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Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others

Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others

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by Steven Furtick

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Crashing the chatterbox = Overpowering lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement with the promises of God.
“I used to think that someone who struggled with the kinds of weaknesses I deal with daily was useless to God. I felt so often like I was drowning in internal dialogue I couldn’t control. It had been the


Crashing the chatterbox = Overpowering lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement with the promises of God.
“I used to think that someone who struggled with the kinds of weaknesses I deal with daily was useless to God. I felt so often like I was drowning in internal dialogue I couldn’t control. It had been the soundtrack of my life for as long as I could remember.

Yet everything changed when I began to realize God has given us the ability to choose the dialogue we believe and respond to. And once we learn how, we can switch from lies to truth as deliberately as we can choose the Beatles over Miley Cyrus on satellite radio.

This is the key to pressing ahead and doing God’s will anyway, even as you are bombarded with thoughts, feelings, and even facts about why you can’t do it. 

I’m now awakening to the reality that we can access the power of God’s promises to constantly crash the system of our broken beliefs. I’m learning how to overpower the shouts of the Enemy by bending my ear to the whisper of God’s supernatural truths about my identity in Him and His strength in me.”
-STEVEN FURTICK, from Crash the Chatterbox
Includes discussion questions for individuals or groups.
Inside your head and heart is a chatterbox. Its lies are keeping you from realizing your God-given potential. But what can you do about them?
The Voice You Listen to Will Determine the Future You Experience
In Crash the Chatterbox, Pastor Steven Furtick focuses on four key areas in which negative thoughts are most debilitating: insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement. He asks, “What great deeds are in danger of remaining undone in your life because of lies that were planted in your past or fears that are looming in your future?”
With personal stories, inspiring examples, and practical strategies, Pastor Furtick will show you how to silence the lies and embrace the freeing affirmation of God.
Learn how to live out God’s truth no matter what is going on in your life or thoughts.
Learn how to crash the chatterbox…and hear God’s voice above all others.

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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 purpose.”
— 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

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I wish I had a little devil on my left shoulder. I could flick him off and tell him to go to hell. Then I could fist-bump the angel sitting on my right shoulder and get on with doing all the things God has called me to do. That would change everything.

I’d discover an unshakable confidence. It wouldn’t be borrowed from the ever-changing assessments of others. I would instinctively offer my weaknesses as a platform for God’s power instead of typecasting myself as someone God couldn’t use due to my endless character flaws.

I’d be unstoppable because the devil wouldn’t be able to dominate my mind with the kinds of fears that control me a lot of the time. Then I would be able to move forward in faith without being scared of failure or rejection or the sacrifice required to obey God.

I’d never again be paralyzed by condemnation or bullied by feelings of unworthiness. And at the end of each day I’d go to sleep in perfect peace because I’d be finishing the day with no shame, no regrets, no need to sew any fig leaves to conceal anything.

I’d be nearly immune from discouragement, because I would stop wondering if the sky was falling every time I faced a new challenge. I’d see my biggest obstacles as my greatest opportunities…and all the other stuff you read on Starbucks cups.

Unfortunately, there’s no devil on my shoulder.

What’s worse, there’s no angel either.

Instead, I’ve got this ceaseless war going on inside my heart and my head. I’m waging it every millisecond of every minute of every hour of every day—nights, holidays, and weekends too.


I wake up every day to the crow of the chatterbox.

Here’s a transcript of my internal dialogue from a recent morning. It’s a real-time example of the kind of chatter that can derail my day before it even gets started. Sometimes over the most ridiculous things you can imagine.

The thoughts are flying so fast now that I can’t keep track, much less sort them out and put them where they belong. Thinking about these thoughts at all only seems to feed them. That’s why they keep overpowering me, because I keep feeding them. I know this, but it never stops me from doing it. Not this time, not ten years ago, and it won’t be any different ten years from now, I’m beginning to believe.

This is so stupid. I’m being so stupid.

It’s only a light bulb.

A burned-out light bulb has turned into a mini-midmorning meltdown in my mind, and I can’t find the switch to shut it off. The meltdown, I mean, not the light bulb.

So I’m standing in the shower, and the light bulb is out, and it’s like the sky is falling.

