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Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life.

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Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?

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 one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us:

Very truly I tell
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Published September 4th 2012 by Multnomah
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Oct 13, 2012 Mathew rated it it was ok
2 out of 5 Stars
Author: Steven Furtick
Publisher: Multnomah
Reading Level: Leisure

I haven’t read Furtick’s other book but everything I heard was either unbridled praise or scorn. I don’t know if Greater deserves either of those extremes. I found some portions of the book helpful but most of it was self-help knitted into the story of Elisha--which is weird. He seems self-aware that his message is primarily one of self-empowerment while rejecting “self-help” as a title. For instance Furtick says,
Deena Shoemaker
Oct 18, 2012 Deena Shoemaker rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book, for me, was about a 4 star rating.
I really liked what Furtick had to say. And it helps a lot that he's a pretty funny guy.

It makes a lot of sense, what Furtick had to say about God's plans for our lives. We are destined for greater things than we could ever imagine through Christ. But we aren't just going to wake up one day in height of our lives. We've got to start small, take it one step at a time, because that's how faith works -- putting one foot in front of the other with both
Aug 09, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
In Greater, Steven Furtick provided clarity on believing that Christians will do greater things for God’s kingdom through the power of Jesus. God wants us to be willing to assist the wounded and the hurting. Steven Furtick encouraged readers to not settle for mediocrity living but to achieve and go after the greater lifestyle. He articulated his point by describing how the Prophet Elijah was told by God to employ Elisha as the next prophet after him. Elisha was a common man plowing a field with ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Ted rated it it was ok
In his most recent book, Greater, Steven Furtick draws from both modern illustrations and the biblical story of Elisha to encourage believers against wasting their lives on lesser things. By placing their faith in God, he argues, they will achieve things beyond “good enough,” beyond the “vague and unrealistic aspirations” of “greatness (9).” “When you live this way—the greater way…” he continues, “God’s greatness will not just be working around you—it will start working through you (14).”

A Stron
Oct 03, 2012 Chris rated it did not like it
Greater – Steven Furtick
This has been a difficult book to read. Not having read his previous book, and not really knowing who Steven Furtick is (pastor of a church is all I initially knew) I decided to do some research into the author.
As with many of this type of book, it starts off slow and picks up from there. There are many points that are made which are valid and helpful as there are some that I found falling flat.
I guess my biggest issue with the book is that I find it hard to reconcile wit
Feb 09, 2013 Mel rated it it was amazing
This book is about how God wants us to pursue the Greater life and God-given dreams He has called us to. Through the story of the Old Testament prophet Elisha, Pastor Furtick explores how Elisha’s faith in God enabled him to not only fulfill the work that God wanted him to do but also created the man God wanted Elisha to be. Through the story of Elisha it is illustrated how God can do so much with us despite that we may not believe so. Pastor Furtick also speaks of the moments on the journey whe ...more
Michelle Buchnowski-dorobiala
This is the perfect book when you want to reflect on your life and go bigger. I recommend that you use the questions at the end of each chapter and journal your reflections. This book will help you move confidently in the direction of
God's plan for your life.
Jonathan Esterman
Jan 11, 2015 Jonathan Esterman rated it really liked it
Dream bigger. Start smaller. Ignite G-d's vision for your life. That's the subtitle to this book (obviously), and it sums up Furtick's message to readers quite nicely. The book opens up with a killer statement, however, that forces the reader to rethink themselves and realize that the book is far from over: "I used to want to do great things for G-d. That was before I found something greater." At first read, I had wondered what that meant. Did I have it all wrong? Maybe the author did. The autho ...more
Jun 24, 2014 Edmond rated it really liked it
Cover from AmazonEven though Elisha was Elijah's predecessor with double the portion of the spirit that was with Elijah, Elisha remains in biblical history obscurity. The Lord enabled him to do some great miracles, but rarely is the name of Elisha mentioned as the prime profit. Elisha was greater yet obscure. This paradox of divine greatness is what Steven Furtick the pastor of the rapidly growing mega-church, Elevation Church explores in his New York Bestseller book. Through personal experience ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Belindachaplin rated it it was amazing
I managed to finish off two of my "book review" books and figure if I don't get the reviews up on my blog now, who knows when I will get the chance. I was reading them all this time in parallel and decided that they have enough in common to put them together on my blog...

