Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review: Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For The Impossible

"This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential." —STEVEN FURTICK, from Sun Stand Still

When I first read these words I felt such excitement, I loved the idea of being challenged & stretched to my limits. However, I hit some snags right from the get go.
The first being I'm not so much of a youngin' anymore. Now I'm not saying I'm old or that Mr. Furtick is immature but I had a very hard time relating to this young man. There seemed to be a generation gap between myself & good ole Steve. Some of his ideas I found condescendingly redundant however I also found his "audacious faith" refreshing. The eyes of someone who are looking to God without doubt are wonderful to look through.
But, for myself personally I just had a difficult time getting from page to page, if I hear the word audacious one more time I'll scream. I honestly believe it's quite possible that it was used on almost every page!! I also didn't care for (what felt to me like) the dramatic affect. It felt at times I was in the room with Mr. Furtick & he was setting up this amazing story, now that can be a wonderful thing but when it's laced with dry humor & pauses for you to think, I just felt like I was in a room full of teenagers sipping coffee telling me how intelligent they were.
That being said, I don't want to say Mr. Furtick did a terrible job, I want to be clear that this wasn't my "type" of read. I believe Sun Stand Still is quite challenging & that if you aren't bothered by the points I've made you should read it. I believe it can challenge those who've become stagnant & encourage those that are pressing forward.
One things for sure, this isn't the last you'll hear from Steve Furtick.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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