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Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life.

Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life.

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by Steven Furtick

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Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?

We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more.

And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very


Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?

We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more.

And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us:

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12

That single promise—“even greater things than these”—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness…then settled into a life that’s just good enough.

Good enough = Baseline living that is marked by mediocrity, stuck in spiritual survival mode, and controlled by complacency.

Greatness = Vague, unrealistic aspirations of doing better that don’t work in real life and lead to endless frustration.

But there is a third way.

Greater = The life-altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach—beyond anything you see in yourself on your best day, but exactly what God has seen in you all along. 

In Greater, Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to empower you to:
   • Take a God-given dream from idea to reality
   • Stretch your limited resources and abilities in ways you never thought possible
   • Replace the images of yourself that keep you feeling stuck in the past
   • Make a significant impact with your life starting today, rather than making endless plans for tomorrow that you never get around to

If you’re tired of being ordinary, it’s time to dream bigger. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to begin, it’s time start smaller. It’s time to ignite God’s Greater vision for your life.

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“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

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Steve and Me I used to want to do great things for God. That was before I found something greater.

My mom says she’ll always remember that she was sitting in a social studies class when the loudspeaker beeped and crackled and someone announced that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. All the kids would be going home for the day.

I wonder if I’ll always remember that my two sons and I had just shared kung pao shrimp at P.F. Chang’s when I stopped in my tracks on the way out the door. I had to make sure I had correctly read the words that were scrolling across every television within sight:

Apple founder Steve Jobs—dead at 56.

I can’t explain why, but my hands were shaky and sweaty as I pulled my iPhone out of my pocket to verify.

One of the first things I saw was a statement from President Obama. He said that Steve Jobs “was among the greatest of American innovators.” That “he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.”

Then I looked at my Twitter time line to see what the rest of the world was saying about Jobs. Everybody seemed to be weighing in. The outpouring was overwhelming.

“R.I.P. Steve Jobs. You led the world into the 21st century.”

“R.I.P. Steve Jobs. You improved life as we know it.”

“Steve Jobs—On behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try to change the world, you will be missed.”

I suddenly felt the urge to tweet my own thoughts about his passing. But it felt melodramatic for me to share some deep thought about a person I’d never met. Still, he was the greatest business leader of my lifetime. So I fired off a three-word tweet:

Steven Furtick @stevenfurtick 5 Oct
“What a life.”

My next thoughts made my stomach hurt. Or was it the kung pao? Either way, I got downright introspective. I was wrestling with a tension:

Steve Jobs was a great man. He changed the world through technology.

I’m a pastor. I have a mission to change the world through the gospel.

But am I really achieving that mission? I’m doing well by some standards, I guess.

I love Jesus. I have integrity. I love my family.

But still…

I’m not redefining an industry. I’m not accomplishing one of the greatest feats in human history. So what am I really doing? That matters? That will matter?

That will set my life apart?

In short, I was processing the nauseating feeling that, when I stack it all up, I don’t feel like I’m anything close to being the great man of God I want to be. Some days, actually, I feel like I sort of suck as a Christian. I didn’t tweet any of that. But I couldn’t stop thinking it.

I’m guessing you’ve had thoughts like that too. I’m not saying you want to be the next Steve Jobs or build your own technology empire. But I think we all have these honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more. A few hours later, after I tucked my boys into bed and prayed for them, I sat on my bed and opened my MacBook.

For some reason I felt compelled to pull up a certain Bible verse. It’s one of the most staggering statements Jesus ever made.

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

I’d read that verse so many times. But I had a new context for it.

And it sliced me with the edge of fresh challenge. Greater things than Jesus, the greatest man who ever lived? What does that even mean? How can we do greater things than Jesus?

Does it mean that we’re able to do more powerful miracles than Jesus? Have a bigger impact than Jesus? I don’t think so. After all, I don’t know many people who have walked on water, multiplied fish and loaves to feed thousands, opened the eyes of the blind, or given salvation to the world.

