Book Feature: Sun Stand Still
Have you ever picked up a book and thought “oh no… I think this one is going to rock my world”? Those books come along every once in awhile for me. I’m sure it’s the right message at the right time that rattles my thinking and pushes me through another season of growth.
My most recent encounter with the “oh man, this one’s gonna get me” feeling was Steven Furtick’s new book Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible
I roared through this book in a matter of a couple of sittings. Sometimes wanting to chuck it across the room because of the fears it was exposing in me and sometimes wanting to stand up and exclaim that I was ready to take on the world.
Here are just a few quotes I couldn’t shake:
- “If the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God.”
- “My calling is great, the stakes are high, and stellar character is required. My vision defines the parameters that I live by.”
- “The impossible becomes possible for you only as you carefully observe and faithfully obey the direction of the Holy Spirit.”
- “A lot of times, our greatest fears are rooted in personal insecurities. The perspective of faith enables us to see who we truly are in Christ.”
- “Healthy confidence is born out of genuine humility. Confidence without humility is arrogance. Humility without confidence is weakness.”
- “The great things God will do through you are going to grow in the soil of persistence, prayer, obedience, and sacrifice.”
I’m really excited that I have the privilege of being a blog stop for this book and as part of the tour stop, Pastor Steven provided some addition insight’s for the readers of my blog as well as a couple of giveaways. Enjoy!
When I was in college, I came across a paradigm-shattering concept in a book called The Knowledge of the Holy, by a twentieth-century writer named A. W. Tozer. Tozer emphatically says that your view of God is the most important thing about you. More than anything else, the scope and impact of your life is going to be determined by who you believe God to be.
I couldn’t agree more. In Sun Stand Still, I invite my readers to believe that they are made to experience the miraculous on a regular basis. To believe that audacious faith and impossible prayers are not reserved just for the juggernauts of faith in the Bible. To believe that they could leave a God-sized impact on the world.
But as I wrote my book, I became convinced that if we are going to take impossible risks for God and make this kind of an impact, we had better know that he has the resources to get his will accomplished on earth. Otherwise our miniscule vision of God will short-circuit our faith.
After all, if God is not able to do the impossible, to accomplish the miraculous, why waste your breath asking him to do so? Faith in a God who is not able to deliver on what he has promised is not audacious. It’s absurd. If I were in financial trouble, I wouldn’t go to a college student to bail me out. I’d approach someone with a balance sheet that was more robust than mine. Anything else would be a waste of time.
The thing is, no prayer of faith to a great God is a waste of time. And that’s because the measure of God’s abilities will always surpass the measure of our audacity. No prayer is too big for our God. No vision too sweeping. No risk too great. God has never been nervous about his ability to live up to our faith in him. And this amazing fact invites us to believe him for the kind of requests and goals that most people would consider outside the realm of possibility.
If there is no limit to what God can do, then there is also no limit to what we can dream or pray or accomplish in his service.
After all, our God is the One who spoke the universe into existence. Then he stooped down and measured it with his hand (Isaiah 40:12). Did you know that scientists have found stars that are as large in circumference as the entire orbit of Jupiter? Yet God did not spend a single ounce of energy in creating them. He simply said, “Let them be.” And they were.
Our God is the One who leveled Jericho’s walls while Joshua and the children of Israel walked laps in childlike obedience.
Our God is the One who made the sun stand still.
The God of the Bible can do whatever he pleases. And what pleases him is to show off his power for his glory and renown.
In Sun Stand Still, I’m going to challenge you to give him the opportunity. Dream God-worthy dreams. Pray faith-fueled prayers. And live a life that can be explained only by the existence of a God who is infinitely great.
So, I’m thinking you’ve probably been challenged enough to check this out… Sun Stand Still officially releases next week, so go order your copy HERE.
I’m also giving TWO copies away here on the blog.
To be entered to win a copy:
a) leave a comment about what impossible dream you want to believe God for,
b) twitter this post.
Winners will be announced Sunday, 9/19.
I’m excited to see how God can use a group of people who dare to have audacious faith!
