Sunday, March 2, 2014

Book Review: Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

The negative internal dialogue we hear in our minds right before we make a positive life changing decision…the hurtful untrue comment a loved one or a friend said to us years ago that hasn’t been forgotten and we think is the truth…the Biblical truths about God’s love for us and who we are in his eyes turned around into Biblical untruths that he could care less about us…these are all ways that the chatterbox of our minds causes us to miss God’s breakthroughs and blessings in our lives.

Crash the Chatterbox helps people to recognize what the chatterbox of our minds sounds like and also helps us to find ways to turn it off. It shows examples of how Jesus (Yeshua) ran into many situations where he was faced with hearing untruths and that his knowledge of God was his defense. Many Scriptures are broken down in this book to point out important truths that are relevant in any era.

Crash the Chatterbox is sort of a sequel to Steven Furtick’s previous book Greater. “…Greater, issued a call to an understanding that God is ready and willing to achieve a kind of greatness through our lives that is beyond human reach. Crash the Chatterbox is about using that understanding to short-circuit the thoughts and patterns that the Enemy employs to disrupt the greatness God has initiated.” (Page 10)  There are many Scripture examples that Steven Furtick uses throughout the book, although the one he used about how God choose Jeremiah even before he was born (Jeremiah 1:4-5) was the foundational Scripture in this book for me; this showed me that God accepted Jeremiah even before he could do anything wrong in his life.

One of my motivations for reading this book is that it is supposed to be the next step after reading Steven’s book Greater, which I also read. I did find it be the next step for me because I remember being highly motivated to try to find a deeper purpose that I think God has for me after reading Greater and I have been flooded with much negative self talk since then. The chatterbox will always be going in some ways during my life possibly telling me I am not accepted, wanted, and/or needed. This book gave me a boost to want to get the fear kicked out of my life so I can progress with how God wants me to move forward. When and if the fear creeps back in (and it probably will) I now have the truths that I learned in this book to remember.

I believe this book would be really good (well great actually) for anybody that wants to learn how to “Crash the Chatterbox” of their minds so they can move forward with the plans that God has for them. Not in a way that that they think their chatterboxes will stop though because they will most likely start up again, but in a way they will be able to recognize their chatterbox noises and continuously crash them as they go off in their minds.

A great book to keep (maybe forever), since we will often need the reminder to “Crash the Chatterbox”.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary book from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

More about Crash the Chatterbox:

http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601424563

Crash the Chatterbox Book Excerpt:

http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601424563

3 comments:

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