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Greater
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Greater
Dream bigger. Start smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life
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New York Times bestseller
Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to give you the confidence to know that nothing is impossible with God, the clarity to see the next step He's calling you to take, and the courage to do anything He tells you to do.

Most of us aren't in danger of ruining our lives, but we are in danger of wasting them. We all have honest moments when we're gripped by a desire to feel that what we're doing matters more. That who we are matters more. And according to John 14:12, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us: "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

That single promise—"even greater things than these"—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness...then settled into a life that's just good enough.

But God has a vision for your life that is Greater. God is ready to accomplish a greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach—beyond anything you see in yourself on your best day, but exactly what God has seen in you all along.

In Greater, Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to empower you to:
• Take a God-given dream from idea to reality
• Stretch your limited resources and abilities in ways you never thought possible
• Replace the images of yourself that keep you feeling stuck in the past
• Make a significant impact with your life starting today, rather than making endless plans for tomorrow that you never get around to

If you're tired of being ordinary, it's time to dream bigger. If you're feeling overwhelmed about where to begin, it's time to start smaller. It's time to ignite God's Greater vision for your life.


New York Times bestseller
Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to give you the confidence to know that nothing is impossible with God, the clarity to see the next step He's calling you to take, and the courage to do anything He tells you to do.

Most of us aren't in danger of ruining our lives, but we are in danger of wasting them. We all have honest moments when we're gripped by a desire to feel that what we're doing matters more. That who we are matters more. And according to John 14:12, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us: "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

That single promise—"even greater things than these"—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness...then settled into a life that's just good enough.

But God has a vision for your life that is Greater. God is ready to accomplish a greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach—beyond anything you see in yourself on your best day, but exactly what God has seen in you all along.

In Greater, Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to empower you to:
• Take a God-given dream from idea to reality
• Stretch your limited resources and abilities in ways you never thought possible
• Replace the images of yourself that keep you feeling stuck in the past
• Make a significant impact with your life starting today, rather than making endless plans for tomorrow that you never get around to

If you're tired of being ordinary, it's time to dream bigger. If you're feeling overwhelmed about where to begin, it's time to start smaller. It's time to ignite God's Greater vision for your life.


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    Steve and MeI used to want to do great things for God. That was before I found something greater.

    My mom says she'll always remember that she was sitting in a social studies class when the loudspeaker beeped and crackled and someone announced that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. All the kids would be going home for the day.

    I wonder if I'll always remember that my two sons and I had just shared kung pao shrimp at P.F. Chang's when I
    stopped in my tracks on the way out the door. I had to make sure I had correctly read the words that were scrolling across every television within sight:

    Apple founder Steve Jobs--dead at 56.

    I can't explain why, but my hands were shaky and sweaty as I pulled my iPhone out of my pocket to verify.

    One of the first things I saw was a statement from President Obama. He said that Steve Jobs "was among the greatest of American innovators." That "he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world."

    Then I looked at my Twitter time line to see what the rest of the world was saying about Jobs. Everybody seemed to be weighing in. The outpouring was overwhelming.

    "R.I.P. Steve Jobs. You led the world into the 21st century."

    "R.I.P. Steve Jobs. You improved life as we know it."

    "Steve Jobs--On behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try to change the world, you will be missed."

    I suddenly felt the urge to tweet my own thoughts about his passing. But it felt melodramatic for me to share some deep thought about a person I'd never met. Still, he was the greatest business leader of my lifetime. So I fired off a three-word tweet:

    Steven Furtick @stevenfurtick 5 Oct
    "What a life."

    My next thoughts made my stomach hurt. Or was it the kung pao? Either way, I got downright introspective. I was
    wrestling with a tension:

    Steve Jobs was a great man. He changed the world through technology.

    I'm a pastor. I have a mission to change the world through the gospel.

    But am I really achieving that mission? I'm doing well by some standards, I guess.

    I love Jesus. I have integrity. I love my family.

    But still...

