Review: Seven-Mile Miracle

I admit I have a problem. It seems like I have to read everything that Steven Furtick puts out to the world. It could be because I tend to digest his sermons in mass quantities. It could be that I feel a relative connection to him due to having heard about him many years ago. It could be that we are in the same generation and live relatively close to each other (three hours counts, right?). However, this book is not up to his usual quality. Maybe I am harsh, but I am only speaking my opinion and that is what a review is supposed to do.

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Seven-Mile Miracle is the newest release from Furtick. His other books spoke life into my life and this one did as well, but having followed him for many years, this seems like a cash grab. There is a sermon series that goes along with it (I suppose that’s the appropriate thing to do in a mega-church); however, there was a sermon many years ago for Easter by the same title. It was a visual experience that had footage of the Holy Land and even had Furtick preaching the sermon from Israel.

Please do not get me wrong, I am not setting out to bash him or the church, but this book is not his usual qualities. Sure, the seven topics he covers that pulls from the last sayings of Jesus are highly applicable in 2017. We need to adhere to the words that he writes and the topics he covers.

The one that spoke to me the most was the word of uniting. It may have been the last word, but ultimately that is the final stop on the journey for a Christian. It is the end destination on our trip. We will be reunited with our creator and will spend eternity with him.

This book is alright. If you want to read seven things that can influence your life and give you pointers on living a more complete life then this book will help. If I did not know that Furtick had already used this title before or have read his book then it probably wouldn’t have bothered me as much. It simply seems rushed to me.

I was given this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words here are my own and have not been influenced by the publisher in any way.

I AM (UN)QUALIFIED

When I am honest with myself and honest with those around me, I will admit that I struggle with the idea of being qualified for anything that I am attempting. It seems like no matter what I am acing or how much experience I have in similar situations, there is always a thought at the back of my mind as to whether or not I can handle the situation. I do not want to speak for others, but I feel confident that the feeling of being unqualified crosses the mind of many other people every week or maybe even every day.

I have followed Steven Furtick for a few years and regularly listening to his sermons via the Elevation Church podcast. Through hearing him speak, he has mentioned how he h9781601424594as felt and continues to feel unqualified for the task he has and I can certainly understand. I am not sure that many people know the pressure of leading such a large church where the physical demands have to be hard enough to meet and that does not even compare to the spiritual demands.

This book is about finding our qualifications in God instead of those around us. It is about more than simply being able to meet demands, but rather it is about a lifestyle. The weight that we carry, whether a leader or not, can be overwhelming at times. It is too easy to feel like a failure in 2016. Rather than continuing to give thought to where we have managed to fall short, we should strive to live out of a place of acceptance.

All too often Christians feel like they have to get themselves put back in order or manage to control a specific sin before God can use them. Rather than living our lives in this manner, we should lean into the fact that God can and will use us in our brokenness. In fact, broken people are what He is used to working with to accomplish great things.

It is early in 2016, but I can see this being a book that many need to read this year. I would rank it four out of five stars. I have received this book for free from the publisher. My review is my own and has not been influenced by anyone in any way.

 

Greater Devotional Review

Honestly, I am shocked it took so long for this book to be released. I read the full book, Greater, when it was first released. The lessons that were contained in the devotional are just as truthful as the thoughts in the book. I know that some people will be turned off by the author, but I am not one of those. Continue reading “Greater Devotional Review”

Book Review: Crash The Chatterbox

Steven Furtick is not a new person to me. I have never met him, but I have read his books for the past few years and listening to his sermons nearly weekly. I waited until the book was being released to post the review because I did not want it to get lost in the noise. I believe that this book is that important. Continue reading “Book Review: Crash The Chatterbox”

Cooperating Churches

I consider it a great success that I have been convicted to write again in such a short period. After yesterday’s post, I was thinking, I really think I could post something every day this month. Sure, I will probably fail, but at least I will try. So, for today’s thankfulness, continue reading. Continue reading “Cooperating Churches”

Live In The Moment

Last Tuesday afternoon we headed out-of-town for a short vacation.  We were not going but six hours to the big city of Atlanta.  We had everything packed and ready to go and then at the last-minute I asked my wife if she had the camera.  She had not carried it out of the house so I ran back in and grabbed it along with other last-minute things I forgot.  I thought she would want to take some photographs and wanted to remember to give her the opportunity.  Much to my surprise, it did not work out that way. Continue reading “Live In The Moment”

Sun Stand Still Review

The next to last book I finished reading is Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick.  Furtick is the lead pastor of Elevation Church based out of Charlotte, NC.  I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at the ReFuel conference I attended with our church staff last May.  I picked up the book at the conference, but as you can see, I just now got around to reading it.  I feel even more connected to the church now (even though I am three hours away) because I have a close friend from high school who now attends there.  So, without much hesitation, let us go ahead and actually talk about the book. Continue reading “Sun Stand Still Review”