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Book Review : Greater by Steven Furtick

The book Greater by Steven Furtick tackles some tricky questions for Christians...Is it ok to desire to do great things for God?  Does that flow out of our personal desire for achievement and recognition or from a desire to honor God?  Is it even possible to be great?  In addressing these questions Furtick pulls examples from the life of the prophet Elisha found in 2 Kings as well as stories from his own life as a young pastor of a very rapidly growing church.  I was cautious of the message that might be contained in such a book...it could easily become a self help pep rally with lots of enthusiam and empty promises and little real Gospel substance.  Fortunately, Furtick doesn't go that route.  Rather, he delivers a funny and very realistic approach to pursuing the greater things God has planned for you...emphasis on the "er".  To be "great" is an elusive and hard to define quality.  To be "greater" just means that you are allowing sanctification to take place in your life and that you are pursuing God and His glory with more and more energy each day.  Throughout the book Furtick offers practical application steps.  This book isn't intended to be a deep theological and scholarly exploration of the life of Elisha.  Rather, it is a funny, encouraging and quick read that will appeal both to the seasoned Christian who has lost a little of their zeal and edge as well as the brand new Christian who is trying to figure things out.  The biggest strength of the book is that it always remains firmly planted in the truth that life really is all about the greatness of our God...not about our personal greatness or status.

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