CCM Magazine EXCLUSIVE!!!
Phil Joel Gives our Audience a Special Shout Out!
Newsboys United bassist and Zealand frontman Phil Joel recently released his new book, Redwoods and Whales: Becoming Who You Actually Are, which he describes as a collection of epiphanies of God’s greatness and transforming power told through personal stories and truths learned from his life and musical journey. Phil took a few minutes to record and send this special message exclusively to CCMmagazine.com readers!
“I never intended to write a book at all. It wasn’t some kind of bucket list thing, I simply had an experience in northern California that I felt prompted to write down and then somehow it kept going and growing from there,” Joel says of the inspiration behind Redwoods and Whales. “Slowly, after I’d connected a bunch of dots, it began to shape into something that I felt might be helpful for anyone feeling stranded and a little disoriented in life. I hope the book will inspire people to pursue a life with God in the center.”
Addressing such timely topics as depression, addiction and suicide, Joel encourages readers that breakthrough is possible when we align our hearts and minds with God’s Truth. Believing He is bigger than we imagine and life with Him is more exciting than what we’ve settled for, in Christ we can take hold of the abundant lives we were born to live.
“People are looking for fresh direction, wanting to find their true selves and their true place here on earth, but the reality is that this book isn’t going to do that, only God can,” Joel adds. “And God can only do that if we are willing to work with Him and make a move. It’s all about cooperation; it’s about taking a step forward, and in that forward motion God swoops in and paves the way for the next step, and the next step and the next. That’s what this book is, it’s a stepping stone for your foot to land on.”
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