Book Review: Crash the Chatterbox
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” -Garrison Keillor
At the beginning of this year, I made a promise to myself that I would set a book goal to successfully complete 50 awesome reads.
Well here we are 7 months into the year and ya’ll know that I keep myself accountable and honest. I have just completed my first book of the year, Crash the Chatterbox, by Pastor Steve Furtick. This review will be quick and to the point but I must say that Pastor Furtick did a great job of explaining what the chatterbox is, dissecting how it can influence our lives and encouraging us to be strong, coming against its hold on our lives.
It took me forever to actually pick up Crash the Chatterbox. While visiting Jacksonville, Fl, a few months ago, the boyfriend and I stopped inside a bookstore – a super cute and quaint Christian book store. I had been listening to Furtick’s teachings from his podcast, but I didn’t know he’d also written a couple of books. I picked up the book nearly shouting from excitement once I’d realized he’d written something and Manny immediately smiled and said, “I’m getting this for you,” walking it over to the counter. After the purchase, I promised him that I’d really read the book, since he’d seen me get excited about other books, but never actually read them. See, lately it has been very hard for me to consistently read (focus wise) and because of this I’ve slacked on my goals. Needless to say, I just finished the book about a week ago and I’m happy. I truly learned so much about myself and the way I think on the daily from immersing myself in the book and i highly encourage anyone ready and willing to tackle their insecurities to read it. While the book is created by Pastor Furtick, I don’t find it to be overly religious so if you are not a Christian, you should still feel comfortable and on fire while reading the piece. It’s a work of art.
Just shy of 225 pages (notes and all), he builds us through 13 chapters and a sweet conclusion toward our journey of chasing positive reinforcements mentally and casting down the negativity. I must admit, those close to me consider me to be the ” generally positive one,” but I am in a constant battle of keeping a level head in the midst of mental chaos. I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoy fictional reads but I realize they do not always help you mentally, emotionally or spiritually. I gave our good pastor a 4 star rating only because the ending was so sweet as previously mentioned. I think I expected more of a POW…a WOW, something? I don’t want to be too much of a critic here, most of the book had me on fire with several takeaways, I think I simply expected more from the ending, but I am learning the hard way that expectations truly hold no control over our realities!
I’d like to share a few quotes from the book, just to give you a glimpse of my read. Then, I want you to go out and buy it, or sit at home reading my blog post and order it from Amazon. It is a very quick and motivational read that will have you evaluating yourself the right way.
A Quote from Joyce Meyer (p. 82):
“Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never even have.”
“Condemnation reminds us of our wrongs by showing us our shame. But the spirit convicts us of our sin by reminding us of our righteousness in Christ.”
“God whispers because he’s close.”
“Most of the what-ifs the chatterbox tries to terrify us with will never occur.”
“The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.”
I hope you all are pumped about crashing your chatterboxes once and for all. In the book, Pastor Steve Furtick explicitly mentions that the chatterbox will never disappear but he encourages us to silence it as much as we can. In silencing the box daily, it will grow quiet during our most vulnerable moments. We must attack the chatter with more of God’s word and who God says we are.
Oxxo (Because The Chatterbox Is The Only Thing Standing Between You And God), LUV,Tay