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(Un)Qualified

How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things

Steven Furtick

Category: Women's Issues

About (Un)Qualified

Who you think you are is not as important as who God says you are...
 
Many of us wrestle with the gap between our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified to do God’s work or to live out the calling we imagine. But God has a way of using our weaknesses for good. In fact, God loves unqualified people.
 
In (Un)Qualified, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you peel back the assumptions you’ve made about yourself and see yourself as God sees you. Because true peace and confidence come not from worldly perfection but from acceptance: God’s acceptance of you, your acceptance of yourself, and your acceptance of God’s process of change.
 
This is a book about understanding your identity in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let God use you. It’s about charging into the gap between your present and your hopes and meeting God there. After all, God can’t bless who you pretend to be. But he longs to bless who you really are; a flawed and broken person. Good thing for us that God is in the business of using broken people to do big things. 
 
 
 Being unqualified is God's favorite qualification...
 
Our culture tells us that the answer to our failures is to fix them. The solution to our weaknesses is to hide them. The secret to our success is to appear as flawless as possible. But God’s qualifying system is different than the world’s. So is his view of our weaknesses, our purpose, and our true selves.
 
In (Un)Qualified, Steven Furtick explores who God is as the great “I AM,” and then helps us discover our own identity. Delving into the story of Jacob, Furtick invites us to acknowledge our weaknesses and ask God to work through them.
 
The truth is, God has created us to be more, to accomplish more, and to love life more than we ever thought possible. But to become who he has called us to be, we must embrace who we are right now. (Un)Qualified equips us to face obstacles and failures without losing a sense of purpose. We can have a thriving sense of hope that God is working in us and through us, not in spite of our weaknesses but often as a direct result of them.

Praise

(Un)Qualified will take you from self-doubt and insecurity to a renewed trust in the God who called and equipped you for his will and purpose.”
Joyce Meyer, Bible teacher and New York Times best-selling author

“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. This book will challenge you and encourage you into a life characterized by prayerful dependence and decisiveness—your life will never be the same.”
Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker

“Not only does Pastor Steven give voice to the hurt we so often stuff down deep when someone makes us feel as if we’re not good enough, but he also points us back to the only One who can truly measure our potential. (Un)Qualified will strategically and biblically show you that even when we’re overlooked by people, we are handpicked by God to play a part in his magnificent plan. This is such a needed message for today!”
Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and New York Times best-selling author

“Too often we embrace the fallacy that our successes hang solely on our qualifications. That we—and we alone—are the architects of our accomplishments and the framers of our future. I’ve been in ministry long enough to realize that God delights in using the most unlikely candidates to accomplish his purposes and that our abilities are always secondary to his calling. In (Un)Qualified Pastor Steven Furtick shows how we can partner and participate with God’s calling for our lives, no matter who we are, where we are, or what we think we are lacking.”
Bishop T. D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House, Dallas, and New York Times best-selling author

“Almost everyone I know battles feelings of insecurity, unworthiness, and self-doubt. I know I do. That’s why Pastor Steven Furtick’s life-changing book (Un)Qualified is a must-read. This power-packed book will build your faith, stir your dreams, and help you see yourself as God sees you. If you have ever battled with feeling unqualified, unprepared, or unsure of yourself, pick up this transformative book and be inspired, because our God uses broken people to do big things.”
Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of Life.Church and author of #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

“My friend Steven Furtick is one of the most authentic, passionate people I have ever met. His love for God and for people is nothing short of inspiring. Pastor Steven’s book (Un)Qualified is a must-read for every Jesus follower. In it he reveals how our tendency to fixate on our failures and major in our mistakes ultimately short-circuits our calling. But even more than that, he points us to a personal relationship with Jesus, the One who calls us, equips us, and carries us into our destiny.”
Judah Smith, lead pastor of The City Church, Seattle, and New York Times best-selling author of Jesus Is _____

“All humans strive to be stronger than we really are, better than we really are, and more than we really are. That’s not bad…it just won’t work. And as Steven shows, it leads us even farther away from who we truly are and who we want to become. This book will help you get more comfortable in your own skin, stop the striving, and see the truth of how God’s power flows when we can be real.”
Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, acclaimed leadership expert, and best-selling author

