Wednesday, March 30, 2016

(Un)Qualified by Steven Furtick

Right off the bat, let me share my biggest gripe about this book:

It's promoted as delving into the story of Jacob to explain how God uses broken people to do big things. This book is broken into three parts. The "delving into the story of Jacob" part comes in the last third.

I'm just saying, it'd be better not to promote the book as something that only one-third of the entire book touches.

With that out of the way, this book is good. Not quite as good as Furtick's earlier book, Greater but it's good nonetheless.

Inside, Furtick covers an area that has been a big draw for me recently - remembering who you are in light of what God says you are. It is very similar to Ted Dekker's latest push in focusing on the words of God upon one's life.

Part One deals with what you believe about yourself. Taking God's description of His Name to Moses; I AM, Furtick poses the question, "what is your third word?" When you introduce yourself what is your third word? I am _________. We fill in so many unflattering things like useless, stressed, tired, etc...

He also explores a new/ancient idea of the commandment to "not take the Lord's name in vain". Maybe it doesn't mean to say "God" when we're angry or frustration as much as it means living our lives in a way that does not reveal God in any possible way.

I really liked that part of the book.

Part Two deals with true opposites of what we believe about ourselves. Instead of believing we're afraid, believe we love.

I think I sped read this portion of the book.

Part Three finally takes on Jacob and his namesake and how that reveals his character.

I enjoyed reading this book. I think Furtick does a good job with storytelling and easily getting his point across.

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

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