The first book is "GREATER" by Steven Furtick:

He is a pastor of a church called Elevation and his book has a lot of resources that go along with it (found on this website: The book tells some of his story
Ann Cuddy
Aug 21, 2014 Ann Cuddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Most of us aren’t in danger of ruining our lives, we’re in danger of wasting them. Are you dissatisfied with the kind of Christian life you’ve settled for? If you are tired of cul-de-sac Christianity or self-help pseudo solutions, today is the day God’s greater plan for your life begins in full force.”

Greater by Pastor Steven Furtick arrived at my door a few weeks ago. I didn’t have a chance to begin reading it until two days ago. This book arrived on exactly the day that it was supposed to… an
Jan 06, 2014 Alex rated it liked it
“This book… is for people who sense that God has something more for them but they don’t know what it is. Or they feel stuck and don’t know how to get to where God is calling them to be.” – Steven Furtick

As is pretty typical with books of the “Dream Big” ideology, Furtick uses plenty of pop-culture references and light-hearted, feel-good stories to help make his points. If you’re looking for a back-to-basics study for your small group, or you’re just starting to figure out where God wants you and
Dec 15, 2014 Meghan rated it liked it
I requested this book and when I got it I was extremely first review! a North Carolina author! and many of my colleagues had talked about this book. Then I took my academic approach and childhood, as well as college, memories of bible studies and checked the back of the book. It showed me that this was not just a christian book, but an "immersive experience." There was a CD that was suggested to go along with the book so that the reader could get the most of the experience.

Well I d
Dec 19, 2014 Cliff rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
Why does the book exist?

Steven Furtick’s basic premise is that “most of us are not in danger of ruining their lives, we’re in danger of wasting them.”

This book promises not to be just another “self-help psuedo solution” but to “give you 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.”

Does he succeed in all this? Maybe I’m getting old, but this book reads like it comes from the ex
Aug 02, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regular people, minsters, pastors, and/or Christians.
In modern society, we all yearn to be faster, smarter, and greater than the person next to us. However, modern society is riled with flaws that lead humanity away from God. In Steven Furtick’s book, “Greater,” Furtick addresses relinquishing control of one’s life and turning over our will over to that of God’s will.

We can either choose to ignore God, turn away from Him, and wonder why our lives are miserable or, we can burn the plows within our lives and open ourselves up to God and His map for
Brenten Gilbert
Life offers so many distractions. In the age of multi-tasking, it's hard to find anyone willing to focus on anything exclusively for very long at all. When's the last time you had an uninterrupted conversation with someone? When's the last time you were able to give your full attention to any one thing. When's the last time you composed a letter or blog post without stopping to check your email? (Guilty, and it was just a couple pieces of SPAM.) And yet, in spite of all the "increased productivi ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
Greater is written by Pastor Steven Furtick.
God has called us to live the life that Jesus came to give us. It is a full life and a joyful life. Too many times Christians live in the just getting by or the mediocre status quo. We like to live not by faith but by sight. We think that we do better when we can see where we are going or when we are in control of our circumstances.

Control is an illusion.

Furtick uses the prophet Elisha as an example of what a life completely surrendered to God looks li
Oct 16, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of us want to achieve greatness, but according to Steven Furtick this is a vague and unrealistic goal of being better that doesn't really work. There are so many ways that the world and even the church define greatness that it's impossible to know what it will really take to become great. On the other hand, there are plenty of us who are just trying to get by. We live in the world of good enough and live a life of mediocrity. Furtick suggest that instead being good enough or shoot for the v ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Faye rated it liked it
Greater is a book about not settling for the everyday average mediocrity, but striving for something Greater.

To be honest this book didn't really hook me, the book seemed to meander around the point a bit too much for my personal taste. While this book did have a good premise, I felt that the points could have been stronger, and there were multiple times when I felt like he had it all set up, but didn't drive it home.

Mr. Furtick did a great job of illustrating his topic with stories that gentl
Jan 03, 2015 Sally rated it it was amazing
By: Steven Furtick

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I expected to be motivated to be more than I was before I read the book, but I didn’t know what that would entail. This book, Greater, has changed how I look at things.