If you’re looking to be greater than Jesus, put down your crack pipe, my friend. That’s not happening.

By leaving and then sending His Spirit to dwell inside His followers—ordinary people like you and me—Jesus released a greater power for us to do extraordinary things on an extraordinary scale. The kinds of things the early church saw and did.

The kinds of things He still wants to do today through us. Jesus isn’t calling us to be greater than He is.

He’s calling us to be greater with Him through His Spirit within us.

Meant for More

As I tried to process the brain-bending implications of that claim, I thought through some conversations I’d had recently with people who were feeling disappointed and stuck in their relationship with God and their place in life.

I’m meeting more and more believers who are unsatisfied with the kind of Christians they’re becoming and the version of the Christian life they’re experiencing. These aren’t bad people. They aren’t gangbangers and ungodly pagans. If they were, their discontent would make more sense.

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.

These are some of the very people Jesus talked about in John 14:12. People who are supposed to be doing greater works than—forget about Steve Jobs—Jesus Christ Himself.

Yet it’s not happening. For most of us, the experience of our daily lives is a far cry from the greater works Jesus talked about in John 14:12. Or even the achievements of a luminary like Steve Jobs.

We’ve had some big dreams about what God might want for our lives. But so many of us are stuck in the starting blocks. Or are dragging along at the back of the pack.

We know we were meant for more. Yet we end up settling for less.

We’re frustrated about where we are. But we’re confused about how to move forward.

I wonder if you can relate.

What a life…


Meet 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.