“In a world distracted and enamored by external qualifications, Pastor Steven’s book is a refreshing reminder that God looks at the heart. When we respond to him in humility and faith, his power turns even our weaknesses into strengths. I am so excited about what God will do in your life as you read and experience the principles in this book! It will change the way you see yourself, talk about yourself, and even pray about yourself.”
Christine Caine, evangelist, author, and founder of The A21 Campaign

“In (Un)Qualified my friend Steven Furtick reminds us that God’s qualification system is very different than ours. If you’re anything like me, that’s a welcome reminder and a big relief! In these inspiring pages Steven speaks bold, helpful truth in a humble and honest way. He encourages us to lose the labels we’ve placed on ourselves and live instead in the revelation of a God who can even turn our weaknesses into strengths. This brilliant book really resonated with me, and I know it will with you too.”
Matt Redman, worship leader and Grammy-winning songwriter

“To watch the ministry of Pastor Steven Furtick is to watch someone living in his grace zone. He is a remarkable communicator, a passionate church builder, and a lover of truth. I have no doubts that his latest offering, (Un)Qualified, will resonate with each and every person who has ever felt the pull of calling and the inadequacy of their own humanity. This book will encourage and strengthen you as you walk the journey.”
Brian Houston, founder and global senior pastor of Hillsong Church and author of the international best-selling Live, Love, Lead

“In a culture obsessed with perception and perfection, (Un)Qualified is a refreshing reminder that God uses even our weaknesses to our advantage. Steven Furtick’s latest book is honest, practical, and thoroughly encouraging, and I highly recommend it. It will help you see yourself with more faith and courage than ever before.”
Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Ministries, Atlanta

About Steven Furtick

Steven Furtick is the bestselling author of Sun Stand Still, Greater, Crash the Chatterbox, and (Un)Qualified. He is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte NC, which since its founding in 2006 has grown to multiple locations across several states. He preaches around the world and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steven and his wife, Holly, have three children and live near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Follow him on social media @StevenFurtick



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224 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Mar 1, 2016

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

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Who You Think You Are is Not as Important as Who God Says You Are  Click here to download chapter one of (Un)Qualified Many of us wrestle with the gap between our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified to do God’s work or to live out the calling we imagine. But God has a way of using our weaknesses for good. In fact, God loves unqualified people. In (Un)Qualified, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you peel back the assumptions you’ve made about yourself and see yourself as God sees you. Because true peace and confidence come not from worldly perfection but from acceptance: God’s acceptance of you, your acceptance of yourself, and your acceptance of God’s process of change. This is a book about understanding your identity in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let God use you. It’s about charging into the gap between your present and your hopes and meeting God there. After all, God can’t bless who you pretend to be. But he longs to bless who you really are; a flawed and broken person. Good thing for us that God is in the business of using broken people to do big things. Being Unqualified Is God’s Favorite Qualification Our culture tells us that the answer to our failures is to fix them. The solution to our weaknesses is to hide them. The secret to our success is to appear as flawless as possible. But God’s qualifying system is different than the world’s. So is his view of our weaknesses, our purpose, and our true selves. In (Un)Qualified, Steven Furtick explores who God is as the great “I AM,” and then helps us discover our own identity. Delving into the story of Jacob, Furtick invites us to acknowledge our weaknesses and ask God to work through them. The truth is, God has created us to be more, to accomplish more, and to love life more than we ever thought possible. But to become who he has called us to be, we must embrace who we are right now. (Un)Qualified equips us to face obstacles and failures without losing a sense of purpose. We can have a thriving sense of hope that God is working in us and through us, not in spite of our weaknesses but often as a direct result of them.    

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STEVEN FURTICK CHALLENGES THE QUESTION: WHAT MAKES US QUALIFIED?

Pastor Steven Furtick used to think the answer to his failures was to fix them, that the solution to his weaknesses was to replace them with strengths. He believed that his character and competency qualified or disqualified him. That is until an online critic caught his attention and made him start asking questions.
 
In (Un)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things (March 1, 2016, Multnomah Books), Furtick teaches about the discoveries he’s made while wrestling with questions about self-acceptance and self-improvement. He shares the answers he’s found in scripture that have helped him reconcile who he is compared to who he is meant to be.
 
 (Un)Qualified is about finding and embracing who you are in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning how to let God use your mess for your benefit,” writes Furtick, who is also lead pastor and founder of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016.
 
