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Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,842 ratings  ·  147 reviews
If you're not daring to believe god for the impossible, you may be sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian Life.

"This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hidin
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Multnomah Books (first published September 15th 2010)
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Mark
Before I start this review, I need to tell you that I was a big fan of Steven Furtick before he put a single word down on paper. I first heard him speak last September on The Nines, an online conference put on by Leadership Network...

Now, I realize that he may or may not be your cup of tea - he's definitely got a "grew up in the South & around church" vibe - but that video cut through a morass of self-pity & frustration in my ministry & life. He blends "inside baseball" humor (well,
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Joon Park
Pastor Steven Furtick is regularly criticized for his lax use of Scripture, his shaky theology, and his over-eager charm, but there is no denying he is gifted and talented. While I'm somewhat in the Reformed camp who has claimed doctrinal war against guys like Furtick, I personally love his ministry. I appreciate what he does. I download podcasts from Mark Driscoll, Matt Chandler, Timothy Keller, James MacDonald, and anyone else you'd call conservative, but my odd blip on the iPod is Steven Furt ...more
Brian
I read about 60% of the book and then I decided enough was enough. The book contained the shallow individualistic type of theology that unfortunately is to be expected of popular evangelical books. Furtick makes some good points in the book and the style is easy enough to read. But there is nothing profound in this book that you couldn't find all over the place.

The individualism that permeates this book is very disappointing and encourages the view that it is just you and God against the world.
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Mike
Every once in a while you read a book that intersects with where you are in life in such a way that it's almost conversational. This has been that book for me. It has encouraged me on my journey.
Thomas
When I saw Steven Furtick at the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit this year, I was drawn in by his personality. You could tell that he believed he could change the world. This book helps one to dig deeper into his mindset.

I feel genuinely encouraged in my walk.
Dave Courtney
The first time I had heard of Steven Furtick was when I picked up this book. Evidently he is a pastor of a very large and successful Church and movement in the southern states. Admittedly, even in first picking up this book and perusing the first few chapters it is hard to get a complete picture of the man and his methodology. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising to find many who might be prone to reading a certain degree of cynicism in to what at first glance gives the appearance of a superficial ...more
Steven Gagne
"Audacious faith" - that is the key phrase in Steven Furtick's Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible . The subtitle says it all - What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible. The story of Joshua asking God to cause the sun to stand still in the sky, that the Lord's words may come to pass, is that backdrop to this challenging, inspiring book. In the same way that Joshua possessed an audacious faith to ask God for what seemed impossible, we are to l ...more
John Gardner
On the front end, I feel it's only fair to admit that when I first received this book, I was not a big fan of Steven Furtick. In my admittedly limited experience with the young megachurch pastor, I had found him to be brash, over-the-top, and borderline arrogant... not exactly qualities I look for in a preacher. Of course, I have generally found that it hasn't been an issue with whathe has said so much as howhe has said it ( this video is a good example).

Since my problems with Furtick have been
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Connie
"God is great. God is good." A simple prayer. A child's prayer. But this is the building block to what author Steven Furtick calls "audacious faith" in his book *Sun Stand Still.*
The premise of his book comes from the Old Testament story of Joshua and the taking of Jericho. Joshua had faith-an "audacious faith"- and he prayed an impossible prayer that only God could answer. That is the type of prayer life we are to have as Christians.
The author uses many stories and examples in a conversation st
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Sarah
Such an inspiring and motivating book, written in a way that is relatable, easy to read and Biblically-founded. I was also pleased that Furtick had a vision for this novel, used Joshua as the main biblical parallel and did not stay from this vision or Joshua's audacious faith example.

Parts of this book led me to tears in recognizing God's goodness and at other times because of how much I know I need to change in my own life.

I've been following Christ for more than several years now and found thi
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Bonne Lynn
Read this, if only to gain exposure from a mega church but don't read this to learn. There were a few things I found uncomfortable with this pastor and his church that lean toward the unhealthy.

A church is not successful based on its numbers.
A healthy church has the majority, if not all serving. His church is 12,000 and only a few thousand serve.
He mentioned that he doesn't even know the roles in his church. The pastor needs to know each person, because in the end he is accountable for his flock
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Linda Walters
Mar 20, 2012 Linda Walters rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who dares to believe the Bible is true.
Recommended to Linda by: found at Library
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Loved the book; its going into my personal library. Written in a way to wake you back up to the radical truths of the Bible. Re-charging, re-firing, reminding the believer that God's power, and unusual ways have NOT passed away; dare to ask and believe. To pray daring, outrageous, world changing prayers.



Andrea
Amazing and challenging. This book is a poke on our backs so we start paying attention to the life we're living. Is it a faith driven life, or a fear driven life?
It´s encouraging to read that it is possible to live a life of audacious faith, and this way have the best life God has planned for us.
Gini
Excellent book. First book I've read by Furtick and I love how down to earth his writing style is- very easy to read. And the thoughts and approaches to faith and prayer are so positive and purposeful- I will work to use these along with his 12 audacious faith confessions on page 114 daily.
Taquesha
I liked it because of the message. He seems to be a speaker who writes, but his passion and message are powerful. It definitely lit a fire under me regarding the vision I was give several years ago. If you desire to do GREAT things for the world to the glory of God then I recommend this book.
Melissa
A non fiction book that I actually loved! This book doesn't discourage you with crazy expectations. It actually encourages you to not lose faith in that big prayer that you have and to get into the word and stand on the promises of God. Has changed the way I pray!
Stacey
This is a wonderful book.
First off- I started going to Elevation church in August 2011. It has truly changed my life and reignited my faith in Jesus. Pastor Steve is a great speaker, he speaks from the heart and brings hope to thousands that are far from God.

