We did the Greater book for our woman's study. None of us had heard of the author. I loved the way he explains everything, so easy to read and understand. A lot of good info. to chew on. The contrasts he has with the story of Elisha the prophet are neat and thought provoking. I recommend reading Greater and hope you can take the info to heart and start living a greater life He has planned for you.
Have you felt like you were meant for something more but have settled for less?
Furtick wants you to experience the fullness of life in Christ. He believes God wants to accomplish greater things through you.
Furtick doesn't write about doing "great" things. Rather, he shows the way to a place he calls "greater." Here, God is ready to accomplish that which is entirely out of human reach.
Elisha is used as an example of one obedient to God, leading to the path to "greater." Furtick shows that you must be willing to think big but start small. He writes, "Your greatest limitation is God's greatest opportunity."
But Furtick is also realistic. "The journey toward greater things is marked with setbacks and real suffering." He shares his own experiences, admitting that it is much easier to write about than to live out.
He tries to explain suffering and talks about a heavenly trust fund. God didn't answer your prayers here but maybe He will there. He shares a number of heartwarming stories illustrating his ideas.
Furtick writes, "I can't tell you where the greater life will ultimately take you, but I can tell you where it starts. It starts where you are. You have everything you need to do all that God is calling you to do right now."
This is one more book in the style of "do great things for God." What makes this one a little different is Furtick sharing his own experiences of failure and suffering. He also makes a serious attempt at explaining why the path to "greater" is littered with setbacks. Furtick's book is probably the most realistic one I've read encouraging Christians to following the path they believe God has set before them. Furtick's book is not "believe" and God will do magnificent things through you. He is very realistic in this book and that should be an encouragement to anyone wanting to do what God has called them to do.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
"Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is Greater? . . .If you sense that you were meant for more but feel stuck where you are, Greater will give you the confidence to know that nothing is impossible with God, the clarity to see the next step He's calling you to take, and the courage to do anything He tells you to do."
Steven Furtick has written another inspiring, life-changing book. Greater is based on John 14:12 "Very truly I say unto you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." In the book Furtick defines the following:
Good enough = Baseline living that is marked by
mediocrity, stuck in spiritual survival mode and controlled by complacency.
Greatness = Vague, unrealistic aspirations of doing better that don't work in real life and lead to endless
Furtick then explains the definition of Greater as: "the life-altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach. It's beyond anything you see in yourself on your best day, but exactly what God has seen in you all along."
With chapter titles such as "A Little Oil," and "Strike the Water" and motivational comments including "What matters most is not what you think you are or are not. What matters most is what your Father sees in you and what He says about you" this book has the potential to change the life of every reader.
As Steven says, "For everybody who is sick of playing it safe, for every dreamer who has been disillusioned, your moment is now. The mantle is yours."
Do you believe that God has a plan for your life? Do you believe that it is greater than you can imagine? Steven Furtick, in his new book, "Greater", shows you how dreaming bigger and starting smaller can help you find and complete God's purpose in your life. This is not a book about how to become greater. It is about doing things that have a greater impact for God.
Looking at the life of Elisha, Furtick explains how we can believe God will use us to accomplish great things for Him. Christians want to have an impact, but sometimes their meager faith or lack of faith holds them back. Furtick offers an example of a family who adopted two boys from Liberia and the faith it took to be obedient to God's call and the difficulties that followed. Furtick demonstrates in several examples how following God and being obedient aren't always easy or glamorous.
I've never heard Steven Furtick preach, but what I get from his books is that his writing and his preaching is similar. He appears to be a relational speaker and it comes across in his writing. His writing is personal. He's been there and he wants to show others how to become greater for God. He didn't use the verse from Colossians 3:23-24 that says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." However, some of the principles set forth in "Greater" were based on this idea. Whatever you are doing, do it greater. No matter what God calls you to do, you can be great at it.
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Steven Furtick's book, Greater, wasn't at all what I expected. That's a good thing. It seems like most Christian books nowadays are about how to reinvigorate stagnant Christian walks and overcome the common, mundane feel of our faith. Everyone seems to know the one magic formula, catchphrase, object lesson, or key verse that will revolutionize your life and make you sell your house, quit your job and move to Africa as a missionary.
The trouble is that such books sometimes miss the value of the entirety of God's Word by focusing on one tiny passage! They also often leave me disillusioned. If I'm not a missionary in Africa, does that mean I'm not passionate enough about God or that He isn't Lord of my life? There's not much hope then for a small-town mom of three young kids like me.
So, what is there left to say about being "Greater" that hasn't been said by the fifty other Christian authors flooding the market with books on this topic?
It turns out, Furtick's take is a little different. This book is based on a study of Elisha's life, who we're told in Scripture did twice the amount of miracles and had double the anointing of his mentor Elijah, but who we tend to talk about far less. With practical tips, encouragement, and stories from his own life, Furtick teaches how Elisha's ministry involved sold out obedience to God even in the most everyday of activities.
The key here, as Furtick says, is: "Maybe God will call you to make a major life change. Or maybe He simple wants you to come at your present life with greater passion from a fresh perspective." For the study on Elishah alone (including group study questions in the back of the book), Greater is a good read. And if God does open your life up and invite you to something new and fresh that He wants to do, well that would be even . . . Greater.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."