As soon as I stepped into the shower, I noticed, for the third time, that the middle bulb was out over the sink on the other side of the bathroom. Now that I’m in the shower, stranded, phoneless, how am I going to put in Evernote that the light bulb is out? With my pathetic attention span, what are the chances I’ll remember to replace the light bulb after I get out?

I definitely don’t have time to change the light bulb—I’m already going to be ten minutes late for this meeting. If there’s no traffic. I’m always running late for meetings. I’m a late person. It’s because I hit the snooze button three times every morning, because I’m spiritually apathetic. Pastor Mickey used to get up at 5 a.m. and spend two hours with God, and he said, “He who runs from God in the morning will scarce find Him throughout the day.” They should put that on a Starbucks cup too.

Either way, God is gone for the day, and it’s not even 9 a.m. And now I’m running twelve minutes late, and the light bulb is still out.

I’m screwed.

And who am I kidding? Even if I had time to change the light bulb, yeah, right, like I have a clue where Holly keeps them. Now that’s really pathetic. What would people think if they found out about that one: the woman changes all the light bulbs around that house! What kind of example am I setting for my kids?

Did I even pray with the kids last night? the night before that?

Dunno. But I did Instagram that sunset shot with the kids at the creek last Friday. So there’s that.

“Cock-a-doodle-do.” The chatterbox informs me that I’m fourteen minutes late…and I suck as a person.

I’m feeding the machine, and it’s eating me alive.

And the chatter will continue to race through my mind until I decide to downshift and put things back in perspective: Calm down, Furtick. It’s. Just. A. Light bulb.

Just like that, if only for a split second, the chatterbox gives way. And I get on with my day.

Unfortunately, it won’t be long until the chatterbox sounds off again. Probably next time about something much more serious than a light bulb. So much doubt, panic, raw impulse, and bogus conjecture stream through my mind. My soul sometimes feels like a Twitter feed where I’m following a million of the most annoying people ever, and I can’t find the Unfollow button.


But God is faithful to speak too. His voice rises from the pages of His Word, which is the exact expression of His will. He speaks, not only on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary where the congregation is gathered, but also in the stillness of His works scattered across the night skies. His Spirit speaks with promptings that are not audible—often they are much louder than that—always in perfect harmony with the Scriptures and always resounding with perfect wisdom.

And in every season of my life, God has sent reminders to confirm that He has perfectly designed me and totally enabled me for everything He’s called me to do. Sometimes He’ll do that through a simple picture, song, text, or conversation that rings with affirmation for days.

Other times, at critical junctures, God has spoken dramatic words of encouragement over my life.

A few years ago I was on a plane headed home, and I looked out the window during the descent. The sunset seemed to be painting the skyline in neon orange, illuminating the city where I had just moved to start a church. It was a glowing visual that set the scene for God to speak to my heart: This is your city. I’ve called you here to pour out your life for My cause. Be confident, because everywhere you set your foot belongs to Me, and you belong to Me, and together we’re going to take this city for My glory.

I’m sure my translation of this conversation isn’t word perfect, because you know how tricky cross-cultural communication with God can be. Plus, I can’t find the notebook where I frantically scribbled every word of those impressions. The part I’m sure of is that I heard God encouraging me at a time when I really needed it. We were only a couple of months into getting our new church off the ground. I needed some reassurance, and God delivered.

And it was His voice piercing through the roar of my doubts that lifted my perspective. It was just enough to keep me moving forward in faith.


Now I’d like to ask you a few questions.

Is it possible to be the kind of person who can be distracted to the point of utter despair by a blown light bulb and still hear God calling you to do great things as you stare down at your city through a sunset?

Can God’s voice coexist with maniacal chatter—within the same person?

And how can I silence the voice of the enemy when the enemy is in me? Can you relate to this contradiction?

I used to think that someone who struggled with the kinds of weaknesses I deal with daily was useless to God. I felt so often like I was drowning in internal dialogue I couldn’t control. It had been the soundtrack of my life for as long as I could remember. I had hoped these problems would finally be fixed when I became a committed Christian. And I hoped for it again each time I experienced spiritual highs along the way in my journey of faith.

But the beat went on.

Yet everything changed when I began to realize God has given us the ability to choose the dialogue we believe and respond to. And once we learn how, we can switch from lies to truth as deliberately as we can choose the Beatles over Miley Cyrus on satellite radio.

