“Greater” by Steven Furtick

Quick Statistics

  • “Greater” by Steven Furtick
  • Non-Fiction Christian
  • Read as a hard copy, Random House sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished July 19, 2014

Official Synopsis

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 arematters more.

And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us:

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even 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.

My Thoughts/Summary

I did a book study on Furtick’s book “Crash the Chatterbox” and was immediately intrigued by this fairly young pastor writing such a compelling and optimistic, loving view of God in his books. I’d heard rave reviews about “Sun Stand Still” which within 20 minutes of reading it became one of my favorites. While “Greater” is still amazing, truly, Furtick is one of the only Christian non-fiction authors I really seem to enjoy reading and relate to, this one falls short of “Sun Stand Still”.

“Greater” felt like a take off of “Sun Stand Still”, that it was an extension of the ideas, without using the same terminology. Sure one talks about audacious faith, and this one is using the catch phrase “greater”, but they both said essentially the same thing. Maybe that’s because the message does boil down to the same thing, to trust God with his plan for you, and when you do that, things all seem to fall into place.

It’s still amazing, and half of it is underlined, so don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book as much as his others, but I felt like I was getting the same message over and over again. Maybe I needed to get this message over and over, honestly. It could be that God needed me to hear it, and it’s good then, that it’s being ingrained in my life. I also feel slightly biased because recently I did discover what I feel God called me to do, so “discovering” it, doesn’t really apply to me anymore.

Furtick is always spot on with theology in my opinion. I honestly value what he has to say, and usually take it to heart and I will take this book to heart as well as recommend it to a friend (as I always do with his book), and I have to say that even my friend who is well versed in the Bible hadn’t really read the story of Elisha so that was an amazing eye opening experience. I enjoyed his writing style, mostly because when he writes I always feel like it’s just so obvious that what he’s saying is true. I’ve experienced so much of it.

I love Furtick’s books, and I am so happy I got a copy of this one to review, he is one of my favorite authors of all time who continuously puts out books that enlighten and make me feel inspired to live a better Christian life.

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