Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sun Stand Still

Founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church (Charlotte, NC), Steven Furtick, is a young man with a passionate message to share. "Sun Stand Still", subtitled What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For The Impossible is based on Joshua 10:12-13 "On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the LORD in the presence of Israel:
    "Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
    and moon, over the valley of Aijalon."

    And the sun stood still and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on its enemies.
    Isn't this written in the Book of Jashar? 
    So the sun stopped
    in the middle of the sky
    and delayed its setting
    almost a full day."
I admit to being just a tad skeptical when I selected the book. If this was going to be another formulaic, 'name it and claim it', 12 easy steps to prosperity-type book, I wanted no part of it. While I am very familiar with the power of prayer, I also know that Christians are definitely not promised that life will be easy. So, I was glad to see that this is a well thought out reminder that we serve the same God as Joshua, Elijah, Moses, and the other people of faith we read about in our Bibles. These are not merely stories, but actual accounts of people who God used to demonstrate His glory and power.

Steven gives several examples of the power of "audacious faith" from both Biblical events and personal eyewitness. He also clearly admits that some prayers have a delayed answer and that sometimes the answer is "No". Many books make me feel inadequate because they are often about people who are least by worldly standards. I read this feeling that my prayers are no more nor less valid than any other who is willing to ask God for the seemingly impossible. We all have areas in our lives that only God can handle. This book encourages you to boldly ask for the impossible (& not selfishly), and to put your faith in action. Don't just sit idly by while you wait on God to act. I was also glad to have him stress that we should examine our motives and our sins. Instead of being just another young, 'rock-star' preacher spouting off the latest craze in feel-goodism, I found this to be a book that I can use to grow spiritually. I certainly do recommend it to others.

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

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