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Many of us are overwhelmed by the gap between our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified to do God's work or to live out the possibilities we imagine. But God has a way of using our weaknesses for good. In fact, God loves unqualified people.

This is a book about understanding your identity in light of who God is. It's a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let God use you. It's about charging into the gap between your present circumstances and your future dreams and meeting God there. After all, God can't bless who you pretend to be. But he longs to bless who you really are: a flawed and broken person. Fortunately for us God is in the business of using broken people to do big things.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601424590
ISBN-13: 9781601424594

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Who You Think You Are is Not as Important as Who God Says You Are
 
Many of us wrestle with the gap between our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified to do God’s work or to live out the calling we imagine. But God has a way of using our weaknesses for good. In fact, God loves unqualified people.
 
In (Un)Qualified, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you peel back the assumptions you’ve made about yourself and see yourself as God sees you. Because true peace and confidence come not from worldly perfection but from acceptance: God’s acceptance of you, your acceptance of yourself, and your acceptance of God’s process of change.
 
This is a book about understanding your identity in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let God use you. It’s about charging into the gap between your present and your hopes and meeting God there. After all, God can’t bless who you pretend to be. But he longs to bless who you really are; a flawed and broken person. Good thing for us that God is in the business of using broken people to do big things. 
 
 
 Being Unqualified Is God’s Favorite Qualification
 
Our culture tells us that the answer to our failures is to fix them. The solution to our weaknesses is to hide them. The secret to our success is to appear as flawless as possible. But God’s qualifying system is different than the world’s. So is his view of our weaknesses, our purpose, and our true selves.
 
In (Un)Qualified, Steven Furtick explores who God is as the great "I AM," and then helps us discover our own identity. Delving into the story of Jacob, Furtick invites us to acknowledge our weaknesses and ask God to work through them.
 
The truth is, God has created us to be more, to accomplish more, and to love life more than we ever thought possible. But to become who he has called us to be, we must embrace who we are right now. (Un)Qualified equips us to face obstacles and failures without losing a sense of purpose. We can have a thriving sense of hope that God is working in us and through us, not in spite of our weaknesses but often as a direct result of them.

Author Bio

Steven Furtick is the New York Times best-selling author of Sun Stand Still, Greater, and Crash the Chatterbox. He is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, which since its founding in 2006 has grown to more than twenty thousand attendees at twelve locations. He speaks at major conferences across the United States and around the world. Steven holds a master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Holly, have three young children.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for (Un)Qualified:

"(Un)Qualified will take you from self-doubt and insecurity to a renewed trust in the God who called and equipped you for his will and purpose."
Joyce Meyer, Bible teacher and New York Times best-selling author

"God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. This book will challenge you and encourage you into a life characterized by prayerful dependence and decisiveness—your life will never be the same."
Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker

"Not only does Pastor Steven give voice to the hurt we so often stuff down deep when someone makes us feel as if we’re not good enough, but he also points us back to the only One who can truly measure our potential. (Un)Qualified will strategically and biblically show you that even when we’re overlooked by people, we are handpicked by God to play a part in his magnificent plan. This is such a needed message for today!"
—Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and New York Times best-selling author

"Too often we embrace the fallacy that our successes hang solely on our qualifications. That we—and we alone—are the architects of our accomplishments and the framers of our future. I’ve been in ministry long enough to realize that God delights in using the most unlikely candidates to accomplish his purposes and that our abilities are always secondary to his calling. In (Un)Qualified Pastor Steven Furtick shows how we can partner and participate with God’s calling for our lives, no matter who we are, where we are, or what we think we are lacking."
Bishop T. D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House, Dallas, and New York Times best-selling author

"Almost everyone I know battles feelings of insecurity, unworthiness, and self-doubt. I know I do. That’s why Pastor Steven Furtick’s life-changing book (Un)Qualified is a must-read. This power-packed book will build your faith, stir your dreams, and help you see yourself as God sees you. If you have ever battled with feeling unqualified, unprepared, or unsure of yourself, pick up this transformative book and be inspired, because our God uses broken people to do big things."
Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of Life.Church and author of #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

"My friend Steven Furtick is one of the most authentic, passionate people I have ever met. His love for God and for people is nothing short of inspiring. Pastor Steven’s book (Un)Qualified is a must-read for every Jesus follower. In it he reveals how our tendency to fixate on our failures and major in our mistakes ultimately short-circuits our calling. But even more than that, he points us to a personal relationship with Jesus, the One who calls us, equips us, and carries us into our destiny."
Judah Smith, lead pastor of The City Church, Seattle, and New York Times best-selling author of Jesus Is _____

"All humans strive to be stronger than we really are, better than we really are, and more than we really are. That’s not bad…it just won’t work. And as Steven shows, it leads us even farther away from who we truly are and who we want to become. This book will help you get more comfortable in your own skin, stop the striving, and see the truth of how God’s power flows when we can be real."
Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, acclaimed leadership expert, and best-selling author

"In a world distracted and enamored by external qualifications, Pastor Steven’s book is a refreshing reminder that God looks at the heart. When we respond to him in humility and faith, his power turns even our weaknesses into strengths. I am so excited about what God will do in your life as you read and experience the principles in this book! It will change the way you see yourself, talk about yourself, and even pray about yourself."
Christine Caine, evangelist, author, and founder of The A21 Campaign

