My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dream bigger. Start smaller. Ignite G-d’s vision for your life. That’s the subtitle to this book (obviously), and it sums up Furtick’s message to readers quite nicely. The book opens up with a killer statement, however, that forces the reader to rethink themselves and realize that the book is far from over: “I used to want to do great things for G-d. That was before I found something greater.” At first read, I had wondered what that meant. Did I have it all wrong? Maybe the author did. The author must have it wrong! But I had seen the praise for the book, including Jentezen Franklin. How could so many people be wrong? This is an excellent point that I could have cited my genius intellect, but I can only do that so many times a day before I start to feel full of myself, and I seriously needed to get through the first sentence of the book. If the author were to be crazy, I’d need more than seventeen words to prove it. So I kept reading. And if you were me, I bet you would too.
Two pages later (reading the ARC on a Kindle, I am only guessing here), I realized that if Furtick is crazy, then I must be crazy too. He described his experience when Steve Jobs passed. How he had never met the man, but felt a personal loss. I instantly connected with the author over this. Then with his transition to his inadequacies in the faith and being a legacy to be remembered generations from now, I was blown away. This book that I wasn’t sure about reading managed to sum up my deeper struggles with no effort. With a tongue-in-cheek understanding of inner struggles and a humor-laced approach to the readers, Furtick is quickly becoming someone for me to follow and learn more about.
Wondering about reading this book? Don’t wonder. Just read it. And here’s why (I will also be letting these words from the author finish this review, so consider it your call to action, shall we?):
“We all know instinctively, even if we can’t articulate it exactly, that something isn’t squaring up. There’s a huge gap between what [G-d] said in His Word and the results we see in our lives. It’s like we’ve been lulled into comfortable complacency. Then we wake up one day to find ourselves stuck in miserable mediocrity. So we tuck away any dreams and notions of the great things we’d like to do for [G-d]. After all, we’re doing good. Good enough. It kind of sucks.”
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