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  1. Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life.
    Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life.
    Steven Furtick
    Multnomah / 2012 / Hardcover
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  1. West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Why Settle for Great. There’s something Greater!
    September 15, 2012
    pastor2519
    West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Steven Furtick's Greater: Dream Bigger, Start Smaller, Ignite God's Vision for your Life (Multnomah Books, 2012) is one of those books that are hard to put down. Furtick demonstrates his skill at weaving scripture and current reality into a seamless whole. On one level this book is the story of Elisha, an Old Testament prophet who dared to dream big; and on the other it's the story of any number of people that you already know, and maybe even yourself. In the words of the author it's a challenge to live an audacious life.

    It's the reality that God is ready to take each of us to the next level, as long as we're ready to go there. Just how small Elisha started is anybody's guess: he was out with the oxen plowing a field. But he certainly dreamed big. Elijah said let's go, and he went; and when Elijah, Israel's greatest prophet was about to be taken, Elisha asked for nothing less than "a double portion of your spirit" (2 Kings 2:9), pretty gutsy request. Elisha know all about good enough, he knew all about great, but he also knew that with God's help there was something more: something called greater. And he wanted it.

    But that sense of greater doesn't just apply to Old Testament prophets, it's something that each of us can go after; Furtick points us in the right direction, and gives us some hints on how to find it. In our church life, with our family or on the job, we can strive for and reach "greater".

    So get ready to burn your plows, dig some ditches, take just a little bit of oil, and see to what heights God can help you climb, as long as you're not willing to settle for just good enough.

    The author and the publisher have made some resources available for you: you can read the first chapter before buying the book. http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/blog/2012/04/01/sneak-peek-greater-by-steven-furtick/ and get more information about the book here: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=203162

    5/5

    I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
  2. Twin Cities MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book! Challenging and encouraging!
    September 3, 2012
    Chris Page
    Twin Cities MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love trivia! For years, I have been an avid sports fan, and love to dig into those little known facts about certain players that a: sets them apart, and b: makes me seem super smart for knowing these little tidbits. I have also been involved in children's ministry for a number of years and so lately, I have also been plucking wonderful tidbits of Bible trivia to share with the kids I work with (i.e. Did you know there were 2 Noahs in the Bible? 1 man and 1 woman - a boat builder and a daughter of Zelophehad). I am also a story teller. I love to reenact these stories from scripture that kids may not be totally familiar with and help them learn the story and see the cool things that God has done, so they can become more aware of the cool things God is doing.

    One of my favorite sections of the bible - for story telling and trivial purposes, begins near the end of 1 Kings and stretches into 2 Kings. This is the portion of scripture that talks about the prophetic lives of Elijah and Elisha. Mostly, I've been drawn to these stories because of their cool factor - Elijah's showdown with the prophets of Baal and the Raven food delivery system the man vs. horse foot race - and Elisha with the widow's oil, Naaman's leprosy and the floating ax head.

    So as I began "Greater" the new book by Steven Furtick that hits bookstores tomorrow, I was excited to learn that it would be about Elisha and the stories that I knew and loved. But then Furtick blindsided me with life application and a challenge to live a life in pursuit of more than "good enough" - rather going after the "greater" life that comes with going all out after the best that God has for us.

    The book brings application and teaching to so many parts of Elisha's story, from his unorthodox invitation to follow Elijah to Elisha's death and burial, from burning his plows - a sign of leaving the old life behind and moving on to the "greater" life in such a way that a return to the old way in impossible - to the miraculous things God accomplished through his life. This book, and my prayer time, helped me identify some plows that I need to burn in my life if I am truly going to follow God with my whole heart. It continues on to challenge us to do hard things, confidently knowing that God is with us and able to do whatever He wants, and what He wants is the best for us.

    You can read Chapter 1 for yourself here.