"In (Un)Qualified my friend Steven Furtick reminds us that God’s qualification system is very different than ours. If you’re anything like me, that’s a welcome reminder and a big relief! In these inspiring pages Steven speaks bold, helpful truth in a humble and honest way. He encourages us to lose the labels we’ve placed on ourselves and live instead in the revelation of a God who can even turn our weaknesses into strengths. This brilliant book really resonated with me, and I know it will with you too."
Matt Redman, worship leader and Grammy-winning songwriter

"To watch the ministry of Pastor Steven Furtick is to watch someone living in his grace zone. He is a remarkable communicator, a passionate church builder, and a lover of truth. I have no doubts that his latest offering, (Un)Qualified, will resonate with each and every person who has ever felt the pull of calling and the inadequacy of their own humanity. This book will encourage and strengthen you as you walk the journey."
Brian Houston, founder and global senior pastor of Hillsong Church and author of the international best-selling Live, Love, Lead

"In a culture obsessed with perception and perfection, (Un)Qualified is a refreshing reminder that God uses even our weaknesses to our advantage. Steven Furtick’s latest book is honest, practical, and thoroughly encouraging, and I highly recommend it. It will help you see yourself with more faith and courage than ever before."
Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Ministries, Atlanta

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  1. Virginia and North Carolina.
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unqualified.
    June 7, 2016
    Seantaneous
    Virginia and North Carolina.
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Steven Furtick has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, while remaining practical in his writing as well as speaking. I've been to his church a few times, and this book, Unqualified, is exactly his style in written form. Steven Furtick explains how much God loves you and wants to do things for/through you despite what you've been through or done, and especially despite how you feel about yourself. If you don't walk away after reading Unqualified with a reinforced or renewed sense of worth, you need deliverance. Thanks John MacArthur.
  2. Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
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    Let God Qualify You
    May 9, 2016
    Mike
    Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have always enjoyed / benefitted reading Steven Furticks books. I know he is a polarizing figure among church leaders. I have listened to his sermons and really cannot find where he is putting down God, or playing off of people. Yes, he is a little outrageous, but, I believe he has a message we need to hear. In his newest book, (Un)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things, Furtick hopes to help the reader come to the belief they are qualified to do the work God has called them to do.

    The book title came from an interview with John MacArthur. During that interview, MacArthur used the word "unqualified" to describe Furtick. As a result of that statement, Furtick used the words from McArthur to write this book and sermon series associated with it.

    Furtick explains how we view ourselves greatly determines whether we see ourselves as unqualified or as qualified. Often times we look at our negatives and hold onto those as opposed to seeing the good within us. The call in the book, which is just over 200 pages, is to reclaim our identity in the sight of God.

    He starts the book with a section entitled The Third Word. This is because we often fill in the blank of the statement I am ____ with a negative word or phrase. Once again, the hope is that we will see ourselves in a new light and see ourselves in a positive light. The goal is to let God fill in the 3rd word, which will be encouraging.

    I received this book in exchange for an open and honest review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Un(qualified)
    April 20, 2016
    Deborah Thomson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent book.
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    Allowing God to use us in our weaknesses
    April 13, 2016
    Heather King
    Gloucester, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    In (Un)Qualified, Steven Furtick writes about changing your 'third word.' He says that God's identity stands alone. He is I AM, holy, perfect, and whole. His name can stand alone: I AM.

    We, on the other hand, have a blank to fill in. Maybe we say, "I am a failure" or "I am a mess." "I am broken." Or, in Furtick's case, "I am unqualified." This book is about identity and self-esteem and allowing God to use our weaknesses for His glory. Yes, we're all unqualified, but God grows us, transforms us, and uses us anyway.

    That doesn't mean changing our 'third word' into some perfectionistic, impossible ideal. We don't go from "I am a failure" to "I am a winner." Furtick clearly argues against perfectionism. Instead, our identity is rooted in what the Gospel says about us. "I am in progress."

    I liked several things about this book. First, Furtick cannot be accused of watering down the truth of God's Word in a stance against sin. If your 'third word' involves sin, he says over and over again that it doesn't mean we can embrace that sin and assume God is okay with it.

    I also liked his discussion of Jacob and how God used him despite his many failings. The chapters on Jacob were actually my favorites in the book. Unfortunately, there weren't many of them and they mostly came at the end. I would have loved so much more Bible study and Bible-guided discussion in this book.

    I had other quibbles with his interpretation or teaching on Bible passages. Mostly, though, I think I was disappointed in yet-another Steven Furtick book about self-esteem issues. While I thought Crash the Chatterbox was good, this book seemed just to rehash so many of the same points without much new or amazing to say. There are so many Christian books about identity and self-esteem (Furtick's other books among them), so I'm ready to see him move on to another topic at this point.

    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.
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    God Uses Broken People
    March 2, 2016
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    I can certainly relate to the title of this book. I have felt unqualified many times in my life. Steven Furtick opens the eyes of his readers regarding their qualifications by sharing from the lives of Moses, Jacob, and other Bible characters who failed miserably but did great things for God. I particularly liked the way he explained what God meant at the burning bush when Moses asked God who he should say sent him and God told Him I AM has sent you. Then he proceeds from there to talk about how we describe ourselves with so many variations of I am I am weak, I am pathetic, I am unqualified, I am (you fill in the blank). The flip side of that is how others see us and what third words they use to describe us. This is a very readable book that shows us how God can use all of us for His purposes. I highly recommend this book to all who want to be more of what God created you for. I won an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in a giveaway. This is my honest review.
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