Saturday, December 29, 2012

Greater: A Book Review

About The Book:

Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?
We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more.

And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing forevery one of us:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will doeven greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12
That single promise—“even greater things than these”—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness…then settled into a life that’s just good enough.
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 frustration.
But there is a third way.
Greater = The life-altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach—beyond anything you see in yourself on your best day, but exactly what God has seen in you all along. 
In Greater, Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to empower you to:
   • Take a God-given dream from idea to reality
   • Stretch your limited resources and abilities in ways you never thought possible
   • Replace the images of yourself that keep you feeling stuck in the past
   • Make a significant impact with your life starting today, rather than making endless plans for tomorrow that you never get around to

If you’re tired of being ordinary, it’s time to dream bigger. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to begin, it’s time to start smaller. It’s time to ignite God’s Greater vision for your life.
About The Author:
Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church. 
In just under seven years, Elevation Church has grown to more than 10,000 people in weekly attendance, meeting at seven locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Elevation has been named one of the fastest growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine for each of the past six years.
Pastor Steven has been privileged to minister to a global audience, speaking at conferences and churches around the world, including Catalyst Conference, Hillsong Conference, and the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Greater, and the nationally acclaimed Sun Stand Still.
Pastor Steven holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife Holly live in the Charlotte area with their two sons, Elijah and Graham, and daughter, Abbey.
You can read chapter 1 of Greater here, in PDF format.
My Review:
With only a few short days left in the year, many of us are feverishly making goals, dare I say resolutions, for 2013! If one of your goals is to live a life greater according to His desires for you, then you need to read Greater by Steven Furtick! It will completely turn whatever goals or desires you have upside down and reconsider them for His glory!
As you read Greater you will discover that just as God used Elisha for great things, so God will use you! The book is very well written, easy to read, though not a huge book is packed with theologically sound points, backed by a lot of scripture. Also, the discussion guide at the end of the book is fantastic for both individual reflection (which is how I used it) or as a guide for a small group study.
 If you are tired of living the "normal" Christian life of going through the motions and want to do extraordinary things for God the book Greater is a great place to start! 
If you are looking for an encouraging read to push you to greater things in 2013, please pick up a copy of Greater! You will not be disappointed.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Greater at your favorite bookseller, from Waterbrook Multnomah 
***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of Blogging for Books and Waterbrook Multnomah, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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