Thursday, January 9, 2014

Don't listen to the chatterbox

I want to start by saying that I am a fan of Steven Furtick’s writing.  I enjoyed his previous two books, and so jumped at the chance to receive an advance review copy of Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice above all Others (Multnomah, 20140).  I was not disappointed.
            We've all heard that voice, that nagging little creature in our heads that reminds us again and again that we’re not good enough, that we’re not living up to our potential, that the expectations that God, the employer, the spouse, the school, or the church have for us are much higher than we can ever hope to obtain: especially considering our most recent performance.  We've heard the voice, and unfortunately way too many people choose to ignore reality and listen to that obnoxious little critter.
 Furtick divides his book into 4 sections: “God Says I Am”; “God Says He Will”; “God Says He Has”; and “God Says I Can”.  With scriptural references and personal stories, he walks us through the process of defeating that nagging suspicion that God is done with us. He reminds us that God has bigger and better in store for us than we can ever imagine.
            I was hooked from the introduction. Furtick writes, “I wake up every day to the crow of the chatterbox.”  He may have been referring to the cock-a-doodle-doo of nature’s alarm clock, but the name for a group of crows is a murder, and doesn't that chatterbox murder our hopes and dreams? If we listen too long, we’ll start to believe all the lies. But we have options. As Furtick points out, we can choose to listen to God.
            Please don’t mistake the readability of this book as an invitation to rush through it, take some time, savor and enjoy it. Listen to God talking to you, telling you that He’s there with you, and there is no reason for you to listen to the chatterbox any longer.

            The publisher provided me with an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review. 

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