Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Throughout Sun Stand Still there are little treasures. I liked Furtick’s authentic writing and that he sees the value of everyone’s testimony. “The story God has scripted for your life isn’t inferior to Joshua’s – or anyone else’s” (13).

I do not agree with everything in the book theologically, but the overall theme of dreaming God-sized dreams and asking God for the impossible is something I am holding onto for life.

Chapter thirteen redeemed the quality of this book a little bit. Furtick knows that some people expect a miracle when they pray prayers like Joshua’s Sun Stand Still prayer and that it might not happen. But he said: “Audacious faith doesn’t mean my prayers work every time. It means that God is working even when my prayers don’t seem to be working at all” (148).

“The glory of God often shines the brightest when the sun goes down… and we keep our eyes on Jesus anyway” (140).

“The time between the conception and the completion of a vision will test the limits of your faith. And a lot of people fail the test” (182). Ouch. People are given God-ordained dreams and give up for whatever reason. Earlier in the book, Furtick makes it clear that: “When you examine the lives of people who are called to do great things for God, regardless of their age, you’ll usually notice three things:
* They offer God a long list of excuses.
* God doesn’t seem surprised.
* God doesn’t change his mind.” (30)

This book was a slow read for me, but I get restless reading about ACTING on faith. There is only so much you CAN read about this topic before getting antsy.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.

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