We are drawn to read the Psalms because in them we find connections to our own lives. We can sense the palpable hurt, frustration, anger, sadness, confusion, etc. of the psalmist. We sense it, and we relate – it sounds just too familiar. Such was the case for me in reading Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. I, by no means, intend to put his book on a par with Holy Scripture. I simply mean that his description of this “Chatterbox” phenomenon was way too familiar. So much of what Furtick talks about regarding this incessant internal “chatter” has been borne out not only my own experience but also in the lives of so many I know and love.
The central idea of the book is that, because of man’s fallenness in sin, we are prone to having our spiritual enemy, Satan, “whispering” (or shouting) lies into our minds and hearts that are contrary to God’s Word and His ways. Furtick says the purpose of his book is to serve as “noise cancelling headphones for [the readers] mind, heart, and soul.” (14) The way he seeks to fulfill this purpose is by providing four “confessions” that counter the enemy’s most common lies. Those confessions are: “God says I am,” “God says He will,” “God says He has,” and “God says I can.”
What I appreciate most about Furtick’s approach is his desire to point His readers to the truth of Holy Scripture in order to counter the enemy’s lies. With personal anecdotes and biblical examples, Furtick shows that this is not the stuff of ivory tower theologizing, but rather struggles borne out in real-life living.
I will admit, generally speaking, I am not a big Steven Furtick fan. I have to admit, however, I was not disappointed (as I thought I might be) with this book. In fact, I may well recommend it to others who constantly battle the lies the enemy whispers while forgetting or ignoring God’s truth. This struggle is real and difficult and ongoing, as Furtick notes – “…the chatterbox cannot be crashed once and for all. It has to be dealt with daily.” (162) The enemy will not go away, so neither will the chatterbox. The good news is, however, God will not go away either. And, He is greater! The truth of God can crash the chatter of the enemy. Will you let it?
(FTC Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this unbiased review.)