In the beginning, Furtick states, “I want you simply to ask the Lord, in this moment, to begin to open your eyes—by faith—and help you perceive that He has greater things in store for your future.” Do you know what God wants you to be doing fo
Edwina Cowgill
Oct 15, 2012 Edwina Cowgill rated it it was amazing
“Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is Greater? . . .If you sense that you were meant for more but feel stuck where you are, Greater will 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.”

Steven Furtick has written another inspiring, life-changing book. Greater is based on John 14:12 “Very truly I say unto
Jul 06, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I finished reading Greater by Steven Furtick on Wednesday, but to really let it all sink in, I waited until today to write the book review. I found that Greater has principles of wisdom that can help you build a greater life by focusing on the tagline of Furtick's message:

"Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's vision for your life." - Stephen Furtick, Greater (front cover)

But how do you do that? Furtick tells you the first step in the process is to "burn the plows." It means two things: get
Oct 25, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
This book is for people who are wasting their lives and may not even know it.

When I began reading this book I thought, "Oh great, another Christian author trying to pass off motivational speeches as Christ-like." As I got further into the readings, I came to appreciate what Furtick wanted to say.

By using the life and stories of Elisha, we see what it means by living a greater life. In the end, this felt like reading 12 sermons by Pastor Furtick. But that isn't so bad. The stories are fun to reli
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Jul 14, 2013 Henk-Jan van der Klis rated it really liked it
Many books have been written on greatness, chasing dreams, being effective or successful. Think of the influence Steve Jobs had on you and me, and what we thought after he passed away. Steven Furtick doesn’t believe in one liners on motivational posters or inspirational images on Pinterest. He invites to open your imagination to the possibility that Gods has a vision for your life that is greater. Why? Because Jesus Christ promises us that with His help we believers may do greater things than He ...more
Cameron Rebarchek
Apr 27, 2015 Cameron Rebarchek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-life
I appreciate Steven Furtick. As a young pastor and author, he is able to bring along relevant applications and sound Scriptural teaching. Honestly, and unfortunately, that’s not common. In his newest book, “Greater,” he does it again. Through twelve chapters, Furtick takes a closer look at the life of Elisha as he calls us not to live a great life, but a greater life. As he mentions early in the book, “Jesus isn’t calling us to be greater than He is; He’s calling us to be greater with Him throug ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
I received this book, Greater, by Steven Furtick for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. It will be on sale September 4, 2012.

Have you ever pondered Jesus words in John 14:12, where he says "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" (NIV).

These words of Jesus are what came to Steven Furtick's mind as he thought about the death of Steve Jobs. Bringing h
Nov 14, 2014 John rated it really liked it
This books gets a 6 star on readability and practicality. Furtick delves into the life and ministry of the prophet Elisha to uncover how a person can take the next steps in effectiveness. He doesn't ignore the difficult challenges of disappointment as we stretch to do greater achievement for God. This book is great for anyone who is trying to discern that next step in life.
Aug 17, 2016 Bausi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are still unsure of what it means to be greater with God, then this is a great book for you! Filled with encouraging words and testimonies that will definitely lift up your spirit on how to see yourself greater in a new dimension. If you know that you have a Great God, then here you will understand that you can do great things!

Good thing I like about Pastor Steven is how he shares testimonies that will make the message easier for the readers to absorb -- where things become more practica
Emil Bredahl
Oct 30, 2012 Emil Bredahl rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was absolutely great. I have read a lot of books in my life and honestly a lot of them has been close to this one, but what made this book slightly different was the focus of the book. I think a lot of other books that I have read have all had a focus at the person who is reading the book but this book had its focus differently. I loved the Whole story about Elijah and Elisha. It spoke into my life and it really ministered to me in GREAT and powerful ways. I love his writing ...more
Ada Goldstein
Jul 13, 2015 Ada Goldstein rated it did not like it
The Furticks are basically the Kardashians of Christianity. Please don't buy this, you'll just be contributing to the carbon footprint of a house that has seven bathrooms for five people. Now that's an offense against God's creation. Hopefully we don't all go extinct due to idiots like this.
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Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, named by Outreach magazine as one of the top 10 fastest growing churches in the nation. In four years, Elevation has grown to more than 6,000 people in regular attendance in three locations. Steven holds a degree in communication from North Greenville University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Sou ...more
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