Do you see yourself as God sees you?

05 Feb

UnqualifiedBook Review: (Un)qualified: How God uses broken people to do big things, by Steven Furtick

How would you describe yourself? “I am …” Would you focus more on your weaknesses and limitations, or on your strengths? Would your description be similar or different to how God describes you?

Those questions are at the heart of Steven Furtick’s latest book,       (Un)qualified: How God uses broken people to do big things. The author believes that most of us focus on our weaknesses and conclude that we are unqualified to do anything for God. But as Scripture points out, God loves unqualified people and does some of his best work in and through them.

The author explains that the book came about after years of wrestling with the questions of self-acceptance and self-improvement. However, it is not your typical self-help book.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by your failures or exasperated by your weaknesses, this book is for you. But let me warn you, I’m not going to tell you fifteen ways to fix yourself in fifteen minutes a day. I’m not going to give you ten principles of perfection or seven secrets to success.

I want to do something that is, I hope, a lot more valuable.

I want to be real.

Real about struggles. Real about sin. Real about who God is and about who we are and about who we aren’t. Real about self-esteem and self-help and about how sometimes we can’t seem to fix certain things … and maybe we aren’t supposed to.

This is a book about finding and embracing who you are in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning how to let God use your mess for your benefit.

Like the author’s other books, this one is filled with entertaining stories, good principles, and Scriptural examples. The last third of the book is stronger biblically when the author tells the story of the patriarch, Jacob.

As a pastor and teacher, I know there are two ways to teach truth. You can teach stories and principles and illustrate them with Scripture or you can teach Scripture and principles and illustrate them with stories. In my opinion, this book falls into the first category. While the book is interesting, it is another example of “Bible Lite.”

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Books, Quotes


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