BOOK TITLE: Upgrade: from Adequacy to Abundance
AUTHOR: Michael Catt
THEME: Inspiration/ Motivation
PUBLISHER: CLC Publications
OVERALL RATING: 4.7/ 5
UPGRADE, noun: an upward grade or slope; increase, rise; improvement; verb: to increase or improve the grade of; to raise the quality of; to improve for increased usefulness.
Executive Producer of high-grossing inspirational/ Christian films: Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Courageous, authored another book that is worth buying and worth reading for. Along with his books “Fireproof Your Life,” “Prepare for the Rain” and “Courageous Living,” this is another book on living a Victorious and a Deeper Christian Life.Michael divided this book into three sections, with so much of biblical truths plus easy yet profound teachings that will help you stir up yourself.
Catt declares that the chapters of this book were originally birthed in his heart as a sermon on what some call “the Deeper Christian Life,” “the Victorious Christian Life,” and “the Spirit–filled Life.” But he made it clear that this is not a “prosperity gospel book.”
In a technological reference, Upgrade is to improve for increased usefulness, to raise the quality, and this is the message of this book – to raise the quality of your living. Are you living the “upgraded life” which God has designed for you to live and walk in? Is that the quality that you think God has predestined for you? Jesus made it clear in the book of John chapter ten, verse ten [letter b]: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” It’s the abundance which God wants for you, the fullness of living. “Many Christians have resigned themselves to an “average” Christian life of defeat and monotony,” Michael writes. God is calling you, never settle for less – leave the courts of mediocrity for His greater glory!
To upgrade your Christian living is a great privilege because it is God’s idea for your life, for our lives. To start with very little is ok but to remain little is not of God. He don’t want you to have just the taste of His goodness, He wants you to enjoy it! Never live a life of mediocrity. Do something! Claim your upgrade!
“For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”
-2 Timothy 1:6-7
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael has served as Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church since 1989. The church has 3,000 members and has averaged one hundred baptisms each year. Thousands have joined the church from Albany and 29 surrounding communities. The church has changed from a neighborhood church to a regional, multi-ethnic congregation with members from eleven nations. Sherwood has three campuses covering 130-plus acres—the main church campus, the lower school campus and the upper school campus. An 82-acre Sports Park is currently being developed with tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, equestrian center, fishing pond, pavilion and other facilities to reach the community through sports and recreation. “Path to Truth,” the weekly broadcast of Sherwood’s services, is seen in over ninety markets around the country and is also available on the web and via podcast at www.sherwoodbaptist.net.
ABOUT THE CLC PUBLICATIONS
CLC Publications (formerly Christian Literature Crusade) is the English language publishing house for CLC Ministries International. Headquartered in Fort Washington, PA, CLC has published books for the Deeper Christian Life for over 50 years. Our focus has been to publish books by trusted authors with a clear and timeless message. Some of our better known authors from the past include Watchman Nee, Corrie ten Boom, Amy Carmichael, Andrew Murray and Roy Hession. Today we are also publishing books by well known authors like Warren Wiersbe and Michael Catt.
Many of our books are influenced by the message of the Keswick movement starting in 1875 in England and therefore some of our older authors have British origins or spoke on the Keswick stage at one time or another. While we do not limit our publishing to the theology of this movement, we are certainly excited to be able to convey the message of the Victorious Christian Life to a new generation.
As a part of CLC International, our books are sold and distributed in countries all over the world including but not limited to the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India, the West Indies, and the Philippines. We are committed to being a significant part of fulfilling CLC’s international purpose of making evangelical Christian literature available to all nations so that people may come to faith and maturity in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Disclosure: A review copy of this book is provided for review by CLCPhilippines