Book Review: Sun Stand Still Devotional

coverThis is the first book I’ve read from Steven Furtick. It’s a quick read – 40 days of inspiration and stories to encourage readers to have audacious faith in God. The title comes from the biblical story of Joshua, who, in the middle of a battle, asked God to make the sun stand still so he and his army could finish vanquishing their foes. God answered that prayer, and Furtick asserts that even today, God longs to answer similarly audacious prayers.  This devotional is a follow-up to Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible.

Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give the devotional is that it made me want to read the original book, and I’ve added it to my TBR list. But this smaller collection serves as a good reminder that God can do more than what we can imagine based on our view of circumstances. One of the more interesting aspects of this book was the inclusion of suggested tweets based on key phrases, complete with #sunstandstill hashtag. At first, this felt gimmicky and annoying. But many of the “tweets” were good nuggets of encouragement, which redeemed the presumption a bit. A few I liked:

“God did not create you to fit in. He intends for you to stand out.”  

“God can’t make anything miraculous out of your mistake if you don’t call it what it is and deal with it accordingly.”

“Faith is not a drug to sedate you through a life you hate. It’s a force to transport you to another realm of reality.”

Overall, a nice dose of inspiration and a few nuggets of wisdom to contemplate.

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.