People in Glass Houses: An Insider's Story of a Life In and Out of Hillsong –

The eighties were my formative years, and while other teenagers were gyrating to rock n roll, we were praying for revival We were taking communion, not cocaine We treated virginity like a wedding present, not a cold sore And why wouldn t we We were told we could be, we already were, anything we wanted to be We were armed and dangerous Armed with the power of God and dangerous in the eyes of SatanTanya Levin grew up in the church that became Hillsong the country s most ambitious, entrepreneurial and influential religious corporationPeople in Glass Houses tells how a small Assemblies of God church in a suburban school hall became a multi million dollar tax free enterprise and a powerful force in Australia and now around the worldOpening up the world of Christian fundamentalism, this is a powerful, personal and at times very funny exploration of an all singing, all swaying mega church

15 thoughts on “People in Glass Houses: An Insider's Story of a Life In and Out of Hillsong

  1. Tony Purton Tony Purton says:

    The contemporary perception of modern lifestyles.

  2. B. amponsah B. amponsah says:

    Interesting style of writing but I wouldn t recommend it.she doesn t differentiate between AoG and Hillsong and it seems her anger is with Christianity as whole rather than a particular church.It also sound like the ramblings of someone having crisis of faith rather than an expos.

  3. Graeme Mair Graeme Mair says:

    This book starts out very well but seems to then become a bitter and twisted attack on anything to do with Christianity I stopped reading at 80% as it had become too biased and scathing.

  4. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    This has to be one of the worst written books I ever read, not a fan of Hillsong but this was poorly written, don t waste your money, please.

  5. sydjazz sydjazz says:

    Well done tanya on a wonderful expose I do remember you from back then Glad you are out of the culty mind

  6. Zoe sg Zoe sg says:

    Really honest account, I believe what the author has written contrary to people within hillsong trying to discredit Tanya Levin.

  7. Virgil Virgil says:

    She didn t write this because she was bitter She wrote it because it was going to make money At times I was reading thinking What does this have to do with anything It blurred the lines between expose and autobiography.The fact is she was never truly indoctrinated with the Hillsong manifesto we see today She was, for a season, part of Hills but she covers the entire time Hillsong timeline.She makes some good points here and there But it s so messy It seems to change scene sporadically and I felt confused at times on the direction of the book.She points out what a lot of people are thinking or at lest should have been thinking For example when Brian Houston was discussing his fathers sexual misbehavior he creates a victim narrative where it was tough for him and everyone s on a journey Practically pulling out every trick in the Hillsong book to protect himself and protect the church So Levin points out how bad this looks and how everyone is just lapping it up, yet she s having an internal moral dilemma I think it portrays how a lot of people feel These questions and feelings come to the surface but the Christian pushes them back and scolds themselves for being so cold.I think at times she was hitting on the problem with the church When she s telling her story, in the long way it takes to get there, she really reveals the problem They funnel the women into the system to find a man and serve him and settle down If the church learnt to stop enforcing narratives on people they d probably still have people like Tanya around The problem is fundamentalism This adherence to the scripture, often taken out of context or ill interpreted, creates a divide between the free thinkers and questioners and the loyal sheep How bad would it be if the sheep stumbled across a reflection and found out they were actually goats I wouldn t recommend this book It was long and didn t give me much substance But if there s literally nothing else on your shelf then go ahead I personally found the couple video interviews she s done as entertaining and interesting.

  8. Ian H. Bonner Ian H. Bonner says:

    I was looking forward to some Hillsong gossip but it s really just an autobiography of a not very interesting person only tangentially related to the the church.

  9. sharonrae sharonrae says:

    This book was a great read I will never go inside Gloria Jeans again The sad thing is I don t believe the hierarchy of Hillsong actually believe in God I can understand how vulnerable people get sucked in Attending a service is like going to a rock concert Religion is not about how much money people can give I think preachers should be way humble.

  10. Mike_TV_Producer Mike_TV_Producer says:

    While I don t doubt the author s experiences and sincerity, it reads like a poorly written English 101 submission.In roughly chronological order, the author mixes emotions, random incidents, and self doubts in an unrealized attempt to convince the reader what is wrong at Hillsong.Regardless of your views of the Word of Faith movement or Hillsong in general, this is a most unsatisfactory read.

  11. Sis Sis says:

    Tanya has written what a lot of people think, but do not let theirselves question it Once you disagree with what is going on within a church you are no longer a part I believe in God, the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit But the big churches and leadership are getting richer and prosperous while the congregation in the most part struggle, but keep hanging in there hoping and believing for their harvest Most do not question if this is what the word of God actually says, they just believe what is taught I say you better do your homework and know what the word of God says and if you get that quickening in your spirit you better listen.

  12. Sam Sam says:

    Levin s investigative journalism is both fact finding and personal, as she brings readers deep into the heart evangelical subculture and the Australian born Hillsong phenomenon I was duly impressed by her additional research and discussion on American ministries, including Oral Roberts and TBN You can t fully understand Hillsong, the global empire, without also taking a closer look at the inner circles of super size evangelism Levin does just this She paints a complex picture of a multi million dollar conglomerate that continues its meteoric rise to fame and global expansion.Her work also draws attention to the larger evangelical and Assemblies of God subculture, affiliated ministries, government kickbacks and past corruption nowhere else have I seen this chronicled so thoroughly While Levin s book is work, as referenced when attending a women s conference for research, her journey is also intensely personal Hills now Hillsong was her home church, which she attended when it was a mere smattering of attendees in the suburbs By intertwining external journalism with a deeply personal journey, she writes with a uniquely vested voice Several of Hillsong s pastors were also her friends, and while her book never takes a resentful tone, it does record Hillsong s increasingly defensive posturing In one instance, she was forcibly removed from a conference with no warning or explanation Regardless of faith background, Levin does an excellent job in providing readers with context those from other belief systems should have no trouble keeping up Glass Houses invites those from all faith persuasions to unpack a global phenomenon Mega size ministries, and the celeb icons who run them, are far from transparent with their thousands if not millions of followers Glass Houses rubs away a bit of the Hillsong and evangelical subculture opaqueness For anyone with an interest in ministerial tax breaks spending, evangelical subculture or Hillsong s cultic fame, this book provides a much needed window cleaning.

  13. Dorothy Mitchell Dorothy Mitchell says:

    A great expose on how people can be conned by the Non biblical teachings and actions of the profiteers.

  14. WSM WSM says:

    This is an interesting read Much of her experience I can relate to as the child of fundamental Christians not at Hillsong The prosperity religion spouted by these groups is morally bankrupt The fake empathy love is shallow When my parents changed church from one fundamentalist to another fundamentalist chuch they never had contact with those friends from the first church again it was like they had moved to the other side of the world.It takes time to overcome the indoctrination and it doesn t prepare you for the real world I m pleased she wrote this as the conversion from christian to atheist non believer is an interesting process not usually spoken about.afterall people don t stand up and give their testimony at a pub work like they are expected to do at Church

  15. Customer Customer says:

    Great trade quickly received and a good read