Elevation Church is going all out to promote pastor Steven Furtick's latest book, "Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others."
Click on the church’s website (elevationchurch.org) and up pops a clickable box that’ll take you to info about how to order the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or elsewhere. Another click and you can order the "Chatterbox Challenge Kit," a small group Bible study, for $49.
Furtick’s sermon series this weekend will have the same title as his book, which has a list price of $19.99 but can be purchased for $7.99 on Kindle.
And last Tuesday, to celebrate “Release Day,” the church’s online radio station devoted hours to live talk about the book and its message.
Furtick was the main guest on the Elevation Network. But he also chatted with Lysa TerKeurst, an Elevation attendee who has authored some best-selling faith books of her own.
Several other prominent figures who have written Christian books, produced Christian films, and released Christian CDs called in to praise the book – and, in some cases, plug their own projects.
Mark Burnett, who produced TV’s “Survivor,” “Shark Tank” and “The Apprentice,” mentioned the upcoming film, “Son of God,” that he’s producing with wife Roma Downey, star of TV’s “Touched by an Angel.” The couple has released a novelization of the movie – a followup to their hit TV series, “The Bible.”
Sheila Walsh, a contemporary Christian singer and author, also called. “I can’t wait to read your book,” said Walsh, who has written a new book called “The Storm Inside.”
While Furtick and friends were talking, others were sending tweets. One came from Seattle pastor Kevin Gerald, a member of the Elevation board of overseers that votes on the church’s budget and Furtick’s salary.
“One of my favorite preachers/authors @steven furtick has a new book release today!” he tweeted. “Check it out!”
Furtick also talked on-air with Steve Smith, the Panthers' star wide received and a member of Furtick's flock.
After talking about the Furtick book's message -- that our internal critic can drown out God's voice -- Smith invited his pastor to come to his house for a few games of tennis.
"I'm putting an all-purpose court in my backyard," said Smith, adding that he planned to put up lights so they could play at night.
Furtick didn't mention his house, a 16,000-square footer in Weddington. He has said he's paying for it not with money from the church, but from the advances he gets on his book sales.
-- Tim Funk
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Posted by Tim Funk at 5:45 PM