Greater by Steven Furtick

I was asked to preview Pastor Steven Furtick’s upcoming book, Greater. Steven Furtick is the lead pastor at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and my pastor, Craig Groeschel, are very good friends. What an honor to have gotten an advanced copy of Greater. I was so moved, inspired, challenged, motivated, you name it after reading his first book, Sun Stand Still, that when I was asked to read his 2nd book and help promote it, I immediately said yes! Plus, Pastor Steven wrote an endorsement for my book, Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken…and I wanted to thank him by helping promote his new book. I started it on a Saturday and finished it in three days. And y’all, that’s fast for me. I don’t read that fast nor do I actually have the margin in my day to sit and read for hours on end. I’m a mom, for cryin’ outloud. But, this book held my attention and God spoke so gently and yet profoundly to me through it. Here are some greater things I got from Pastor Steven’s book:
  • He’s calling us to be greater with Him through His Spirit within us. (p. 5)
  • There’s a price to pay for Christian complacency. If you keep living on this level, your heart is going to shrivel up. (p. 7)
  • I want you to ask the Lord, in this moment, to begin to open your eyes – by faith – and help you perceive that He has greater things in store for your future. (p. 11)
  • The pathway to God’s best is paved with faith. (p. 13)
  • God doesn’t do greater things exclusively through great people. He does them through anyone who is willing to trust Him in greater ways. (p. 21)
  • Igniting God’s vision starts with becoming more acutely aware of God’s presence in your life. (p. 29)
  • Becoming aware of His presence is the first step to realizing His purpose. (p. 31)
  • Examine the way God is aligning the truths in His Word with the context of your life. (p. 34)
  • Here’s my life, Lord. It’s open ended. And it’s pointed in the direction of the next step You call me to take. No matter what it costs. (p. 41)
  • God does not necessarily tell you how He will do it, only that he will do it. (p. 42)
  • There’s a good reason He doesn’t feel the need to give you a navigational system. It’s because He is offering to be your navigational system. Which one would you rather have: God’s guidance as a commodity or God Himself as your guide? (p.43)
  • Just because God doesn’t show you the details doesn’t mean He doesn’t know them. (p. 46)
  • Your greatest limitation is God’s greatest opportunity. (p. 89)
  • If we’re only into doing the things we perceive as adding to our greatness, it’s a sure sign we haven’t found the greater way. (p. 127)
  • The moment we stop posturing and let go of our “rights,” we are in a better position for God to use us powerfully. (p. 138)
  • Immediate obedience is the gateway to the greater life that few find. (p. 139)
The book doesn’t release until September 4th but is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com. Don’t miss out!

Kisses From Katie

This book ruined me. In a good way. I couldn’t put this amazing story of hope and redemption down. In the far off Ugandan country that many of us never consider, there is a young woman who we could all learn from if we’ll just allow it. Because you see, not only does Katie make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children, but she has adopted 13 daughters and she’s only 22 year old. She plainly states that there is no reasonable explanation that God has used her the way He has except for the fact that she is available to Him. Katie is a perfect example of someone who truly believes and lives like “her life is not her own.” I must warn you though: Keep a tissue handy. This story will motivate you to make a difference, inspire you to live on purpose and draw you into a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Because He is so good.

Are You Entangled?

There’s a resource that I want to recommend today. It’s an eBook by my blog friend, Amy Bennett. Amy openly shares her journey with you in her eBook Entangled. She willingly participated in an emotional affair and knows all too well just how close she was to following through with it on a physical level. You might think you don’t need to read it because you’ve never had an emotional affair. WRONG. We all need to read it so that we DON’T have an emotional affair. Amy shares her story and gives all sorts of warning signs that you could be on a dangerous road. Amy is selling the eBook for a mere $4.99! What a steal. To purchase the eBook and check out the website, click HERE! Have a great day!

Are You “Just Too Busy”?

I recently read this book by Joanne Kraft: Too Busy 1 The Kraft family found themselves busier than they ever intended to be. Raising four children, they were involved in more extracurricular activities than necessary! So, they got crazy and took a break. A 12-month break. Like a serious break with absolutely no outside activities. No soccer. No baseball. No voice lessons. Nothing. For twelve months…did I mention that already? Not only that but they got crazy about media which includes cell phones, TV, iPods, video games, you name it. In fact, their family decided to become a TV free family a few years ago because their 14-year old son (at the time) said that it was nicer and more calm around the house without the TV on. For real? For real. I am so thankful that Joanne led the way and showed us what a Radical Sabbatical really looks like. You may think your children will hate it, but the Krafts found that theirs didn’t. It wasn’t easy every step of the way, but when you begin to act as a family the way God intended it, you’ll be surprised how content and full of joy your children are. Here’s a picture of Joanne. Ain’t she cute, y’all? Joanne Joanne loves to encourage women. A sought-after speaker, Kraft has been published in Today’s Christian WomanIn TouchParentLife,  Kyria, and P31 Woman Magazine. She serves as Marriage Study leader, leader of Inspire Christian Writers, and a 911 Dispatcher in Sacramento County, California. She is married and has four children. I recommend this book to any and every family. Not only is the message timely and very needed in our families today, but Joanne is a terrific writer! Click here to purchase it today! Enjoy! P.S. This would be a great book to use as a study for a small group of women. Joanne offers a free Leader’s Guide on her website. Just click here to get it!

Things I Learned From WEIRD: Part 5

Weird Today is the last day for me to share things I learned from WEIRD. If you haven’t purchased the book yet, you should!!! (No pressure. Okay, maybe a little.) The last section of the book is on our VALUES. This is some great stuff! Craig says that “several forces will wear away at our relationship with God over time if we let them: Blaming God, hanging around bad influences, giving in to temptation, loving the world and faking it.” (p. 192-197) He also says that we can prevent a spiritual drift if we “read our Bible, worship God, get involved at church, and pray.” (p. 198-200) “If you listen, God will show you something makes your heart ache on his behalf. He will bless you with a burden.” (p. 207) “If we want to be better than normal, we must move from good intentions to what I call God intentions.” (p. 219) “If you have just enough of Christ to satisfy you but not enough to change you, answer his knock and let him make himself at home with you.” (p. 236) Such great insight from an amazing man of God!