- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah (February 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601424566
- ISBN-13: 978-1601424563
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
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“Pastor Steven has written the best book I’ve ever read on overcoming the lies that hold us back. If you read this prayerfully and take the truths of Crash the Chatterbox to heart, God will help you win the battles in your mind and become the person He created you to be.”
— Craig Groeschel, lead pastor, LifeChurch.tv, Edmond, OK; author of Fight
“Crafted around four powerful confessions, Chatterbox unearths, exposes, and refutes lies and half truths all of us are tempted to believe about ourselves. Steven’s direct writing style will keep you engaged. His insights will make you
think. But most important, these four confessions will free you to embrace the life God has called you to live.”
— Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Church, Alpharetta, GA; author of Enemies of the Heart
“I believe God’s truth. I want to live God’s truth. But sometimes I have a hard time hearing God’s truth when negative inside chatter and self-doubt run like a ticker tape through my mind. Pastor Steven’s vulnerability, biblical insights, and practical advice make Crash the Chatterbox a resource I will turn to again and again. This book can be a game changer for you.”
— Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author; president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
“Every one of us at some point deals with fears and self-doubt, with internal conflict about whether we are good enough or successful enough, or whether our past will forever haunt our future. Be inspired and encouraged as you discover what God really says about you in Crash the Chatterbox.”
— Brian Houston, senior pastor, Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia
“On the pages of his brilliant new book, my friend Steven teaches us how to block out the toxic lies of the Enemy and instead let the truth of God become the soundtrack to our lives. Don’t let all the chatter get the best of you. Read
these pages, and be strengthened in Christ.”
— Matt Redman, Grammy Award–winning songwriter and worship leader
“Steven Furtick unlocks powerful stratagems for silencing the inner critic that entangles the believer in a quagmire of self-doubt, fear, and unbelief. Crash the Chatterbox is a study in course correction with hard-won lessons for rediscovering, reenergizing, and reengaging your God-given dreams.”
— T. D. Jakes, New York Times best-selling author; bishop of The Potter’s House, Dallas, TX
“Steven Furtick’s new book is an insightful and readable approach to the daily barrage of destructive thoughts we all experience. You will be encouraged and empowered as you discover what God thinks of you and how that affects every
facet of your life.”
— Judah Smith, lead pastor, The City Church, Seattle, WA; New York Times best-selling author of Jesus Is _____.
“When we use our weaknesses to strengthen our faith, we turn our greatest liabilities into weapons in the hands of Christ. I love how my friend Steven Furtick humbly reveals his own struggles as he strives to crash the chatterbox in his life. Don’t count yourself out just yet; your struggle is only the starting place of God’s purpose in your life.”
— Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington DC; New York Times best-selling
author of The Circle Maker
“It’s time to break out and fight back. Don’t be held in bondage anymore. Let Steven Furtick help you crash the chatterbox and silence the voice of insecurity in your life. You were created for more. Now take your place in the center of God’s calling.”
— Christine Caine, founder, A21 Campaign; best-selling author of Undaunted
“Often the most crippling negativity we hear comes from our own mind. In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven Furtick offers an effective antidote. In a refreshing and relatable style, he lays out the strategy to overcome the inner critic that hinders us from hearing the voice of God, receiving His glorious affirmation, and accomplishing His perfect will.”
— Rod Parsley, World Harvest Church, Columbus OH; New York Times best-selling author of Culturally Incorrect
“What you’re getting in Crash the Chatterbox is the reassuring and honest feedback from a great friend. It may not be what you wanted to hear, but it will definitely help you get where you’re going.”
— Perry Noble, senior pastor, NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC; author of Unleash!
“I love Steven Furtick’s commitment to a purpose that is greater than his problems. In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven helps us see that our greatest barrier is the very bridge God uses to take us to our divine purpose.”
— Kerry Shook, founding pastor of Woodlands Church, Houston, TX; coauthor of the national bestsellers One Month to Live and Love at Last Sight
“The Enemy’s greatest fear is that you’ll discover who you really are, what you’re really worth, and where you’re headed. Steven Furtick amplifies the call of God in your life so that you can crash the chatterbox of the Enemy’s lies and move forward with confidence in Christ.”
— Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor, Free Chapel, Gainesville, GA; New York Times best-selling author of Fasting
“There are only a handful of Christian leaders in my generation who preach the Word of God with as much passion and conviction as Steven Furtick. In Crash the Chatterbox you will be encouraged by a committed man of God who is
gifted at bringing God’s truth to life. Through Steven’s determination to follow God wholeheartedly, you will find the strength to chase after God’s calling for you.”
— Israel Houghton, Grammy Award–winning songwriter and worship leader
“If you’ve ever felt the sting of a critic or the discouragement of that voice of doubt in your head, then you need to crash the chatterbox and renew your mind. This book will teach you how to shut out the noise and start living your
— Dr. Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
“In a world where we are bombarded by countless voices that influence our every
step, it’s often difficult to discern the voice of truth. Pastor Steven Furtick shows
us how to surgically cut through the chatter and hear the voice of God. This
book is a must-read!”
— Stovall Weems, lead pastor, Celebration Church, Jacksonville, FL; author of Awakening
“I have rarely read a book with as much personal transparency and honesty as I found in this book by Steven Furtick. If you want to get out of your own way and move forward in God’s plan, Crash the Chatterbox is for you.”