This book is no exception.

This book tells us that we need to go before God with powerful, audacious prayer. God is able. He is strong. There are many examples of this in the Bible. The point is- we know He is capable of doing the impossibl
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Gretchen
Sun Stand Still is a book by Steven Furtick, the lead pastor of Elevation Church. Elevation Church is a church that is established in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are several campus, as well as “extension” sites, which are sites that meet outside of Charlotte and conduct their own services. I’m a part of an extension site at my college, so I decided I should probably read the book. For more information on Elevation, check out their website! They do a lot of amazing things, and their impact i ...more
Sophey
This book is basically "The Secret" (Rhonda Byrnes) for Christians. Furtick uses Biblical examples to support the new-thought theory that one's thoughts (in this case, prayers) should focus on "impossible" wishes, and then he/she should and move toward those goals -- trusting God to handle the impossible-seeming details. Joshua is the primary Biblical example used by Furtick (hence the title: "Sun Stand Still") Furtick is an evangelical leader of a mega-church, and the primary real-life example ...more
Aaron
My full review can be read here at Blogging Theologically:

I wasn’t sure what to think of Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still when I first received it.

I’d heard a bit about Furtick, the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Most of it had to do with numbers —Elevation has a congregation in the thousands, and its founding pastor has only just turned 30.

But I didn’t really know what he was all about. I didn’t know what he stands for and what he’s passionate about.

Th
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Andrew
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 ...more
Tom Bazan
Sun Stand Still is about living life in such a way that we look for God in everything that we do. It involves looking for and relying on the miraculous in everything--big and small. The book is fast paced, with some chapters pretty short (two or three pages) and some considerably longer, depending on the point that he's trying to make. But in that pace, he distills some pretty big ideas to things that are much more digestible. Proper theology: 1. God is Great; 2. God is Good. Everything else bui ...more
Edwina Cowgill
Jan 19, 2011 Edwina Cowgill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
12/19: Update: I've had to set aside Sun Stand Still in order to read "Chazown" by Craig Groeschel. I am reading this book to review for Waterbrook Multnomah Press. I will get back to finish Sun
Stand Still in a few weeks.

01/20/11: I have finished this book - finally - and it is an awesome book. Here is part of my review that was posted on several websites:

I have just finished reading “Sun Stand Still” by Steven Furtick. It is such an incredible book, that I find I’m having trouble thinking of w
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Im Just
I enjoyed it - Im always confused by the you have to take action on one page and the you have to trust God with all of your heart on the other page though.
Which one is it? Do I trust God with all of my heart
Or do I take action?
Some say do both - but why wouldnt I wait to hear what God tells me to do before I move? Furtick seems to speak against stopping and praying saying we should push and pray - without Gods direction where am I pushing to?
I guess he just feels that no matter what his decision
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Marcus Lynn
I give Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible by Steven Furtick 4.5 out of 5 stars. (Click the link to see a video trailer of the book).



Furtick writes winsomely and tells some incredible stories God’s faithfulness. His own story is inspiring. Throughout the book we are encouraged to believe God for the impossible and to live lives of “audacious faith.” Examples and stories abound with the story of Joshua as a backdrop. Furtick is at his best in the chapter “Whe
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Callie
The audience for this book isn't likely to be involved in drinking games, but if they were, "audacious faith" could lead to quite the hangover.

This book was part of a group I did, not a personal pick. From what I knew of the author beforehand, I expected having to stick with it and work harder to find the bits that resonated for me. Unfortunately, nothing comes to mind as something that I've integrated into my daily life.

He makes reference to Sun Stand Still prayers for all types of personalitie
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Jonathan
The most difficult thing about writing a Christian self-help book is not the information. It's the inspiration.

In Sun Stand Still (fantastic title), Furtick encourages us to be people who pray audacious prayers, expect God to do audacious things, and live audacious lives as a result.

And that's pretty much the whole book.

I agree with this focus a LOT. As Christians we need to be doing far more audacious things, living far more unexpected lives. And there was nothing in the book that I really dis
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Jonathan
Steven Furtick challenges us to be willing to ask God to do big things, and then to do the work on our part to see them answered. There is always a danger of slipping over into a prosperity theology with praying big prayers, but he does a good job of speaking clearly against that. Reading this helped me crystallize two of the Sun Stand Still prayers that I have been thinking about, but have been tentative about lifting up.
Athena
This rating is based on the experience that *I* personally got out of participating & learning about this series through a "Small Group" or "Life Group" with several friends in the community & from church. We met for several weeks & went through the DVD series, discussing questions asked within the series & applying the techniques & things discussed in the series to our own lives & relationships etc. I personally have not had the privilege of reading the actual book that ...more
JoJo Sutis
So I was really excited and so looking forward to this book to boost me on my way to an amazing prayer life. It was not what I was expecting. Most of the book was the authors backstory of getting his church going, and it's an inspiring backstory but this book read more like an autobiography. If I didn't have semiknowledge of Furtick and Elevation Church this read may have been drab drab drab and almost was anyway. The high point of the book were the quick few references to other people who had t ...more
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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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“Audacious faith is not passive. Neither is audacious prayer. Every aspiration you have in prayer needs an accompanying action. Otherwise you're not really praying. You're just pontificating.

You do the natural. Trust God for the super.”
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