Greater, Book Review

Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life.
by: Steven Furtick

Steven Furtick’s book, Greater, wasn’t at all what I expected.  That’s a good thing.  It seems like most Christian books nowadays are about how to reinvigorate stagnant Christian walks and overcome the common, mundane feel of our faith.  Everyone seems to know the one magic formula, catchphrase, object lesson, or key verse that will revolutionize your life and make you sell your house, quit your job and move to Africa as a missionary.greater

The trouble is that such books sometimes miss the value of the entirety of God’s Word by focusing on one tiny passage! They also often leave me disillusioned.  If I’m not a missionary in Africa, does that mean I’m not passionate enough about God or that He isn’t Lord of my life?  There’s not much hope then for a small-town mom of four young kids like me.

So, what is there left to say about being “Greater” that hasn’t been said by the fifty other Christian authors flooding the market with books on this topic?

It turns out, Furtick’s take is a little different.  This book is based on a study of Elisha’s life, who we’re told in Scripture did twice the amount of miracles and had double the anointing of his mentor Elijah, but who we tend to talk about far less.  With practical tips, encouragement, and stories from his own life, Furtick teaches how Elisha’s ministry involved sold out obedience to God even in the most everyday of activities.

The key here, as Furtick says, is: “Maybe God will call you to make a major life change.  Or maybe He simple wants you to come at your present life with greater passion from a fresh perspective.”  For the study on Elisha alone (including group study questions in the back of the book), Greater is a good read.  And if God does open your life up and invite you to something new and fresh that He wants to do, well that would be even . . . Greater.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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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