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Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life. Hardcover – September 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160142325X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601423252
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Greater

“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!”
—Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, Gainesville, GA, and New York Times best-selling author of Fasting

“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.”
—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

“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.
—Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Oklahoma City, OK, and author of Soul Detox and Dare to Drop the Pose

“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!”
—John Bevere, best-selling author of Relentless and The Bait of Satan

“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.”
—Stovall Weems, lead pastor of Celebration Church, Jacksonville, FL

“In every generation God empowers a few great leaders to speak his truth with boldness. Steven Furtick is one of those voices in our generation. In his new book Greater, you will learn how to embrace God’s present plan for your greater calling and purpose.”
—Christine Caine, director of Equip and Empower and founder of the A21 Campaign

Greater is about walking in God’s higher purpose for your life. Whether that’s as a teacher, preacher, leader, parent, musician, artist, engineer, or entrepreneur, Steven Furtick will show you how to let go of your fears and embrace your greater purpose in God.”
—Israel Houghton, Grammy Award–winning recording artist and worship leader of Lakewood Church, Houston, TX

“People today are bored, depressed, and confused because they have settled for ‘good enough.’ But ‘good enough’ is keeping us from living the life that God has called us to. In Greater, Steven Furtick embarks on a brilliant journey of transformation that every follower of Christ needs to take. This book delivers!”
—Perry Noble, senior pastor of NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC, and blogger on leadership, vision, and creativity

“Pastor Steven’s powerful yet vulnerable teaching grabbed my heart, equipped my mind, and stirred my soul like no other book I’ve ever read. This is one I will return to again and again. For anyone who has ever dared to dream but doesn’t know how to turn their dreams into reality, Greater is a must-read.”
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author of Made to Crave and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

“Some of us wear ourselves out trying to achieve ‘greatness.’ Others of us miss our calling and settle for ‘good enough.’ In Greater, Steven Furtick shows us the surefooted path to the Greater life.”
—Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and author of Primal and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

“Steven Furtick is living exactly what he’s written about in this book—start small, dream big, and see what God will do! Our church has been massively blessed by the example of Pastor Steven, his family, and Elevation Church. Take it from the best. Don’t underestimate what God can do with your small start. Get this book and be encouraged!”
—Dino Rizzo, lead pastor of Healing Place Church, Baton Rouge, LA, and author of Servolution

“Steven Furtick understands spiritual vision like few people I know. If you desire a life beyond your imagination, read this book! Greater will take you to a whole new level and invite you to experience the power of God every day.”
—Jack Graham, senior pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, and author of Powering Up

“The distance between desire and doing is often intimidating because we don’t know where to begin. But in Greater, Steven Furtick shows that God’s ‘greater’ for our lives is as far away as our first step of obedience.”
—Ed Young, senior pastor of Fellowship Church, Dallas, TX, and author of Outrageous, Contagious Joy

“Steven Furtick is in my head again with Greater. He’s challenging me to be greater—and the good news is that all I have to do is think big and start small.”
—Tim Sanders, author of Today We Are Rich and CEO of Net Minds 

“My friend Steven Furtick calls us to a faith-filled life of trusting and believing God for greater lives than the ones we are living now. It’s not about us, though. It’s about God’s greater glory in and through our lives. If you are ready for a life-altering experience with Jesus Christ, pick up a copy of Greater.
—James MacDonald, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicago, IL, and author of Always True and 10 Choices 

About the Author

Steven Furtick, author of the best-selling Sun Stand Still, is founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, which in only six years has grown to more than 10,000 in regular attendance at six locations. He holds a master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Holly, have three children, Elijah, Graham, and Abbey. They make their home near Charlotte, North Carolina.

More About the Author

Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, a multi-site church based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pastor Steven has been privileged to minister to a global audience, speaking at conferences and churches around the world including Catalyst Conference, Hillsong Conference, and the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. He is the author of the New York Times® Best Selling book, "Greater", "Sun Stand Still", and his most recent release, "Crash the Chatterbox".

