Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Sun Stand Still" by Stephen Furtick

Snack of Choice:
Cheerios. Unfortunately, not the Honey-nut kind. Cause the kids aren't supposed to have honey yet, blah blah blah.  Eat them one at a time, they last longer... I mean much longer.

Story behind the Story:
Waterbrook Multnomah
provided this book to me for review through the Blogging for Books program.

Story Line:
The tag line for “Sun Stands Still” reads, “What happens when you dare to ask God for the impossible?” It's based on Joshua's prayer to God found in Joshua 10 during the midst of battle. As the sun was going down the battle was not over and daylight was needed for victory to be complete. Joshua's “Audacious Faith” moved in heart of God and an amazing thing happened – the Sun Stood Still.

Written by Pastor Steven Furtick of mega-church Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, the author inserts some of his own journey and the founding of Elevation. He also brings in stories of those who saw God's hand move in a mighty way because of their “audacious faith” – key words throughout the book.

The Real Story:
When I say, I've been there, done that, bought the t-shirt – It's true (except for the t-shirt, that was FREE). I was first introduced to Pastor Furtick through the first Elephant Room hosted by James MacDonald. Then experienced Elevation while visiting family in Charlotte. Oh, and he sent me a birthday card. Let's just get this out in the open – Mega-church pastors are easy targets for theological debate. Pick out their “faults” is child's play. Don't believe everything you hear.  This is true -- I believe without a doubt that God is using this ministry to reach many who are far from God. Let's rejoice over that!

As for the book, sometimes it feels like you're in the middle of a conversation. Pastor Furtick's preaching vocabulary is one of a kind, and he writes like he preaches. In my opinion, better to be heard than to be read. It's not all just fun and games “Pray, believe, and watch God move” - it's not as clean as all that and this book weighs that out. As he says, “This book is not a Snuggie.”

Check out:
The Book of Joshua: unbelievable stories of God's mighty hand.

out of 5 setting suns reversed.

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