I was a little surprised at the popularity of this book. I knew it had sold well, but I had no idea how much it motivated readers. I walked into the gym with this book in my hand and a 20-year-old man grabbed me by the arm and asked, “Is that Sun Stand Still?”
He refers to it as “audacious faith’ and is the subject of his first book Sun Stand Still (SSS); which came with ringing endorsements from spiritual wingnuts like Dutch Sheets of the NAR and “Bishop” Eddie Long.
After I told him it was, he proceeded to tell me how he had just committed his life to Christ six months before and that Sun Stand Still had changed his life. He was excited about the book, and it was evident in how loudly he spoke, seemingly unhindered by the attention his loud voice was getting from the crowded gym. He was ready and motivated to change the world.
In all honesty, I would have loved to see Furtick devote more time to this side of the “sun stand still prayer” because whether we like it or not, this is actually the norm. God’s primary concern in relation to us is that we’re moving deeper and deeper into our relationship with Him—and that most often comes through what the Bible describes as pruning. He cuts away all that hinders our growth in Him, even the good things. Because they’re not always the best things for us.