Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Blog #4

Hayley Boes
Composition 105

Crash the Chatterbox
Steven Furtick
Multnomah Books, 2014
210 pages

“The chatterbox takes what is glorious and ruins it. But God takes what is ruined and turns it into something glorious.” Page 123

This quotation explains what Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick is all about. The chatterbox, the constant noise in our head that tries to redirect our attention to focus on the world instead of God, takes any thought you can think of and turns it into something negative. Pastor Furtick teaches us how to combat those negative thoughts with the Word of God. Through God’s unconditional love, He comforts us and helps us find the good in tough situations.

In the third section of Crash the Chatterbox, Pastor Furtick teaches readers how to overpower the lies of condemnation. The chatterbox often places shame and guilt in our hearts, but God tells us that it’s okay to make mistakes and that he still loves us no matter what. It is important for us to own up to our sin and not blame others; consider the sin personal. Sin is our personal responsibility, but it doesn’t define us. With Christ in our hearts, we are free from the bondage of lies of condemnation.

In the final section of Crash the Chatterbox, Pastor Furtick teaches readers how to overcome discouragement. The chatterbox never takes breaks; it’s always on. It’s our responsibility to battle against that chatter. Pastor Furtick uses many examples from the Bible of discouraging events in many of the prophets’ lives. These men were messengers of Christ and they still went through tough times and were even executed for doing their duty. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4). Pastor Furtick reminds readers that in order to overcome discouragement, we must first be thankful for what we currently have. By praising God, you are reminded of all the good that you have, which overpowers the negative thoughts of discouragement.

In order to overpower insecurities, fears, condemnation, and discouragement, you must be willing to constantly fight against the chatterbox using God’s Word. The chatterbox never rests, and neither should you. The more you practice combating these negative thoughts, the easier it becomes. The Enemy will present you with negative situations and negative thoughts. Take those situations and thoughts and turn them around; think of the good that can come out of them. This is the only way to destroy the Enemy’s grip on you. God supplies you with the weapons to fight the battle against the chatterbox. A positive and aggressive mindset and faith in Christ will destroy the chatterbox, the noise of the world. Once the chatterbox is destroyed, you can begin to hear God’s voice above all others.

I plan to use the advice given in this book in my daily life in order to overcome fear, insecurities, condemnation, and discouragement. I enjoyed this book because I felt like I needed a boost in my spiritual life.

I would recommend this book to Christians who need a boost of inspiration in their spiritual life. Readers who enjoy this book may also enjoy Greater by Steven Furtick. Greater explains to readers that God has a plan for everybody and that you can't rely on your own timing and own plans because God already knows what he has planned for you for the rest of your life.

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