Thursday, October 25, 2012

Greater by Steven Furtick


Have you felt like you were meant for something more but have settled for less?
Furtick wants you to experience the fullness of life in Christ. He believes God wants to accomplish greater things through you.
Furtick doesn't write about doing “great” things. Rather, he shows the way to a place he calls “greater.” Here, God is ready to accomplish that which is entirely out of human reach.
Elisha is used as an example of one obedient to God, leading to the path to “greater.” Furtick shows that you must be willing to think big but start small. He writes, “Your greatest limitation is God's greatest opportunity.”
But Furtick is also realistic. “The journey toward greater things is marked with setbacks and real suffering.” He shares his own experiences, admitting that it is much easier to write about than to live out.
He tries to explain suffering and talks about a heavenly trust fund. God didn't answer your prayers here but maybe He will there. He shares a number of heartwarming stories illustrating his ideas.
Furtick writes, “I can't tell you where the greater life will ultimately take you, but I can tell you where it starts. It starts where you are. You have everything you need to do all that God is calling you to do right now.”

This is one more book in the style of “do great things for God.” What makes this one a little different is Furtick sharing his own experiences of failure and suffering. He also makes a serious attempt at explaining why the path to “greater” is littered with setbacks. Furtick's book is probably the most realistic one I've read encouraging Christians to following the path they believe God has set before them. Furtick's book is not “believe” and God will do magnificent things through you. He is very realistic in this book and that should be an encouragement to anyone wanting to do what God has called them to do.

Steven Furtick is founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, which in oly six years has grown to more than ten thousand in regular attendance. He and his wife have three children and live near Charlotte, North Carolina. Find out more about him and listen to his sermons at: http://www.stevenfurtick.com/

You can find out more about the book at: http://greaterbook.com/

WaterBrookMultnomah Books (a division of Random House), 224 pages.
Go to the publisher's product page to see a video and find more information about the book.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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