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Friday, May 30, 2014

Crash the Chatterbox Review

Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others Description:

Inside your head and heart is a chatterbox. Its lies are keeping you from realizing your God-given potential. But what can you do about them?

The Voice You Listen to Will Determine the Future You Experience 

 In Crash the Chatterbox, Pastor Steven Furtick focuses on four key areas in which negative thoughts are most debilitating:
           and discouragement.

He asks, “What great deeds are in danger of remaining undone in your life because of lies that were planted in your past or fears that are looming in your future?” With personal stories, inspiring examples, and practical strategies, Pastor Furtick will show you how to silence the lies and embrace the freeing affirmation of God. Learn how to live out God’s truth no matter what is going on in your life or thoughts. Learn how to crash the chatterbox…and hear God’s voice above all others.

My Review:
I'll admit it.  The chatterbox chatters incessantly in my mind.  Doubt, condemnation, and insecurity have a monologue that repeats so much that when I don't hear it I feel like something is missing.  Not a proud thing for me to admit, but it's true.  But I want it to stop.  I want to not hear those voices anymore, to be able to stand on God's word and eliminate the rest.  If you are looking for the same thing, this book is for you.....but you won't find the answer that you think you want.

Pastor Steven Furtick tells it like it is, weaving his own chatterbox experiences with Scripture and sound advice.  He first discusses the different ways that the chatterbox attacks, where those voices truly come from, and what the true purpose of those negative thoughts are.  To be honest I think that there was to much time spent here.  I even put the book down for quite some time as I was tired of reading about how the thoughts were placed there to draw me from God, even if there was some truth to them they weren't Truth.

And then the second half kicks in and it makes the book well worth the read.  Let me give you my "ah ha" moment.  These voices will NEVER go away.  If anything, if I am walking with God and growing in my faith, they will attempt to become louder.  Now before you get discouraged, that's not a bad thing.  If those chatterbox voices are getting quiet it may mean that my focus isn't on God and there isn't a reason for them to distract me.  I just have to remember where to focus my thoughts, that whole take every thought captive and whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report think on these things thing.  (2 Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 4:8)

So, long book to make a simple point.  Still, I have read those two verses several times and yet I was letting the chatterbox tear me down.  I needed the step by step breakdown and the reminder that I am not the only one experiencing this.  (Even Mother Teresa did!!!)

I like that there are discussion questions at the end of the book which would make this an easy group study.  Or you can take it a step further and purchase the Crash the Chatterbox DVD and the Crash the Chatterbox Participant's Guide.  You can also watch Pastor Furtick's six part sermon series for free at this link.

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