  (NLT).

The latest album was recorded last year at Allphones Arena in Sydney with Hillsong worship leaders including Reuben Morgan, Darlene Zschech, Joel Houston and Ben Fielding.

In addition to the title, Hillsong Live also released the cover art as well as a tentative track listing of 14 songs, which includes the song ‘Your Love So High‘ co-written by Reuben Morgan, Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin.

The new album releases July 2, 2012.

‘Cornerstone’ Track Listing (Not Final):
01 Endless Light
02 Running
03 Under Your Name
04 I Desire Jesus
05 Your Grace Abounds
06 Surrender
07 Your Love So High
08 Praise Him
09 My Soul Sings
10 All My Hope
11 Better Than Life
12 All Of The Praise
13 Greater Than All
14 Cornerstone

March 4, 2012


All of us here at Awaken Generation wanted to give a massive congratulations to our friend; worship leader and songwriter extraordinaire Joel Houston who tied the knot just a few days ago.  Details about the nuptials have been sparse, with the only real mention coming from a cryptic tweet by Houston himself.  So far all we know about the new Mrs Houston is that she is a Brazilian native and her name is Esther De Lima.  (Now Esther Houston we’re guessing).

We do know that the entire Hillsong United gang was in attendance.

Below are some pictures of the happy day.