    I'm not redefining an industry. I'm not accomplishing one of the greatest feats in human history. So what am I really doing? That matters? That will matter?

    That will set my life apart?

    In short, I was processing the nauseating feeling that, when I stack it all up, I don't feel like I'm anything close to being the great man of God I want to be. Some days, actually, I feel like I sort of suck as a Christian. I didn't tweet any of that. But I couldn't stop thinking it.

    I'm guessing you've had thoughts like that too. I'm not saying you want to be the next Steve Jobs or build your own
    technology empire. But I think we all have these honest moments when we're gripped by a desire to feel that what we're doing matters more. That who we are matters more. A few hours later, after I tucked my boys into bed and
    prayed for them, I sat on my bed and opened my MacBook.

    For some reason I felt compelled to pull up a certain Bible verse. It's one of the most staggering statements Jesus ever made.

    I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

    I'd read that verse so many times. But I had a new context for it.

    And it sliced me with the edge of fresh challenge. Greater things than Jesus, the greatest man who ever lived? What does that...

About the Author-
  • STEVEN FURTICK is the New York Times best-selling author of Sun Stand Still, Greater, Crash the Chatterbox, and (Un)Qualified. He is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, which since its founding in 2006, has grown to multiple locations across several states. He preaches around the world and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steven and his wife, Holly, have three children.
    Follow him on social media @StevenFurtick.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 9, 2012
    The death of Apple founder Steve Jobs prompted megachurch pastor and author Furtick (Sun Stand Still) to read a saying of Jesus Christ about doing great things. Jesus claimed ambitiously that disciples will not only do things they see him do but “will do greater things.” Furtick weaves stories of his own life with that of the prophet Elisha, the lesser known successor of Elijah. The spiritual fodder that Furtick squeezes from his story and that of Elisha is impressive. Furtick is self-deprecating and unguarded as he relates stories of his “lesser loser life” and shows how to move from “good enough” or even “greatness” to “greater,” which is a way of living that exceeds human effort through the power of God. Like many sermons turned book chapters, the book is full of personal and Bible stories, but seems patched together. Still, Furtick’s laugh-out-loud turn of phrase, enthusiasm, and faith pops even in print. A chapter-by-chapter discussion guide with questions for church groups or individual study and a short piece of advice on how to start small round out the book.

  • Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, Gainesville, GA, and New York Times best-selling author of Fasting "Writes Steven Furtick, 'Good enough leaves you stuck in stagnation. Grasping for greatness leads to endless frustration. But greater is a third way.' My advice? Don't waste another second to embrace the third way. In Greater, Steven shows you that God's vision for your life is ready to be ignited. Go ahead--strike the match!"
  • Kerry Shook, senior pastor of Woodlands Church, Houston, TX, and coauthor of the New York Times best-selling One Month to Live and the national bestseller Love at Last Sight "If you ever felt like you were meant for more yet have settled for less in life, then Steven Furtick's new book, Greater, is for you! Its proven biblical insights and practical applications will put you on your path to the greater life."
  • Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Oklahoma City, OK, and author of Soul Detox and Dare to Drop the Pose "Most people crave more out of life and sense there is a greater reason for our existence. Pastor Steven's new book, Greater, is the perfect book to stir your faith, build your spiritual confidence, and inspire you toward the unique calling for your life. If you read only one book this year, make it Greater."
  • John Bevere, best-selling author of Relentless and The Bait of Satan "My friend Steven Furtick has an insatiable passion for the church to discover the fullness of life in Christ. In Sun Stand Still, Steven dared us to pray audacious prayers and believe God for the impossible. Now in Greater, he walks us through what it looks like to live out an audacious life--a life marked by nothing less than greatness God's way!"
  • Stovall Weems, "Steven Furtick boldly pursues God with audacious faith like no one else I know. He is unapologetic about allowing God to accomplish greater things through him. This book will inspire you to do the same. To reach for greater. To believe for greater. To be greater."
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