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When God Becomes Real

Narrated by: Brian Johnson
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Panic snuck up on Brian Johnson while he was out with his son, and it clung to him on his desperate drive home. Feeling almost outside of himself, his family called 911. He was spiraling into darkness. Waiting for the ambulance to arrive, unsure of what was happening, he gathered his family around him and asked them to pray for him. Then he said these pivotal words, “This is when God becomes real.” In his first book, Brian shares how the panic and anxiety of his early life - panic he’d thought he’d beaten - came back to haunt him. After experiencing debilitating anxiety attacks from the age of seven into his early adult years, Brian learned how worship ushered in the presence of God and pushed the panic away. 

Now in his mid-30s and believing himself free, Brian had a vision for worship in the church, built a successful music label with his wife, and wrote award-winning songs and albums. He was at the height of his success, and from all appearances, things were better than ever. But in the midst of that success, the ghost of his childhood anxiety returned, stronger than ever, and it pulled Brian into a downward spiral of chaos and darkness.

In the year that would follow, Brian came to experience the ultimate power of surrendering the panic and chaos to God. Whether or not you’ve struggled with panic and anxiety, you’ve found yourself in pain, asking God for relief. In When God Becomes Real, Brian shares his vulnerable story of overcoming panic and anxiety. Discover how you might find God, even in your darkest hour.

©2019 Bethel Book Publishing (P)2019 Bethel Book Publishing

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incredible

amazing job Brian, you encapsulated many feelings and thoughts i have wanted to understand for years

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  • Mary Beardsley
  • 06-02-2019

Raw and deeply moving

I would recommend this to anyone who has or is struggling with pain, anxiety and/or stress.
Also would recommend this to church leaders, worship team members, and parents.
When God Becomes Real is raw and deeply moving revealing an intense need for connection and wholeness found in the Creator. This book will empower you to take note of your heart and consider pain. And consider whether you pursue numbness or wholeness.

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  • L. Hernandez
  • 07-02-2019

Amazing Testimony

A great testimony of perseverance and staying obedient to God’s healing promises. A great look into how Bethel Music was built, the trials and tribulations that made it what it is today. I love that Brian himself recorded the audio, it makes it so much more personal to hear it firsthand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-2019

Fantastic Anointed Book

I really enjoyed listening to the book, this book touched my life and opened my eyes. This book is so beautiful and authentic and thats whats so fantastic and anointed about it.

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  • LeIda Love
  • 22-03-2019

wow! what else can I say!

this was amazing. what a rollercoaster! just wow! I finished this book in one night!

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  • Martha S.
  • 21-03-2019

Deep & touching

My first Audible book and what a treat.
The author is very vulnerable and descriptive regarding his life’s experiences and at the end of his book talked about his recovery process from fear , panic and Debilitating anxiety. Also shared how Bethel music was born and boy what a story makes me appreciate him and his wife deeply.
I am a Bethel music fan to the core and my biggest desire is to visit Bethel over a weekend to experience all they have to offer there.
Thumbs up B. Johnson 👍🏼

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  • blessedbunch
  • 23-05-2019

Real

I love how real and vulnerable Brian is in this book! Struggles are real and as a person in that position, it is nice to see he doesn’t hide behind his fame. Well done!

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  • Mrs. Darling
  • 22-05-2019

Did not expect this....!!!

I was blown away by the honesty and higher calling to a complete devotion to God.

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  • jeff lavender
  • 19-05-2019

Outstanding

Real. Profound. So thankful for this book. Surfaced things for me I need to deal with.

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  • Lawrence
  • 06-05-2019

Renewed Hope

The Brian's honesty has renewed my hope of beating similar obstacles in my life and reminded me of the goodness of God and HIs faithfulness. I know that The Lord has given me the opportunity to listen to Brian's story for a reason and that, through it, I have gained new perspective for my own journey.

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  • David M. Monihan Jr.
  • 06-05-2019

Bethel music

Besides the testimony of overcoming anxiety it provides some great insight to Bethel Music and also to Bethel Church. He barely touched on instantaneous deliverance versus the deliverance you have to walk out but that really was the theme of the book.

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  • Jules
  • 03-05-2019

A real blessing

I got a great deal out of this book. Brian’s candour and openness brings a lot of insight into many aspects of walking with God, in particular the journey through pain and suffering and about building a healthy relationship with God and with others in the body of Christ. Thank you to Brian for this faith building, walk strengthening book.

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  • IAmNotACommittee
  • 30-04-2019

honest and powerful

For anyone who has suffered from anxiety, whether severe or not, the journey told here or passage to healing, is not a self- help A to Z of conquering, it's better than that: it has on it the call of the Father to intimacy and freedom.

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  • joan whitehead
  • 29-04-2019

When God becomes real.

So often we want to experience God on a mountain top experience but this is not how the God of the universe works. He is awesome in power and might and we want Him as it were to wave a magic wand and take away the bad things, whatever they maybe. He does not work like that.
Brian, in this book, speaks with honesty, vulnerability and humility. He says it as it is, warts and all.
We all want God to become real so when I saw this title and the fact Brian was reading his own story, this came across powerfully and I could feel were he was at. Listening to this book will help many to seek and find that God is real but also when in deep despair there is a way out from all our fears, pain and hurts, that we may know peace in our heart and in our lives.
The book has given me a new hunger to want God to be real in my life. I believe He is with us but like Brian, we don’t give ourselves time to experience Him. I have also bought the book to share with others.

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  • Alina&Adrian
  • 29-03-2019

Great book!

Thanks for sharing the struggles and stress of your life . I am glad that you never gave up on you and on your life! Sometimes we take God out of the life equation but this book is an example of commitment to stick with God until He becomes real! Be blessed!

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  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • 19-02-2019

Awesome book

Loved this book it's not fake it's so real! thanks Brian Johnson! made me laugh cry and rejoices. Great read and great insight to his life! Jen sounds like an amazing wife! goodskills

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  • josiehopes
  • 16-02-2019

Pretty sure I'll be listening again very soon

Highly recommend this book to anyone with depression/anxiety or anyone supporting someone with it. Powerful stuff, I'll be listen again soon.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-02-2019

Life changer

This book is a game/life changer. It equips us with one of the most powerful weapons we have which is worship. The vulnerability and rawness shows us that not one person is alone and it will give you strength to keep fighting. Honestly speaking (typing) everyone can learn something from this book even if the fight is different, the weapons in victory are the same. You. Need. This. Book. In. Your. Life. buy the book, share the book, use the tools it will give you. Personally it taught me about surrender at a much deeper level. I celebrate with you the knowledge it will provide to help you in your testimony. 👏🏾👏🏾

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  • Sarah
  • 07-02-2019

Gentle and moving

This book was so raw and moving. Brian tells his struggles in such a gentle way that make it raw and real. Definitely worth a listen to especially if you are battling mental illness