Choosing to believe this, moment by moment, and acting on it is the most important habit you will ever develop. It is the key to pressing ahead and doing God’s will anyway, even as you are bombarded with thoughts, feelings, and even facts about why you can’t do it. Why you shouldn’t do it. And why you’ll never be able to do it. Why you’re too dysfunctional, too petty, too immature, too melancholy, too impulsive…

I’m now awakening to the reality that we can access the power of God’s promises to constantly crash the system of our broken beliefs. I’m learning how to overpower the shouts of the Enemy by bending my ear to the whisper of God’s supernatural truths about my identity in Him and His strength in me. This isn’t something I did once and now it’s over or something I can afford to do occasionally when it’s convenient. It requires constancy. It’s the only way I know to be the father, husband, leader, friend, and believer that God says I already am, the kind of person I am straining to believe I can become. Winning the war of words inside your soul means learning to defy your inner critic. But that’s easier said than done. And I think many times, as believers, we sense we are losing this war. But we don’t know what to do about it because we don’t know where to find the weapons, and we wouldn’t know where to aim them if we did.

In other words, we feel powerless to crash the chatterbox. And now would probably be a good time to explain exactly what I mean by that.

Meet the Author

Steven Furtick is the New York Times best-selling author of Greater and Sun Stand Still. He is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, which since its founding in 2006 has grown to more than 13,000 attendees at nine locations. He holds a master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Holly, have three young children.

