Greater by Steven Furtick

20140621-104925-38965069Pastor Steven Furtick writes a series of inspirational messages based on the stories of Elisha from the Old Testament. The main point of this book is that God has a great calling for you – a great purpose for your life.

His style is very informal and in that way is easy to read – almost like he’s sitting with you in the back yard talking like old friends. Sometimes it’s a little bit annoying but usually it makes the message more personal.

There were several points in the book which really made me think and I thought were incredibly insightful. My favorite part of the book was Furtick’s story about Lysa who was called by God to homeschool her children rather than travel as an author and motivational speaker. He had this poignant remark which hits the bulls-eye: “Whatever [God] calls you to do is the greatest thing you can be doing at that moment.”

Not everything hit the “bulls-eye” such as the chapter based on the miracle of the floating ax. The teaching points based on the miracle seemed to me to be a stretch. But even so, I believe that the main ideas were solid – it’s just that forcing the biblical text to say these things is manipulation.

The end of the book has excellent study questions and I believe this book would be a good basis for a study group. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to any Christian who would like to rediscover God’s calling for their life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.


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