“I’m out to activate your faith and inspire your imagination.” – Stephen Furtick, p. 79.
This is how Stephen Furtick states his purpose for writing Sun Stand Still. How does he do in accomplishing this purpose? I had only just begun hearing about this book before I signed up to review it and though this book did not teach me anything new in regards to living by faith, it was not a complete waste of time. Sun Stand Still is not hard to read and very easily could be read within a couple days. This book is like a good motivational/inspiration half-time speech to a basketball team. It is definitely written in an inspirational way that challenges every Christian to think if they are truly living the life that God has for them. He definitely does what he can to inspire your imagination. The back of the book has this to say:
“If you’re not DARING TO BELIEVE GOD for the impossible,
you may be SLEEPING THROUGH
some of the BEST PARTS of your Christian life.”
Stephen bases this book around the story in Joshua 10 where Joshua prays that God would have the sun stand still so Joshua could completely defeat an enemy of the Israelites. He uses the story throughout to challenge everyone who reads this book with the idea that they have the same potential within them if they are willing to step out and live with audacious faith. Stephen shares many stories from his own life as well as those from people who attend Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC and there is a fair amount of Scripture littered throughout the book as well. After reading this book, you will at least be challenged to look at your life from a different perspective and determine whether or not you are striving to live with great audacious faith. Stephen also has this to say in his book:
“In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential.” – Back cover of the book
With Mr. Furtick not being much older than I am, I do believe that as he grows and matures in his relationship with the Lord, I feel he will in the future take a look back at this book and make a few changes but overall, it is not a waste of your time, especially if you are at a point where a little motivation or inspiration could help get you out of a funk. If anything, the personal stories of different individuals within the book itself will be enough to get you asking what you can do with where God has you in your life at this time. This book will definitely be for people who are new in their faith and in their relationship with God but can also help kick you out of a rut. It will not overwhelm you intellectually or put you to sleep with boring stories. Two books that are comparable to this one but ones that I enjoyed more are Francis Chan’s Crazy Love or David Platt’s Radical.
How does Stephen do in completing his own stated purpose to activate your faith and inspire your imagination? I believe he does a fair job with it. If you are looking to be inspired, then this book could be the one for you.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as a part of their Blogging for Books program