Drawing from the Bible, Furtick uses the story of Jacob to address issues of identity, fear, weakness, comparison, and change. In his witty, high-energy and insightful style, Furtick equips the reader to understand what it truly means for a follower of Christ to be qualified.
 
“As I’ve wrestled with my own questions, I’ve found myself changing,” says Furtick. “I’ve learned some things about weakness that I never understood before. I’ve come to see God and myself differently, and it’s changing the way I parent, the way I pastor, and the way I approach God.”
 
(Un)Qualified is an ideal resource for those struggling with the gap between their present reality and their hope for the future. It offers encouragement and inspiration to readers to see themselves as God sees them. After all, as Furtick teaches, “God can’t bless who you pretend to be.”
 
For more information, visit www.iamunqualified.com or www.waterbrookmultnomah.com.
 
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PRAISE FOR (Un)Qualified:

“In a culture obsessed with perception and perfection, (Un)Qualified is a refreshing reminder that God uses even our weaknesses to our advantage. It will help you see yourself with more faith and courage than ever before.” 
Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Ministries, Atlanta

“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. This book will challenge you and encourage you into a life characterized by prayerful dependence and decisiveness—your life will never be the same.”
—Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker

 “All humans strive to be stronger than we really are, better than we really are, and more than we really are. That’s not bad…it just won’t work. And as Steven shows, it leads us even further away from who we truly are and who we want to become. This book will help you get more comfortable in your own skin, stop the striving, and see the truth of how God’s power flows when we can be real.”
—Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, acclaimed leadership expert, and best-selling author

“In (Un)Qualified my friend Steven Furtick reminds us that God’s qualification system is very different from ours. If you’re anything like me, that’s a welcome reminder and a big relief! In these inspiring pages Steven speaks bold, helpful truth in a humble and honest way. He encourages us to lose the labels we’ve placed on ourselves and live instead in the revelation of a God who can even turn our weaknesses into strengths. This brilliant book really resonated with me, and I know it will with you too.”
—Matt Redman, worship leader and Grammy-winning songwriter

“Not only does Pastor Steven give voice to the hurt we so often stuff down deep when someone makes us feel as if we’re not good enough, but he also points us back to the only One who can truly measure our potential. (Un)Qualified will strategically and biblically show you that even when we’re overlooked by people, we are handpicked by God to play a part in his magnificent plan. This is such a needed message for today!”
—Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and New York Times best-selling author
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steven Furtick is the New York Times best-selling author of Sun Stand Still, Greater, and Crash the Chatterbox. He is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., which since its founding in 2006 has grown to more than 20,000 attendees across multiple locations. He speaks at major conferences across the US and around the world. Furtick holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For additional information, visit. www.stevenfurtick.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StevenFurtick
Twitter: @stevenfurtick 

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By Martin Pilgrim

This book was an eye opener for me.  I went in with great expectation and found that it was exactly what I had hoped for.Steven Furtick does a great job showing how we can never be qualified, which is what God intended in the first place.  He makes us qualified and with His power brings our lives to a new place of fulfillment.I pray that anyone who reads this book is not only encouraged, but also inspired to go deeper in God and think...

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By Denae Holloway

The whole point of this book is to ourselves from God's perspective.  We feel unqualified but he never put that label on us. God wants us to take our fears and our disqualifications and turn them into qualifications simply because he said so.  That's the point Furtick makes in this book.  Jacob is the subject of much of Furtick's book who definitely did things to "unqualify" himself from God's grace.  Yet God still used him and he uses...

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By Maria Orellana

This book is a must read. Picked it up just out of curiosity and I really enjoyed it. Definitely recommend it if you're looking for a really good read that will keep you entertained. So if you haven't already read it, I highly suggest that you go out and get it!

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By Kerry Anderson

I absolutely loved this book by Steven Furtick. If you're not familiar with Elevation Church, I highly suggest familiarizing yourself with their work, and Pastor Steven's sermons as they are life changing! (Un)Qualified shows how God has used so many unlikely folks in His work and that you don't have to be anything more than an ordinary human to be used by God. Pastor Steven writes in a way that is so relatable and real, I truly believe...

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By Ashley Courvelle

This book was life changing! This book truly helped me see that we will not be qualified to do those big things in life that God has called us to do unless we rely completely on Him and allow Him to qualify us. When we rely completely on Him to qualify us then we can truly give God all the glory because we can do nothing on our own!

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