Pastor Steven holds the Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Holly live in the Charlotte area with their two sons, Elijah and Graham, and daughter, Abbey.

Customer Reviews

Steven Furtick encourages all of us to dream bigger in his latest book, Greater.
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His writing style keeps the reader's attention with simple wording; yet very profound truths are shared throughout the book.
Sharon Jahr
Definitely a book that will inspire you to live out the greater life God has called for us.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By John Turner on October 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Greater" by Steven Furtick

"Greater = the life-altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a kind of greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach. Beyond Steve Jobs. Beyond what you see in yourself on your best day. But exactly what God has seen in you all along."

This is the closest thing to a definition of "greater" that Steven Furtick could give us. Unfortunately, He doesn't really mean it. It is clear that Furtick has charisma and is a gifted communicator, but that simply doesn't cut it. It does not seem too much to ask for a definition of the word that you will throw around all over the book. At one point, "greater" is becoming rich, influential, and successful beyond your wildest dreams while at other points "greater" is simply sucking it up and enduring the nightmare that has been your job, marriage, or life. And it all depends on you.
I'm really not out to get Furtick. I had high hopes in reading this book, but there is nothing concrete. There is no firm foundation for the readers to stand on. As much as Furtick might try to sweet talk his way out of it, he leaves us (or introduces us) to a god who is distant and moody. A god who plays with our emotions at times in hopes that we will somehow get it right. A god who is waiting for us to get our act together, otherwise he simply can't or won't work. Furtick's god is not the God of the Bible.
Furtick's book is misleading at best. He gives no clear definition for the word he uses throughout the book and even as the title. There can be no practical help when there is no practical use for the word. I can use the word "love" all day long, but if "love" starts to mean something other than "love" it ceases to be "love.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Sims on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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,
I'd understand if you were tempted to write me off as just another self-help hype man, wheeling and dealing promises about a better you that won't hold up in reality. . . .

I'd be suspicious about someone who said those kinds of things.

But I haven't said, and don't plan to say, any of those things in this book.

Instead I want to walk you straight into the gap between the greater things God has promised in His Word and the results we see in our lives. (pp. 12-13; see also p. 37)
Later he says, "I've built my whole ministry by motivating people" (p. 74). There's a tension and I'm not sure it's a healthy one. The gospel isn't about motivating people.

Back to my biggest critique. Furtick displaces the story of Elisha from its context and works the idea of his book into it. I don't think it works primarily because the idea of dreaming bigger, starting smaller, and igniting God's vision for your life isn't present.

The Old Testament is filled with instructive stories but they are notoriously hard to preach and teach from. Furtick is over his head here. For example, let's take the first two steps he gives to greater living. Step one becoming more acutely aware of God's presence in your life (p. 29).
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JG on September 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The thing is, most believers aren't in imminent danger of ruining their lives. They're facing a danger that's far greater: wasting them."

Steven Furtick is a man whose life isn't being wasted. In listening to his podcasts over the years he has become my favorite preacher. So I must say that I had an advantage in reading this book...I could hear it being preached to me. I could hear his tone of voice when telling a funny story and knew when his voice would raise with passion when presenting a point he wanted to drive home. That being said, whether you are familiar with Pastor Steven or just hearing his name for the first time, get your highlighter ready - this book is full of wisdom and practical application.

Here's what I liked about the book that sets it apart:

1) It's Real. Pastor Steven is willing to share his "behind the scenes" questions and insecurities. The book also tackles the question of wasted faith. What happens when you do all the right things on a path to a greater life, but your situation ends with heartache? Was your faith wasted?

2) It's Biblical. The book follows the story of Elisha the prophet, taking events from his ministry and applying them to our journey toward being greater. Pastor Steven shares God's Word in a way that brings insight and understanding.

3)It's Attainable. He says "God's greater purpose in any area of your life means giving up your false expectations of greatness to find the greater things He's called only you to do." It all boils down to taking small steps of obedience and allowing God's greatness to show through you.

This book will ignite God's vision for your life. (Good preaching, Pastor!) There are also small group discussion questions included for each chapter.
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