Monday, February 10, 2014
Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
I have to admit that when I first saw the title of this book, my initial reaction was 'what is it he is talking about?' "Crash the Chatterbox" was certainly unusual terminology. But, I knew about the author Steven Furtick, who is the founder and Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I had reviewed one of his books before, so I decided to delve into the contents. It was a good read, and addresses the all too common subject of dealing with the negative "chatter" that bombards our mind. This is information that applies to all of us and is vital to our spiritual health.
The book is divided into four basic sections and each one deals with a spiritual truth that will help us to "Crash the Chatterbox'. The chapters in each section revolve around those central themes of "God says I am", "God says He has", "God says He will" and "God says I can". In this manner, the author is able to address the basic tools that we have available to help us win the war that rages in our minds every day. And while he makes it clear that we will never vanquish this enemy as long as we remain alive, we can defeat the negative voices that shout in our minds and replace them with the truth about who we are in Christ.
The author uses many personal stories and other illustrations to bring his points across clearly, including stories of the problems he had in dealing with the voices in his head while writing this book. He is funny at times, though some might find the material too honest (I didn't). It is a good read and I think you'll grow from the contents, if you apply them. It is a little long, but I think that was needed due to the amount of important information which was required to address the subject. And since it was written by a Pastor who has seen literally thousands make professions of faith in Jesus Christ, I was a little bit surprised that it did not present a clear presentation of the Gospel.
I received this book free as part of the book review program for bloggers, available at "Water Brook/Multnomah Publishing Group." It will help you to fully harness your mind to think the thoughts of Christ. There are questions for study included at the end, and a group would most likely benefit from discussing the material. You can read a free preview of chapter one at http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SneakPeek_CrashtheChatterbox.pdf.