As I was finishing up One Month To Live. I received a free copy of Steven Furtick's Sun Stand Still through Waterbrook Multnomah's "Blogging for Books" program. I had seen Furtick on television talking about this book a few months back, and I was eager to read it. I was excited about his discussion on the difference between "standing in hope" and "walking in faith."
I am usually bored by these--well, many--kinds of books because I read the introduction, then feel I'm pounded over and over again with the same message until I say "yeah, yeah, yeah....I get it..." Furtick's premise of daring to ask God for the impossible was established early, punctuated with examples from his ministry at Elevation Church in Charlotte.
But, here's the difference. He didn't just say, "this is what the Bible tells you to believe, this is how we applied it, and this is what happened, so you should try, too." He really described what our response needs to be in order to see God's miracles unfold, and Furtick allowed for his writing to unfold in such a way that I was even more challenged at the end than I was at the beginning.
I was excited by this book, and not just because it was free. So, I'll be passing it around. It's just what CUMC and JC need to read as we work toward becoming one church so we can "activate our audacious faith."