Although he has released two books prior to this one, this is my first time reading a book by author Steven Furtick, who is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Furtick’s newest book Crash the Chatterbox (releasing on Feb. 11, 2014), is about navigating all the different voices that come at us on a daily basis to determine which ones are truth (God’s voice), and which ones are based on lies and half truths that bring only discouragement and disappointment. The “chatterbox” is defined as “…the lies we believe that keep us from accurately and actively hearing God’s voice” (p. 8).
The book is divided into four sections: God Says I Am, God Says He Will, God Says He Has, and God Says I Can.
Each and everyday we need to decide what dialogue we are going to listen to, ruminate on, and respond to. What dialogue we choose to invest ourselves in will shape how we experience life and our relationship with God. I was challenged immediately from the very beginning of the book when Furtick asked a few reflection questions concerning the voices we listen to and the impact it has not only on ourselves, but the very plans God has for us.
- Q. At this point in your life, what great deeds are in danger of remaining undone because of lies that were planted into your past or fears that are looming in your future?
- Q. Is there a throb or an ache because of a sense of purpose in your heart that remains unfulfilled? What weeds are growing in the cracks of some of the God-inspired ideas you’ve abandoned?
- Q. How many contributions that God created you to make for His glory are still wrapped in good intentions because they’ve been neutralized by spiritual hesitation? (p. 10)
Although the “chatterbox” will be a life long reality, it doesn’t have to be a debilitating presence in our lives. Through holding onto God’s truths and promises found in scripture and daily choosing to live a life of gratitude, the “chatterbox” doesn’t have to have a dominating power over us.
Crash the Chatterbox is a very accessible book, easy and engaging to read, and it closes with a discussion guide that could be used for both personal and small group study.
Overall I found Furtick’s newest book to be both encouraging and inspiring. It’s so easy to spend time focused on and discouraged by lies others tells us or even lies we tell ourselves. Crash the Chatterbox was a great reminder to examine what voices I am listening to, ruminating on, and responding to, to refocus on God truths, and to not miss out on the plans God has for my life.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
- “The voice you believe will determine the future you experience” (p. 17).
- “…God’s Word cannot adequately sustain you – no matter how prevalent it is around you – until you receive it within you” (p. 101).
- “…spiritual progress is usually not about something we need to learn. It’s about something we need to remember” (p. 141).
For more information on the author, check out his website at www.stevenfurtick.com or follow him on Twitter @stevenfurtick. For information on Elevation Church and their multiple campuses, you can visit their website at www.elevationchurch.org.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.