Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book Review: Listen to a Higher Power

Multnomah Books provided a complimentary copy of Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others by Steven Furtick in exchange for an honest review.
     Even when we know who we are in Christ it can be difficult to hear His voice, when the din of the chatter is so loud. Instead of holding confidence in God we begin to give power to lies of condemnation, insecurity, fear and discouragement allowing them to stifle us and not live fully to our calling. Author and pastor Steven Furtick wants to help you beat down the lies and listen to the voice of God, the only voice that matters in Crash the Chatterbox.
     He breaks down the book into four sections covering the aforementioned lies. Subsequently, Furtick brings an affirmation of truth to squelch that lie. For example, God says I am, is affirmed to combat the lie of insecurity. Even when we feel we can't do something, we still can stand firm knowing God can. Furtick includes personal anecdotes, biblical narrative and God's Word. When we tell ourselves lies, they become our life, what we live out. However, when we fill ourselves with God's Word we will live out the truth.
     Furtick writes with such conversational ease that once in a while I could imagine myself hearing him speak, as if he were before me. His suggestions are useful and rather counterintuitive at first glance. He acknowledges that explaining with clarity what it is he means and how you can use his ideas in a practical manner. I found the chapters short and delightful, given some of the work that you may want to do on yourself may be anything but easy and full of delight. One thing is certain, Furtick gives you tools to get started and reaffirm what we know to be true.
      Furtick never waivers from his faith, even when he has wavered from his will. Let's face it, we all hear chatter we know not to be true, yet we often live according to lies. He is blatantly honest with his shortcomings, owns up to them and has overcome them. The good news is that we do have the power to overcome the struggles day by day. The bad news is every day will bring with it a battle of chatter. However, it is an ongoing battle that doesn't necessarily have to be a struggle. Crash the Chatterbox brings hope and encourages all believers wherever they be on their jouney, to continue their march forward and to listen only to the Word that matters, the only words of significance. Begin
Crashing the Chatterbox and know: God says I am. God says He will. God says He has. God says I can.

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Steven Furtick
Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church.

In just under seven years, Elevation Church has grown to more than 10,000 people in weekly attendance, meeting at seven locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Elevation has been named one of the fastest growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine for each of the past six years.

Pastor Steven has been privileged to minister to a global audience, speaking at conferences and churches around the world, including Catalyst Conference, Hillsong Conference, and the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Greater, and the nationally acclaimed Sun Stand Still.

Pastor Steven holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He and his wife Holly live in the Charlotte area with their two sons, Elijah and Graham, and daughter, Abbey


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