Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Greater by Steven Furtick

This book is for people who are wasting their lives and may not even know it.

When I began reading this book I thought, "Oh great, another Christian author trying to pass off motivational speeches as Christ-like." As I got further into the readings, I came to appreciate what Furtick wanted to say.

By using the life and stories of Elisha, we see what it means by living a greater life. In the end, this felt like reading 12 sermons by Pastor Furtick. But that isn't so bad. The stories are fun to relive and some of his personal anecdotes are entertaining.

This book is divided into twelve chapters. Each one builds on the previous chapter and on the stories of Elisha found in 2 Kings. Just when you think he's going to drop into the "In-it-to-win-it" cheap pep talk, Furtick takes a turn and delivers quite the pastoral advice.

Furtick convinced seven families to sell their houses, quit their jobs, and move to North Carolina with him to start a church. In six years the church has grown from eight families to more than ten thousand people.

This is how the book begins and right away I was skeptical. I loathe Christian authors that claim how they took such grand risks and now look at them now! "And if you do exactly what I say in this book, you too can be this successful!!" Thank God Steven Furtick does not come close to saying this in his book.

This was a fun book to read as well as a fresh relook at Elisha.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.

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