As of this moment I have 71 Post-It tabs sticking out of the side of this book. Those tabs are my way of tagging what I call GoldenNuggets of information that give me pause, cause me to ponder, give me a lightbulb, or force a loud "Oh Em Gee YOU TOO?!" to slide out of my face.
Humorous one-liners to be sure, Steven Furtick is a master craftsman of the GoldenNugget. This book is Furtick's way of giving you the support, knowledge, and momentum you need to learn how to silence negative Enemy chatter, which he refers to as the Chatterbox, and draw in to God to hear His voice above all others.
My brain is my greatest asset and my greatest challenge. I have often battled with discernment as to who's voice I'm hearing, if I'm understanding correctly, and how to correctly identify the lies from the truth of who God says I am. This book is not a "read this and be cured", but it is definitely a useful weapon in the fight.
What I appreciate most about this book perhaps is Furtick's posture as a brother in Christ, fighting it out with the Chatterbox just like the rest of us.
"I'm learning how to overpower the shouts of the Enemy by bending my ear to the whisper of God's supernatural truths about my identity in Him and His strength in me."
Furtick's writing offers no delusion that this is somehow a skill we can learn one time and never encounter again. Explaining it as a lifetime battle that gets tougher as we climb higher, Furtick offers strategies for pushing through as we move through the levels of our faith.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to post a positive review.
I love to read books and have an ever increasing library that I couldn't wait to add this book into. Pastor Steven Furtick has written a few books now and this is definitely one I would recommend to anyone.
I believe every follower of Christ wants to believe God's truth and live God's truth but sometimes we have a hard time hearing God's truth. Every one of us has this voice inside our heads that like to talk us out of things and also make us doubt the truth of God's Word to us. Pastor Furtick gets really personal and transparent with his own struggles with the chatterbox in his life.
One thing that he talked about in here is "you either kick fear out of your heart or it will keep you out of the places God has prepared for you." WOW!!! Fear is something that we all deal with in life. This book has really challenged me to kick fear out and let God begin to speak the truths of His Word into my life so that I can get to those places he prepared for me.
This isn't my favorite of Furtick's books, but I do like it. I enjoy his style of writing because I find it easy to relate to many of the stories. He creates a visual that comes alive, and often triggers my own memories of similar situations. "Chatterbox" is a perfect description of that voice of negativity that seeks to block out all other voices...or amplifies the negative, both real and perceived, that you hear from others you encounter. A simple comment morphs into a criticism; at least that is what the 'chatterbox' wants you to believe. Pastor Steven says that the four key areas that can be so debilitation are Insecurity, Fear, Discouragement, and Condemnation. That voice has the power to make you lose the confidence to do what you were made to do, and more importantly, to prevent you from listening to the promises of God.
The book is divided into 4 sections: God Says I Am, God Says He Will, God Says He Has, and God Says I Can. In each, Furtick uses both personal anecdotes, passages from the Bible, and his insights. There is no simple solution to how to crash the chatterbox, but I would distrust him if he said there is. This is more of a reminder that we will struggle, sometimes the battle will be tougher than others, but that we can ignore the shouts of the deceiver and learn to listen to the quiet, soothing whispers of God. He promises to be with us in all things no matter how discouraged or afraid we may feel. God allows us to be part of His plan, but it is not as dependent upon us as we sometimes think. The book ends with a series of discussion questions that can be used for your personal study or as part of a small group.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.