Sun Stand Still is about obtaining and building an audacious faith and believing that God is able to do all things. When we have faith that God can still do the impossible in our lives we stop fearing and worrying about the unknown. Steven Furtick explained that he prayed bold prayers to God in believing that he would answer them. He prayed that he would lead many people to Christ and transformation would occur in their lives. He decided to move to North Carolina with seven other families. They started working towards building a church for Christ’s Kingdom. He eventually achieved one of his innumerable dreams and foundered Elevation Church, which now has over six thousand attendees every Sunday. This book is about planning a “Page 23 Vision” for your future destiny. It’s extremely imperative that you make up your mind, pray bold prayers, and be determined to focus on where you’re head and not on your past. Don’t disqualify and factor out the power of God’s ability. Some examples of Page 23 visions included were waiting until you’re married to have sex (that means no test driving before the wedding), staying away from alcohol and drugs, and not letting criticism defeat your purpose. You must have a vision that seems impossible where when it comes to pass you realize that God was always working behind the scenes. It’s not by our strength but it’s by the grace of God and his power that we are capable to complete and go after our dreams.
The concept of the book comes from the biblical story Joshua. After Moses died, Joshua was given the leadership position of leading the Israelites to the Promise Land. They encountered the Amorites and Joshua lead an attack to conquer and win the battle. The sun was about to go down and Joshua prayed that God would make the sun stand still where they could attain victory over the Amorites armies. God held the sun in place for an entire day and the Israelites defeated their enemies. This book is an encouragement to believers to never doubt that God can perform miracles and answer impossible prayers.
One of my favorite quotes was:
“You will never know what it is like to experience God’s power in this way until you have the audacity to believe and pray and act in confidence that our God is a God of the impossible” (Page 77).
Steven Furtick shared a personally story that I thought added a great aspect to the book. He started out in college as believing that his dormitory roommates would be saved and become a follower of Christ. He was a college student who didn’t have much money. But he decided to be a blessing to his surrounding dormitory residents despite what he perceived he lacked. He gave God everything he had and brought food to share regularly with dormitory! He didn’t see any results for quite a while and no one was giving their whole life to Christ. But somehow God provided a way to for Steven to buy food to share when there seem to be no way. He didn’t have to turn anybody away. Slowly and over time some of the residents of the dormitory asked him to pray for them. But it still took time for some of them to finally decide that they wanted the love of God Steven had! He gave God what he could, prayed, and expected God to provide for the funds and salvation to be acquired throughout his dormitory. The lesson to take away from this is never give up and don’t settle and believe that there isn’t a way for your dreams and desires to come to pass. God is well able to conquer the impossible!
I would recommend this inspiring book to readers who doubt that God has an extraordinary purpose and a destiny for them to fulfill. The book will benefit readers into learning how to pray and asking God for big dreams to come to pass. We should all be praying for big bolder dreams that would take an act of God to complete. The dreams may be to restore a relationship, to go out on a date again, get married, conceive children, wayward children to return home, finish your college degree, healing, finances to prosper, salvation for people you know, careers, and any other desires of your heart you may have. This book had shown me that God loves me and cares about everything I pray about. PRAY BIG! Another important element that Steven pointed out was to remember to be specific in our prayers and not to remain in general. We have to not be afraid to ask for what we truly want. The book helped me to see that I was guilty in praying God, help me, but I see now that I can ask for bigger things! We couldn’t go to our best friend and ask help for assistance if we didn’t say what we needed help with. Yes, God is all knowing but why don’t be just be real and state what we are going through and what our dreams are! Most of the time we let fears control us and we struggle to believe and we doubt in our faith. We serve a God who can move that mountain and he is well able to help us! This book is an astonishing resource to help readers to pray, believe, and work towards achieving the dreams God has placed inside your heart!
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.
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