Sunday, April 23, 2017

Seven-Mile Miracle by Steven Furtick

The final words of Jesus as He was dying on the Cross are a spiritual journey for us to explore. In Seven-Mile Miracle, Pastor Steven Furtick uses the words of Forgiveness, Salvation, Relationship, Abandonment, Distress, Triumph, and Reunion as 7 mile markers we can use in our relationship with God. Furtick says that we are more than Believers - people with faith in Jesus, more than Disciples - pupils who learn from Jesus, but also Followers of Christ. These words are an opportunity to follow Jesus closer than ever as we move forward.
Pastor Furtick has a writing style that is very captivating. Scripture, personal anecdotes, and other stories are used to bolster what he is trying to convey, and it is laid out simply so that anyone, no matter if they are on the first steps of their spiritual journey or have traveled the path for decades, can understand what he is explaining. The story that stood out the most for me in this book was the 2 followers who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus. It's just one of those I have read numerous times, but became more vivid to me as I read the book.

As with any book concerning spiritual growth, you will want to compare it with God Word. When doing a quick turn-around for a review, there is not as much time. But I did get a lot out of it and found it a good reminder of the significance of the words spoken on Good Friday. There is much to be learned as we travel a spiritual path and we should all pause to remember what we have learned along the journey. Seven-Mile Miracle is a good companion book to read as you reflect on the final words of Jesus and dig deeper into your Bible.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book at no cost to myself from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Steven Furtick is the bestselling author of Sun Stand Still, Greater, Crash the Chatterbox, and (Un)Qualified. He is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte NC, which since its founding in 2006 has grown to multiple locations across several states. He preaches around the world and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steven and his wife, Holly, have three children and live near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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