I figure the best way for me to review a book by an author that I'm rooting for is to try & judge the book by this simple question: does he accomplish what he set out to do? The short answer, at least for me, is "Yes." The book is based on the passage in Joshua 10 where God causes the sun to stand still in order that the Israelites can complete the victory that He has promised them. We can all debate the possibility of miracles some other time. (Furtick doesn't even bother here in the book - he simply makes the same assumption that I do: we're dealing with the same God who resurrected Jesus from the grave... if He can intervene there, He can easily do so here.) From there, the author takes us along on his personal journey as the pastor/church planter of Elevation Church... and shares multiple stories of people whose lives have been changed by audacious faith. One of the things I really liked about the book is Steven Furtick's willingness to rewind a bit & make sure that the reader is understanding the terms/words as he is using them... and even to deal with some faith issues that often get ignored in this type of book. What do I mean by "this type of book?" Well, due to my past experience with Christian publishers, lots of books on faith are simply "rah-rah, believe more & get more, name it & claim it" (and so on) and gloss over areas of difficulty that Furtick plunges into head first:
This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I'm not writing to calm or coddle you.
With God's help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers & turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity & fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God's truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. In short, I'm out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose & potential.
- how can I have a big vision when I'm just an "ordinary" follower of Jesus (aka "not a pastor")?
- is this simply a "baptized" way to perform prayer rituals to get God to do your bidding
- what happens when God doesn't answer your audacious & faithful prayers?