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

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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 hiding
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Multnomah (first published September 15th 2010)
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Nov 02, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
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,
J.S. Park
Sep 20, 2011 J.S. Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
Oct 30, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 20, 2011 Thomas rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2012 Dave Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2011 Steven Gagne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 ...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
Dec 22, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Oct 13, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
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
Bonne Lynn
Jan 29, 2013 Bonne Lynn rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-no-no
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
Feb 01, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it
Joshua is probably best known as the guy who followed Moses. And how do you follow something like the Exodus? By opening a can and owning the Promised Land. People hear Joshua and they think Jericho. I have to admit, it's good stuff.

But there was way more to Josh's life than shouting his way to victory. 40 years before he rocked all over Jericho, he was being outvoted and sent back into the desert. Much like B.A. Baraccus and the rest of the A-Team, he was forced to wander for a crime he did not
Jonathan Kelly
Oct 22, 2015 Jonathan Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's scary how Furtick hit the "name it, claim it" mentality here. I really wanted to like this book. Furtick is a great speaker, and obviously has impacted North Carolina. However, if this book is any indication about his theology (which it is), I'm worried.
Fur tick misses the point about some scripture being descriptive and some being prescriptive. Joshua's prayer in Joshua chapter 10 was a descriptive prayer about God fulfilling the promise he made to the Israelites in the verses before. Jos
Apr 25, 2015 Gail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Ugh....I started this book after hearing an associate pastor at my church preach an uplifting message from it and while I HAD been enjoying it, I felt pretty slimey about the pastor who wrote it after I read [quite a bit more] about him (here's a bizarre starting point: -- a great reminder to do my homework when it comes to finding authors whose messages I want to follow as they relate to my faith.
Graham Bates
Jul 28, 2016 Graham Bates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Furtick pens a wonderful challenge for Christians to take the Bible serious for today's world while avoiding the "name it, claim it" pitfalls of the prosperity gospel. If Joshua prayed to God to hold the sun so he could finish God's work, we should also be willing to pray that God does His work through us in supernatural ways: "You do the natural. Trust God for the super." Furtick's work in describing the why, what, and how of sun-stand-still prayers is very helpful.

The only negative (wh
Linda Walters
Mar 20, 2012 Linda Walters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who dares to believe the Bible is true.
Recommended to Linda by: found at Library
Shelves: related-books
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.

Jun 01, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Its 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.
Mar 15, 2012 Gini rated it it was amazing
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.
Courage Molina
Jun 16, 2014 Courage Molina rated it liked it
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.
Jul 12, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kaitlyn Krna
Jan 08, 2016 Kaitlyn Krna rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2016
I picked this book up with a lot of excitement because I am a fan of Steven Furtick's ministry and know many people who attend Elevation Church. I have enjoyed watching his sermons and seeing the church grow, though I have never attended (due to living at least 4 hours away).

In my opinion, this book was fantastic. It was inspiring, challenging, and incredible. I was crying at some of the stories and testimonies that Furtick shared in the pages. I don't want to have simple feel-good faith, I want
Mylon Pruett
Mar 16, 2016 Mylon Pruett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
"Jesus didn’t die on a part-time cross. He doesn’t love us with a part-time love. He doesn’t cover us with a part-time pardon for sins. There’s no such thing as a part-time Christian, and there’s no such thing as part-time ministry."

"Complete confidence in the competency of Christ matched with sincere humility. This is the only formula for authentic audacious faith."

Sun Stand Still is about intense radical faith. Based Joshua's prayer that resulted in God keeping the sun in the sky for an extra
Jessica (Chronicles of a Book Nerd)
In Sun Stand Still, Pastor Furtick uses the story of Joshua and the battle against the Amorites (Joshua 10:1-15) to illustrate and define the idea of "audacious faith," or the boldness to dare to ask God for the impossible. In the story, Joshua prays that God will keep the sun from setting over the battlefield so that the Israelite army can defeat the Amorite army once and for all. In response to Joshua's prayer, God makes the sun stand still in the sky.

Many would argue that making the sun stand
Jan 27, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2012 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
May 27, 2012 Sophey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jul 25, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2011 Tom Bazan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 27, 2013 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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