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When God Becomes Real

Written by: Brian Johnson
Narrated by: Brian Johnson
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
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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.

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A raw and authentic accounting of a collapse

Brian Johnson was tethered to God and yet he broke. He expresses a journey of pain that resulted in restoration in spite of the pain he and his family and his community experiences with him. He kept it real and authentic. Recommended for listen for the faith and non-faith community.

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Christians need to hear this

Brian is bold and transparent in this book. Many who struggle with anxiety feel a shame that says, “I should be leaning on God for peace but apparently I am not doing a good enough job because I’m having anxiety”. And, “Anxiety is a worldly problem that christians shouldn’t experience. The church will judge me.”
However, Brian shows in this book how God brought him through an even deeper relationship with Him through the darkness.
God is good.

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Wow, what a testimony!

This book came to me at the right time, I can now see a light at the end of tunnel and a weight has lifted, thank you Brian!

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Truth is written here.

It amazed me how much Brian's experiences related to mine. The panic and fear as a child, the whisper spoken of homosexuality, and the weight of not dealing with misunderstandings and hurt.

Honestly, it revealed to me that the enemy really has no new tricks up his sleeves. He uses the same tactics in different ways to destroy God's children.

But God... He has infinite number of ways to save us.

Thank you, Brian, for sharing your personal story. It was incredibly encouraging and strengthening.

This was so gripping and well read. I never wanted to pause from it!

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Finding Freedom

What a beautiful vulnerable book. Brian describes the horrors of anxiety so well. His honestly helps to break the shame and hopelessness of fear. God is good through thick and thin. Highly recommend to anyone who struggles with anxiety and or knows those who do. “Although God didn’t bring on the panic...” thank you for mentioning this!!

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  • Mary Beardsley
  • 2019-02-06

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
  • 2019-02-07

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
  • 2019-03-24

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
  • 2019-03-22

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.
  • 2019-03-21

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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  • Megpie
  • 2019-04-19

Right on time…

This book is an incredibly vulnerable and open conversation about the struggles of anxiety and panic disorders. As I myself have dealt with extreme stress is brought on from work, marriage, and children it has helped me to see the need for a daily devotion and a slow walk with God. I am very grateful!

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  • Jenn
  • 2019-04-19

Excellent book!!

Brian Johnson has a way with words. The author is incredibly articulate in his writing and the story grips you in a very personal way. Highly recommend to everyone.

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  • Pen Name
  • 2019-04-17

Changed my way of thinking

I drink it’s one of the best books I’ve listen to in a long time. I’ve listen to it over four times in the past week just to absorb what he is saying and I also just read in the Bible with it has been awesome

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  • Deborah R. Orton
  • 2019-04-15

loved it. thank you Brian for your vulnerability. very insightful. God bless you and your family

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  • Annie
  • 2019-04-09

Powerful Truth!

Even for someone who's never dealt with anxiety, I can relate to the need to fully surrender everything to God - in every area and daily receive all the grace you need for that day. What a powerful testimony this is! It's real, it's raw, it's truth!! Everyone will benefit from the hope expressed, even if they can't identify.