    I'd love to spend some time recounting to you what I read and how it is already and will continue to apply to my life and the place God is leading me - but I don't yet know what it is all going to look like - and that is fine with me. I would, however, strongly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of this book. But that comes with a caveat. Reader beware, this book holds between its covers truth that can expose a frightening, challenging road to walk. It is not for the faint-hearted - or maybe it is, because in our weakness, He is strong.
  3. Williamsburg, OH
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Greater
    August 29, 2012
    Jenny W
    Williamsburg, OH
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was a little worried about reading Greater by Steven Furtick. I'm an avid listener of his sermons and I've read his first book Sun Stand Still, so he's someone I've come to trust when it comes to biblical insight and inspiration. I was concerned, though, about it being yet another book about doing big things for God. These days it seems as though the book market is flooded with books about doing more, being greater, searching for the one golden ticket in Christ's kingdom. I wondered what more could be said that is still biblical that hasn't been said already.

    I'm glad to say that Greater did have something unique to add to the conversation. Using the story of Elisha, Furtick walks us through what is required of us to take the next step for the kingdom of God. He asks us to transcend our thinking of what is good enough or trying to achieve greatness and instead asks us to seek a sense of being "greater", as Jesus said in John 14:12.

    Personally, though I think just about anyone would benefit from reading this, I think it would be incredibly beneficial to college aged students and young adults. This is the period in their life where many of their expectations and choices will decide the ultimate course of their life. How awesome it would be for them to start off adulthood with the concept of "greater"...to dream big, start small and chase God's vision for their life...right from the beginning! I know for me the concepts of "digging ditches" and "burning plows" that Furtick discuses are concepts I've relied on often since I've finished reading the book and they are ideas I wish I would have known long ago. Overall, I recommend this book, especially for those making big decisions about the trajectory of their life.

    I was given a free copy of this book from Multnomah Books in return for my honest review.
  4. Detroit, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Furtick Does It Again
    August 27, 2012
    Elder Wiggins
    Detroit, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Greater is the second book that I have read by Steven Furtick. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect after his first book, Sun Stand Still, changed so many lives of people who I know. The short answer is, Steven Furtick has done it again. There are many books on the market classified as inspirational or self-help, but Pastor Furtick of Elevation Church is truly passionate about helping people. It comes across so well in his conversational style of writing. What I love about his books is that the study guide is included in the back of the book. Small groups won't need to necessarily purchase a separate guide to get high-impact discussion around this topic.

    This no-nonsense, give-it-to-them straight book gets right to the point of how to experience something greater, regardless of the area that you are expecting greater in. In order to get greater, some tough decisions have to be made. There are no easy answers, but if you really want greater and are tired of experiencing lesser, you will make the decision to go after it followed by the actions to bring it to pass. This starts with a clear understanding of the difference between good, greatness and greater. (No spoiler here, you'll have to read page 9 and 10 for that.) Perhaps you already know these differences because you've been working this thing for many years. Pastor Furtick addresses this as well in "The Makeup of Monotony". You can't talk about greater without dealing with the reality that you sometimes get stuck in a rut. You've developed a rhythm for how things are to be, day in and day out without even realizing that you are in the incubator of complacency. These and other topics are covered in an easy to read fashion that typifies Furtick's writing. Be sure to check this one out beginning September 4, 2012.

    A complimentary advance copy of this book was provided for review purposes by Multnomah Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.
  5. Boaz, AL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring
    August 22, 2012
    aemcd
    Boaz, AL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was super excited to hear that Steven Furtick was about to release a new book. {I am addicted to the Elevation podcast!!} So with high expectations, I read this most recent release, Greater. I must say, I was not disappointed!!! It was inspiring, convicting, fun, deep, and full of Jesus much like most of the content that Pastor Steven puts out.

    The premise of the message is to seek great-er lives. Not to be confused with seeking greatness, or settling for good enough. Greater is "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." Pastor Steven preaches tells the stories of the events in the life of Elisha, the prophet of God, to explain how to pursue this "Greater" vision of our life. Through Elisha's ups and downs Pastor Steven chronicles how that we too can see God do great things all around and through us.

    As I said, I was greatly inspired and convicted by this book. I think every person who claims Christ publicly should read it and be challenged to live above the line of mediocrity, but not in a worldly get all the money and fame you can way. More like a get all the Jesus and Spirit you can! I believe more people would be won to Christ if more of His followers lived "Greater" lives.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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