— Kevin Gerald, lead pastor, Champions Centre Church, Tacoma, WA
“In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven Furtick helps readers understand the volatile nature of listening to the wrong voices in our lives. And with humor, insight, and clarity, he reveals what it takes to open up the lines of communication with
the only voice that truly matters—the voice of God.”
— Ed Young, pastor, Fellowship Church, Dallas, TX; author of Sexperiment
“I admire Steven Furtick’s refusal to allow anything to push him off the path God has placed before him. In Crash the Chatterbox he lets us into the struggle that he’s faced embracing his calling. His transparency and honesty will give you
the courage to fight on.”
— Clayton King, president, Crossroads Ministries; teaching pastor, NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC
“In Crash the Chatterbox, Steven Furtick gives us a how-to guide to actually apply the truth of how God feels about us so we can live empowered lives.”
— Bil Cornelius, author of Today Is the Day; founding pastor, Bay Area Fellowship, Corpus Christi, TX
“Steven Furtick’s willingness to be vulnerable makes the truth he is relaying easy to digest. If you’re tired of circling around the same struggles, you will find an accessible off-ramp to a freer life in Crash the Chatterbox.”
— John Bevere, cofounder of Messenger International; author of Relentless
About the Author
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.
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Confession 1: God says I am.
Confession 2: God says He will.
Confession 3: God says He has.
Confession 4: God says I can.
While these four confessions seem simple, even simplistic, they are each true. There is Scripture to back each one of them up. And they each have power. But they aren't going to change our lives unless we believe them, and trust that God is who He says He is, He will do what He says He will, and I am never going to be alone because He's always with me. That is incredibly powerful!
The book goes into great detail about each of these, and expounds on why the confessions are important, but also why the thought behind each of them is important. He does a fantastic job making it seem like anyone can learn to move past that inner voice, the voice that is NOT the voice of God talking to us, but a voice that is only speaking things to make us doubt ourselves, and to doubt God too. The author makes it clear that while there's no way to completely be rid of the chatterbox, there are ways to help silence it. As someone who has a very noisy chatterbox (and is also a chatterbox herserlf, ha ha!), I really appreciated the way things were presented in this book. Nothing that was shared was earth-shattering, but it was good, sound advice with practical ways to change how you look at things. It's important for us to understand that we're not supposed to listen to the chatterbox - we're supposed to listen to the still, small voice of the Lord. He doesn't talk to us to confuse us, and when we're feeling conflicted about something, it's highly likely we've been listening to the chatterbox!
At the end of the book, the author gives you the website for this book - [...] - and invites readers to visit the site, click on "Calling all Chatterboxers" and find all sorts of additional information. I went and checked it out, and while I couldn't find that link to click on, I did find some great video clips of interviews with people I know from other books and studies. They included: Dr. Henry Cloud, Shaunti Feldhahn, Christine Caine, and Mandisa (among others!). Those video clips are well worth checking out!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.
Furtick’s book opens strong. The begining of the book is filled with highlighter-worthy quotes that will leave you pondering them long after you’ve moved on to the next chapter. There is no shortage of bulletin board one liners here. Two of my favorite ones were:
“….if you ever encounter a theology that doesn’t directly connect the greatness of God with your potential to do great things on his behalf, it’s not biblical theology. File it under Heresy.”
“if the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God.”
These are powerful and profound statements and Furtick excels at this, not just in this book but also while he’s preaching. It’s one of the things that make him so exciting and engaging to listen to. My issue with the book is that it seems to me that Furtick had a really great idea and point, but didn’t really have enough material to fill an entire book. This would have made a great Sunday morning sermon (and probably did). It would have made a great little set of worksheets for a small group bible study (and probably did). But I can’t help but feel like it falls short as a book. There is too much unnecessary “filler” material and repeating of points to get the book long enough to call it a book. Where in the beginning I was soaking up every line and enjoying the encouragement and fresh perspective, through the middle I found myself reading just to finish the book.
Another area that I think Furtick excels at in his speaking but might have fallen a little short in this book is in his way of using his language choices to relate to people. The book opens with Furtick talking about how amazed he is that Elevation church held a worship service in the same arena where he had seen the band U2 play a couple of years before. Later on he makes some cultural references to things (such as Nintendo’s WII video game system). Even in the write up blurb for the book on the Amazon home page, two statements he makes about the book are: “This book is not a Snuggie”. “The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien”. And while all of those references make perfect sense to me and anyone else reading the book today, I just wonder if it will affect the potential longevity of the book as far as potential future readers are concerned. I recently read a book by the late D.L Moody. The book was written before 1900, and yet it was as fresh and powerful for me as it was for people the day it was published. I just have to wonder if Furtick’s choice of examples, phrases, and word choices will hinder future generations from being able to connect with it.
I think some of the book is excellent. I think more of the book is pretty good. But unfortunately I think a lot of the book is just ok and kinda rambles on. I still love listening to Furtick and I would read him again, and while I think there were some excellent points made in the book, I think overall this one is just OK. I give it three out of five.
There's insight on how to crash those negative voices that we all have to deal with. He doesn't water it down. He doesn't lie and tell you that they'll go away, but he gives you tools to defeat the power of the Chatterbox, time and time again.
The audio is the best! I promise, you will not be disappointed.