Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sun Stand Still

As Steven Furtick promises on the back cover of his book Sun Stand Still"This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. 
   In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential."

Steven Furtick is the lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC.  An unlikely church in one of the most churched areas in the U.S.  His church was founded 5 years ago with 20 parishioners, and today boasts a regular attendance of over 8,000.  He praises his faith in "Sun Stand Still" prayers for making this growth possible and wants to share the tools needed with everyone.

I received Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick to review from WaterBrook Press through their Blogging for Books program.  I was not required to give a positive review, these are my honest thoughts.

I must say that I've been struggling in my prayer life, I'm pretty good at reading the Bible and praying every day, but I kind of have gotten into a rut in my life with prayers.  I was really looking forward to reading this book and seeing how I could pray audaciously through the Word of God.  And I did take a lot from this book.  I learned that you should ask God for what you cannot humanly do yourself, and you will find that things happen because of Him.  You must show faith.  And I have changed my prayers.  A lot.  And my prayers have changed me.  

The only thing I took issue with is Mr Furtick discussed how he used to pray saying "if it be your will", as if to give God a way out, but interestingly we are going through a prayer series at my church where we are going over Matthew 6:10-14 where Jesus teaches us how to pray and one thing he does say is that we should pray "Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven" Matthew 6:10.  

I did really like how he showed that you should use Biblical references to "support" your request, which reinforces your faith and your faithfulness.

All in all I think this is a good book to help you pray for God's help in your life, and I really like that he shows you how to do it with all your faith.  I would recommend this book without hesitation.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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