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Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
GeorgeScheide More than 1 year ago
Crash The Chatterbox blew me away. Steven Furtick's willingness to share his own moments of weakness is refreshing to see in a pastor. In this book I was challenged in my very thought process to quit ending the sentence at 'What if?' He shows that by listening to the promises of God and who God says we are, we have the ability to conquer our fears and self-perceived limitations. This isn't a one time victory we can accomplish, but a practice we must work at continually. I am very thankful God has used Pastor Furtick to show me how even my past failures that may have made me felt too ashamed to try again, can actually be used as tools to sow seed! If you've ever had self-doubts or had trouble dealing with the voices that say you can't do something, this is definitely the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really believe this book could guide me even though I haven't read this yet, based on the other reviews and that I have been struggling yet learning whose voice is speaking in my head: mine, Satan, God, or the Holy Spirit. Even if I'm a believer for about half a year now. And this book looks good to read to guide me to hear God's voice the most and during loud events and such. I hope I can purchase this book soon so I can really review this book truely!
Chanel68T More than 1 year ago
As we continue to seek truth in Christ in discovering who we truly are in Him, we will begin to discover we are unstoppable ecause of the All konwing and All powerful Lord who lives on the inside of us!
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
Steven Furtick is the Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the author of two books, Sun Stand Still and the New York Times bestselling release, Greater, which debuted at #4 on The New York Times Best Seller list. His latest book "Crash the Chatterbox" from Multnomah press is about "silencing the voices" (a more familiar phrase) that keep us from realizing our full potential. At it's core, "Chatterbox" is about the negativity that we sometimes poison ourselves with. We allow the voices of panic, opposition, blame and anxiety to speak to us instead of being shaped by the true voice of God. Most of us don't have to wait for the devil to attack us - because we do a fine job of self-abuse on our own. Chatterbox addresses how to switch from listening to the lies your mind tells you to listening to the voice of God. Jesus says plainly in John 10 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. Through 4 affirming truths, Furtick tackles each lie one at a time 1. God says "I am." (insecurity) 2. God says "He will." (fear) 3. God says "He has." (condemnation) 4. God says "I can." (discouragement)  Furtick writes a very easy to read book that contains plenty of real life examples from his own life as well as questions in the back for group studies. Thank you to Multnomah press for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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smithk_poet More than 1 year ago
One Real Voice Matters I decided to review “Crash The Chatterbox” by Steven Furtick. When looking at the title of the book, I did not know what to expect in reading this book, but it all makes perfect sense now. The author gave some profound trinkets to aid in discerning whose voice is whose. The author details the slick talking, full of lies, and the sneaky handed way the enemy works. Although the author understands and knows that God also speaks to us as well, but when fully observing who is talking to you, as you grow spiritually you will recognize the voices. I truly grasp the title Crash The Chatterbox because that is exactly what the enemy is and will constantly try to throw you off course to move you out of position. This book is an inspiration and really speaks on issues that we deal with in life. It is the Satan job to appeal to our fleshly nature, but it is God that desires our spiritual man and to be with Him. The enemy does not want us to have a tight relationship with the Heavenly Father and shows it. I encourage everyone to read this book and to share with the church ministries.  “I received this book for free from the publisher’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review”.
deandeguara More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read by Pastor Steven Furtick!  After reading Crash the Chatterbox I feel like I've just stepped out of the cage of a UFC title fight! This book will help you to confront the enemies constant whispers of discouragement, defeat and delusion and lies. Furtick doesn't give the reader a quick fix or proven formula to quieting the opposing voice but he fuels the reader a fighting strategy that will assist you in slugging out your victory. This book is about hearing God's voice above all others and cranking up the volume of His victorious voice while violently crashing the chatterbox that never shuts up. If you are constantly in a battle with your mind, you are living with condemnation, like to throw pity parties or you are just weary in the day to day fight this book will inspire you to go at it with everything you've got. Don't let a battle you are afraid to fight keep you from a victory that already been won! I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review, but this is a book that I would definitely purchase for my personal library!
Kim_A_Consultant More than 1 year ago
Peace. Be Still. Silencing the Inner Voice. The book is written to inspire those who are new the Christian journey as well as those who are further along. The book is broken into four main sections giving personal examples as well as examples from the Bible. While the book dragged in some sections for me I came away with the four confessions (God says I am, God says He will, God says He has, and God says I can) and practical ways to quite the chatterbox which keeps me from hearing God and being all He desires me to be. My overall rating for this book is a 3.5 out of 5. While it inspired me it was more of a reminder of what I already know based on my relationship with God. Please note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review.
JudithCEvans More than 1 year ago
If you struggle with a stream of negative thoughts (and who doesn't?), you may want to read Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. I don't think it's an overstatement to call "Crash the Chatterbox" a life-changing book. Pastor Furtcik explains how three areas of our lives leave us vulnerable to lies from the enemy: insecurity, fear, condemnation and discouragement. As he shares his own experiences with the chatterbox, Furtick explains how we can drown out these lies and hear God's truth for our lives. Furtick explains that negative self-talk is annoying, but more importantly, it blocks us from God's purpose for our lives. The author teaches us four truths that defeat the chatterbox: God says I am, God says He will, God says He has, God says I can. We can replace the lies from the enemy with God's love and purpose for us.  The author writes with transparency, humor and encouragement. I highly recommend this book; you may want to read it more than once!  I received my copy of this book free of charge from the publisher, Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions in this review are my own.
morrisonmission More than 1 year ago
If we are all honest with ourselves, there are times that we deal with the little voice in our heads that strives to fill us up with junk.  Right? Steve Furtick teaches the reader how to deal with that “little voice” in Crash the Chatterbox.  My viewpoint is that everyone is dealing with the chatter, has dealt with the chatter, or will deal with it in the near future.  So, be prepared. The reality is that Satan (the one whose job is to kill, steal, and destroy)  feeds us the chatter to distract us.  So, I believe it would be fair to say that this is a must read for just everyone…mature or immature, young or old. and anywhere in between. Here are some of my favorite lines from the book.  I hope they will whet your appetite to the point you jump into the fight against the chatterbox.  -The voice you believe will determine the future you experience. -In some ways insecurity is the ultimate insult to God.  Because when we allow insecurity to override God’s purpose in our lives, we’re implying that He didn’t quite get the job done when He put us together. -One of the main reasons we struggle with insecurity:  we’re comparing our behind-the-scenes with everybody else’s highlight reel. -The serpent gets nervous when we start challenging the doubts, dysfunctions, and insecurities his questions have propagated in our lives.  When we discover what God has really said, we experience a liberation that leads to fulfillment. I could give you many more quotes, but I will stop.   I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written! Mr. Furtick writes not only from His word, but from his own personal heart and experiences. This book provides great tools that are refreshing for the soul. 
E-reader_ More than 1 year ago
I have read Steve Furtick's previous books and was blessed, this one has not disappointed. The tone is somewhat different but definitely worth the read and challenging as well. I appreciate his common sense, down-to-earth approach to the Word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago