I became familiar with Furtick through his best-selling Sun Stand Still. He continues to display his audacious faith as evidenced by the continued growth of his ministry. Simply states, Greater is...well, greater. He teaches the reader how to think bigger. He reiterates how all things are possible for those who believe. Life shouldn't be about settling for the mediocre, but rather about reaching for the greater - in and out of ourselves. The book encourages us to examine and find the greater in our talents and gifts and then use them for God's glory. The ability to do so comes from belief in what God says if true, the ability to grasp what we know is true, and to ork it for our benefit and the benefit of others. God will do what He says; it's up to us to learn it, grasp it, believe it, and work it, based on His promises. This book is Greater, indeed.
I received this book from the Booksneeze program in exchange for my unbiased review.
Furtick uses the story of Elisha (the prophet who followed Elijah) and brings to life the story of Elisha that goes way beyond what most of us know about the prophet Elisha. Like Sun Stand Still, this book is filled with his own story of how God has worked in his life and he writes in a very conversational way making the book enjoyable to read. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that Furtick doesn't present it where being a Christian is all a bed of roses with no problems but he very poignantly shares how hard times will come by putting your faith in God. The back of the book contains discussion questions making this book a great read for a book club or a small group Bible study.
I honestly can say there wasn't too much about the book Greater that I didn't like. There was a story shared in chapter 11 "Open My Eyes" that talked about a situation regarding a special needs child and honestly, I don't believe it really had any relevance with the message of his book. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and it will be added to our Christian book library.
"Greater" is a book about pursuing the "greater" things that Jesus exhorts us to in His Name. Furtick's style is easy to read and very relatable, and I do feel I was led to read this now. I leaned a lot, and the chapter about "burning the plows" spoke to me iin a very personal and timely manner. There was lots of great advice in here, and I think this book would be good for a new Christian as well as one well studied who needs to rekindle their fire.
I did not find the chapter "Trust Fund Baby" that great - the analogy simply did not work well for me. I was also concerned when he mentioned the special needs family, as I am part of one. I wondered what the situation was, and that concerned me, because people often don't know they are being condescending or patronizing or prejudice until they are told. Details were not revealed, so I let that go, because all in all, there were great lessons in this book that I need right now.
The main thrust of the book uses the story of the prophet Elisha to encourage you to look for ways to make your life greater. (Elisha, the guy anointed to follow Elijah.) Furtick shares stories from his life and those of people connected to his church about living a great-er life.
A big plus is that Furtick doesn't just blow smoke and present happy, bubbly thoughts about chasing your dream. He actually addresses the hard times that come with putting your faith in God and then seeing dreams die. Seeing what appears to be God not showing up in situations that seem custom made for His miraculous power.
However, on page 161, Furtick characterizes an incident with a special needs woman and her child in a way that makes it appear his church is the object of persecution. Having investigated that situation and having spoke directly to the woman in question, I have to question Furtick's version of the incident and the way he describes reporters. As a result, I've had to question the complete truthfulness of other stories.
Do you want a great life? Do you want a great sense of purpose? Anyone could be perfectly happy with a great life. However, why have a GREAT life when you can have a GREATER life? In this lighthearted, truthful and convicting book, Steven Furtick shows what it means to live God's greater life. By using The prophet Elisha's story as an example, he digs deeply, searching for God's vision for your life. He uses his own life stories, as well as those of many Biblical beings, and shows how we can fulfill God's perfect plan for our greater life.
His stories. I superbly enjoyed his own tales of how God made his life richer, and more blessed.
His down to earth-ness. He was so non-judgmental, that was wonderful. I loved how he said that he had lived a lesser loser life too, and not to feel bad if you are stuck in a spiritual rut.
His biblical examples. Honestly, I have always known who Elisha was, and about the widow's oil, etc. I never knew what a big deal his story was.
I really could not think of anything I hated off the top of my head. I disagreed a little bit with some of the theology in the middle, but it really wasn't enough to make me dislike the book, the chapter, or even the sentence.
Overall, I think this book is a great read for anyone who wants a life so full of God's vision, that you are overflowing. I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially those finishing high-school or college.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.