Book Review: (Un)Qualified

(Un)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things
by Steven Furtick

In (Un)Qualified, Steven Furtick writes about changing your ‘third word.’  He says that God’s identity stands alone.  He is I AM, holy, perfect, and whole.  His name can stand alone:  I AM.  9781601424594

We, on the other hand, have a blank to fill in.  Maybe we say, “I am a failure” or “I am a mess.”
“I am broken.”  Or, in Furtick’s case, “I am unqualified.”  This book is about identity and self-esteem and allowing God to use our weaknesses for His glory.  Yes, we’re all unqualified, but God grows us, transforms us, and uses us anyway.

That doesn’t mean changing our ‘third word’ into some perfectionistic, impossible ideal.  We don’t go from “I am a failure” to “I am a winner.”  Furtick clearly argues against perfectionism.  Instead, our identity is rooted in what the Gospel says about us.  “I am in progress.”

I liked several things about this book.  First, Furtick cannot be accused of watering down the truth of God’s Word in a stance against sin.  If your ‘third word’ involves sin, he says over and over again that it doesn’t mean we can embrace that sin and assume God is okay with it.

I also liked his discussion of Jacob and how God used him despite his many failings.  The chapters on Jacob were actually my favorites in the book.  Unfortunately, there weren’t many of them and they mostly came at the end.  I would have loved so much more Bible study and Bible-guided discussion in this book.

I had other quibbles with his interpretation or teaching on Bible passages.  Mostly, though, I think I was disappointed in yet-another Steven Furtick book about self-esteem issues.  While I thought Crash the Chatterbox was good, this book seemed just to rehash so many of the same points without much new or amazing to say.  There are so many Christian books about identity and self-esteem (Furtick’s other books among them), so I’m ready to see him move on to another topic at this point.

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