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Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life. 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will really feed your soul and help you find God's ultimate will for your life. Read, pray and open your heart and see what amazing things God has in store for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These words couldn't have landed in my life at a better time. Relevant and sharpening!!
Sanganyado More than 1 year ago
Even though Elisha was Elijah's predecessor with double the portion of the spirit that was with Elijah, Elisha remains in biblical history obscurity. The Lord enabled him to do some great miracles, but rarely is the name of Elisha mentioned as the prime profit. Elisha was greater yet obscure. This paradox of divine greatness is what Steven Furtick the pastor of the rapidly growing mega-church, Elevation Church explores in his New York Bestseller book. Through personal experiences and those of the people around him, Steven Furtick draws a parallel between those anecdotes and the life of Elisha. The book seek to encourage and reveal God's plan and divine help for our pursuit and embracing of a life that is greater. Greater is one of the few books I read this year that openly led me to my knees and ask God some deep questions. Jesus openly promised that if we believe we will do greater works than the ones He did. However, a light inventory at our lives often confronts us with the reality of smaller. Our minuteness in God's divine plan intimidates us and we shrink into mediocrity and settle for a lesser life. Through the life of Elisha, Steven Furtick reveals to us that greater does not always equal prominence, but rather faithfulness to your calling. I enjoyed reading this book. My Recommendation This book is well-organized and well studied, the language is accessible only to 19 to 45 year-old people. Steven Furtick constructed his arguments borrowing heavily from popular culture only common to people in the US and those who grew up his time. As I read the book, I had several moments of wondering what he was talking about. The book is not academic or a seminary textbook, an independent study of the life of both Elijah and Elisha is imperative if you truly want to benefit from the book. I recommend this book to all those who have the question how can I answer God's call for my life.
BookGeekie More than 1 year ago
"Most of us aren't in danger of ruining our lives. We're in danger of wasting them." - back cover, GREATER. I didn't know much about Steven Furtick before I read this book. I'd heard a sermon or two, I knew of his church, Elevation, and I knew he had really cool hair. Beyond that, I didn't know much. When I saw the title and description of GREATER, I was intrigued and excited. The idea that we are created to do great things for God is very exciting. Learning how to get from here to my end-calling seemed very helpful. And to read it in a cool, conversational voice, even better! Getting ton the book, however, was slow, disjointed and never really gets off the launch pad. I read and read, hoping to learn something, and I was very disappointed. Furtick would make a statement, and then his examples seemed to contract that statement. One of the most glaring was when he talked about not making drastic changes...and then used the example of him selling everything and moving to Charlotte to launch Elevation Church. Starting at page 132, I finally found something useful. I appreciated his comments on fasting, and I'd encourage him, at some point, to expand his thoughts on fasting. Unfortunately, page 132 is way too late in a 190 page book to start making points. Bottom line, here's my conclusion. If you like hip-sounding platitudes, you'll love this book. If you're looking for substance, skip this one and, instead reach for David Platt's Radical or Francis Chan's Crazy Love. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“You'll never be greater unless you're ready to leave good enough behind!"
lsgrg2 More than 1 year ago
Encouragement with somewhat of a sarcastic, slash whimsically comedic whit. Furtick gives a real down to earth account of the Christian struggle and ignorance of being human as well as forgiven. Enjoyed it! Gunna read it again... I do have one comparison...If Dane Cook got saved, Furtick would be his sidekick clone! Thanks for writing Sir!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Julia Schemmer for Readers' Favorite Everyone wants to achieve something wonderful within their limited lifespan, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame long past their expiration date. However, in longing to achieve your purpose and destiny, the greatest answers can come from what God desires from your life. In Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life by author Steven Furtick, your dreams are given the opportunity to come to life. By pursuing God's purpose and His plan, the author states that you can live the life you were planned to live. Furtick makes it clear that the danger lies not in ruining our lives, but rather in wasting them. Through this book, the past is forgotten and the present is given the future of possibilities.  There are essential steps each person must undergo to realise their dreams. First, they must rid themselves of the past mistakes and guilt, and the criticism that will follow them. Next, they must realize that their plan for their life is a part of a greater story, a brilliant manifestation made by a relentless God. Finally, they must realize that their purpose is greater than the greatest moment of pride and accomplishment. In Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life by passionate writer and pastor Steven Furtick, the underlying purpose to the soul is uncovered, pointing to God as the ultimate source of authority and purpose. Ultimately, this book will shift your thinking from 'I can't!' to 'God can.' It will revolutionize your spiritual journey with God, preparing you for a life of eternity with the Great Giver of Purpose.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good i purchase a couple more for others to read.
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sarahsmithstorm2 More than 1 year ago
