Sunday, March 23

Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

Everyone has a chatterbox inside their head. This chatterbox spreads lies and half-truths and tries to keep you from fully following God. At times it may even sound good, all the while leading you in the wrong direction. It is this ‘chatterbox’ that Pastor Steven Furtick (Elevation Church) examines in his new book, Crash the Chatterbox.

Chatterbox is broken up into four main sections, taking a look at insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement. Furtick examines how our chatterbox tries to stop us, and how we can see past it and hear God’s voice over the noise. Filled with stories from his own life, and told second hand, Furtick provides many illustrations for his stories.

Cracking open Chatterbox, I was a bit cautious. The idea sounded good, but at first it seemed like the book might be borderline-cheesy.  Christian authors sometimes seem to try too hard to come up with unique terminology and then struggle as their book weakly attempts to force it to work. As I delved further into Chatterbox I found that he mostly avoided it. At times it didn’t seem like a perfect fit, but most of the book made it work.

Each chapter builds strongly on the previous one, and Furtick strikes a good balance between storied illustrations and presenting scripture to back up what he is writing. Several of his own stories provide a good look into the life of this pastor. One of the strongest chapters was titled, ‘Finishing the Devil’s Sermons.’ Furtick examines how temptation or lies are often fueled by truth, and how we fall into listening to those lies.

“…regardless of our particular variety of temptation and condemnation, the Enemy wants to magnify our failures to the millionth power with his exaggerations so he can pervert the power of the Spirit’s conviction….we must develop the habit of separating our sense of worth from our appraisal of our behavior. It’s the only way we can rightly deal with our sin practically, confident in the fact that God has already dealt with it eternal.” Page 124

At times it seems that Furtick over-emphasizes a point, causing a few of the chapters to run a little longer than I preferred, though this was not a major issue.  If anything, Chatterbox didn’t do much to separate itself from other books that encourage Christians to listen closer for God’s voice.

My biggest pet peeve occurs at the end of each chapter. Before the next chapter begins, there is a quote bubble with a select line from the chapter you just finished. The line finishes with, “#crashthechatterbox,” and then includes a logo for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest at the bottom of the page. While I’m all for encouraging readers to engage with social media, this method felt way too obtrusive. I don’t mind the occasional highlighted quote, but I was given the impression that I was only supposed to be interacting with these quotes online. It was strange, felt forced, and I thought they often distracted my from thinking about the chapter I just read.

3.5/5 stars

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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