Catalyst sent me an advance copy of Sun Stand Still. I am already frustrated that it does not come out until Sept 21, 2010. I want to order and send a couple copies to friends.
This book is about praying the big prayers that show that God is really in control, not us. The kind of prayers that allow us to worship God because we know that it is only through his power that things are accomplished.
The book is a long meditation on the story of Joshua, when he prays to ask God to hold the sun so that they army of Israel will have time to finish defeating the 5 armies it was coming up against.
In many ways this is similar to a variety of other books coming out lately. Crazy God, Radical, The Divine Commodity and a number of others are calling us to live a life that is more than just the American Dream and a nice safe Christianity.
I like the focus of Sun Stood Still. Because even though Radical and Crazy Love continually reminded us that it was only by God's grace that we could really follow Christ into deeper life that he has for us, Furtick focuses his book on prayer. This inherently focuses the action, not on what we do, but on what God is doing. Prayer is about asking God to act. It is hard, if we are praying to forget that it is him working and not our own power that is saving us.
I really liked Crazy Love and Radical. I think both books are really good for people to read. But I am pre-ordering two copies of Sun Stand Still to send to friends. It is brief, I read it in about 2 1/2 hours. It has lots of illustrations about what Furtick is talking about. And most important in my mind, it manages to call us to prayer, big prayers, without laying on a guilt trip.