I was super excited to have the opportunity to read "Greater" by Steven Furtick. My husband read "Sun Stand Still" and loved that book, so I knew this would be a great read. Of course, this book did not disappoint. This book inspires the reader to propel to a different level of faith, discover dreams bigger than yourself and to discover a different sense of purpose that beyond money, popularity, fame or anything else that is worldly. Pastor Steven tells the story of Elisha from the Old Testament as he utilizes it to show us a place where we start and how we can begin a new life in faith. Elisha's story in the premise for this book. Life changing lesson of obedience that connect you to your past life, practicing faith and learning. Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God's Vision for Your Life. This book is about how God is using the readers life to bring one to the next step. God communicates to each person differently, especially how he reveals each step to the greater life. However, you don't have to wait to live the "Greater" life, but instead start living it right. The journey to greatest is the suffering and road blocks we encounter on the way. Each of these road blocks are not wasted, but an opportunity to see the Glory of God in places we didn't know existed. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to take a leap of faith and seeking to live the "greater" life. I think this book would be great to read as a Bible Study. It has a discussion/ group questions in the back of the book.
judycevans More than 1 year ago
We've probably all been there -- wishing we had more money, more friends, more something. In his book "Greater," Pastor Steven Furtick teaches us that we can start where we are and live a life that is greater than anything we can imagine. Furtick explains that just as Elisha did when Elijah called him, we can "burn our plow" and begin a new journey trusting God. The key is to develop a relationship with God so that we can trust Him for the journey. We may feel grief or disappointment -- times when we wonder if we have "wasted our faith." Pastor Furtick encourages us through these ties of waiting, self-doubt and self-criticism. After reading this book, I have a new perspective on dealing with my own doubts, as well as the doubts of others. The only problem I had with the book is the constant "pop" culture tone throughout the book. Still, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to develop a deeper trust in God for a "greater" life. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions in this review are my own.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
Greater By: Steven Furtick I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I expected to be motivated to be more than I was before I read the book, but I didn’t know what that would entail. This book, Greater, has changed how I look at things. In the beginning, Furtick states, “I want you simply to ask the Lord, in this moment, to begin to open your eyes—by faith—and help you perceive that He has greater things in store for your future.” Do you know what God wants you to be doing for Him? Do you know the kind of life God has in store for you? If not, this book is for you. God is looking for people who are willing to listen to Him and move when He says. Are you willing? This book will show you how to have: The confidence to know that nothing is impossible with Him The clarity to see the next step He’s calling you to take The courage to do anything He tells you to do See the impossible become possible. Take the first step, and God will meet you there in ways you never expected. The study questions at the end make this a great study book for one on one study or a group study. I just wish I had found this book sooner. For confirmation, the very weekend I was reading this book, a preacher preached his sermon on the topic Good Enough. Topics in this book were brought out in his sermon. Yes, it is time for me to step out in faith and do what God has called me to do! Pick up this book today and watch your life be transformed in God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not everyone likes this book.Pray before reading asking God to open up your eyes to His (Gods) revalation.This is a book to help ignite our spiritual flames not give us step by step road map.God directs our steps and uses people to help.This book was great and can only be greater when we the readers ask for Gods guidness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring and affirming - reassures you that you don't need to be a globe-trotting evangelist to be 'great' in God's eyes. Wherever you are and whatever you do, you can have a great life following God.
JMRaby More than 1 year ago
Steven Furtick has burst on to the Evangelical scene in many different ways. For instance starting a church that runs 10000 on an average Sunday, impressive since he started the church only 6 short years ago. He starred in the infamous "Elephant Room" hosted by Pastor James MacDonald. He has been in a controversy with an event coined the "Orange Code Revival" which he supposedly censored Matt Chandler in his presentation of the gospel at this so-called revival. He has been coined as a "Health/Wealth Guy." Whether you agree with him or not he is on the evangelical scene. His recent book *Greater* is a breath of fresh air with an awful stench of pop culture and hipster phrase-ology. The premise is simply to start small and be greater in a small way on a small scale which produces greater results than trying to turn an ocean liner in half a second. While the book is refreshing in that aspect it has been litter with a person trying to be so "relevant" with #hashtagging and culture that the book will not last for the ages. It looks as if it might be outdated in about one year. Also Mr. Furtick emphatically states that it is not a self help book, but in truth it is. I hate to be over critical in the reading of this book, I do not know Mr. Furtick, I do not know how he operates, or what he is like face to face. He has some admirable qualities concerning his care for his family, some of his preventive counseling when it comes to being a pastor for his church (which he describes in the book.) I feel as if he could write a much better book than this. Ultimately the book could have been cut down to an essay that probably could fit on one page. Pick one thing to be greater at and try it, is the whole book. Mr. Furtick if you ever read this hope that you will produce a book for the ages someday...Keep trying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AnneAR More than 1 year ago
If you want to get un-stuck from the rut of mediocrity, this book is for you. If you know you can do greater things, but just haven't made the effort, read this book! What an encouragement. This book is a boot under your backside as well as a boost for your desire to be more than you are. You really can be more in God's Kingdom. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with middle-of-the-road living and thinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IsabelB More than 1 year ago
Highly motivating. Gives an inspirationally new and deeply moving approach to living with and for our God in a world where "good enough" just isn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and what it tells me about doing what Gid has in store for my life... absolutely reccomend it to anyone who feels like they can't do anything right... you need to know that you are greater...<3
KSherrell More than 1 year ago
Awesome messages, easy to understand and full of practical application.
hinza More than 1 year ago
Great book, very inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will enpower you to do more.