Jenni, this book is going to be a game changer for a lot of saints–including me. My impossible dream is quite simple:
(1) plant churches that plant churches for a community here on long island no one knows what to do with
(2) start a Bible Institute to train local and international pastors and church leaders b/c honestly, the seminary produces great professors but its the local church that births and releases God-appointed and anointed leaders into new ministries
(3) create a nurturing network for women church planters (there simply isnt one, lol) who love God, avoid political agendas and partner with our brothers in the gospel who are Christ-centered and have the same heart for planting God-centered, Spirit-led churches.
Yep, this vision is looking mighty impossible for a high school English and History teacher, lol. But God….
Wow! Big stuff… I love it. Praying for you!
My impossible dream is to be a world-wide speaker and author (a la Max Lucado and more and more Pete Wilson 😉 ) to encourage His people to hope in difficult times that He's there always. To take stories of the struggles I and my family have faced and overcome through Him and show people that even in the darkest times God was at work. To stand on a stage in front of 100,000 people in an arena and tell them that no matter what each one of them is facing right now that God is in it and working within their lives. That in that room are 100,000 different stories all told by the same master storyteller who's letting us live out a new chapter every single day.
I know…it's silly and especially when you consider my past track record and my current situation. But God's God, right? The guy created the universe. He can use me if He wants to.
Praying for you, Jason!
Impossible dream – being a Mommy. Would love to read this book. I'll definitely order it if I don't win. Thanks Jenni!
Praying for your dream!
My dream? That I would be used to reach 1000's for God because of all I've been through in my life. What that looks like? Well, God has given me a vision….
When Steven Furtick originally did this sermon about 3 yrs ago I happened to be at Elevation for the day, meeting staff, learning the backstage stuff, setting up, etc–'Sun Stand Still' has resonated with me since–I can't wait to get my hands on the book!
My only dream is to actually fulfull his dream for me.
Great perspective, Amy!
Being used by God again in full-time ministry…
Praying with you for that Jason!
Seeing my extended family saved. None of them truly know Jesus.
Praying that one with you Pastor Tom!
Discover and put God given dreams and talents to work.
Love that! I share that one with you!
My dream is to see my children reach others for God through their abilities in sports/music. And for me to do the same through art and teaching.
Very cool, Deborah. I can't imagine the feeling of seeing your kids reach others with the Gospel.
I'm a student pastor who desperately wants to see the students of our city reached. 100% of them. And eventually to have them all in one place (an arena), worshipping our King together. That's my dream without a doubt!
Powerful picture Mark!
My impossible dream is to plant a church that meets in multiple locations, at multiple times and on multiple days of the week. And all in a rural community north of Nashville of about 1,300. And to see radical followers of Jesus make an impact in an beyond our community for all the right reasons.
Love that Josh!
My dream is to open a coffee house community center coop where people can come for hope and restoration and coffee!
My impossible dream would be that my husband, Dwayne, would regain his sight after losing it earlier this year. If that not be God's plan, then I pray that He would open new doors of ministry that will allow him to use this experience and his disability to glorify God!
My God dream is to start a church that God uses to change the landscape of Hong Kong. I believe HK is THE MOST strategic city in the world and if God can use a church to change that city…..He will change the entire world. My wife and I are beginning to make plans now and it'll take a lot of 'But God' prayers to be answered. "What God originates, God orchestrates" is what I've been resting a lot lately
I tweeted this post!!
Hope I'm not too late! I tweeted this!
My impossible dream is to operate a home based business so that I can stay home with my son and future children! With God all things are possible!
My dream is bring a Newspring Campus to Oconee County, SC, and to serve as campus pastor.
My impossible dream is seeing 3000 people become followers of Christ in one day. Also our new church plant is praying for 30 families to join us by January.
I tweeted this & my impossible dream is to see a family that I tutor come to Christ and write a book.
Impossible dream: God has gifted my husband and I with the abilities to work with children and adolescents with disabilities. We also have musical abilities. We often dream of one day opening a home/school/respite spot for parents and children…especially with the diagnosis of Autism.
We would also like to have children of our own, but as of yet, that hasn’t been in God’s plan.
We dream that we stay within the will God has planned for us and move in the directions he wishes us to go…we are knee deep in a church plant and trusting in Him to use us as He needs to help fulfill His ultimate mission.
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