Praise for Take the Lid Off
“The knowledge revealed in Smokie Norful’s book impressed me as much or even more than his multitude of recordings that impacted generations. His approach in challenging readers to look inward, outward, upward, and onward flows like the lyrics to one of his songs, inspiring you to leave your old life and anticipate the God-life where He makes all things new!”
—Kirk Franklin, Grammy-winning recording artist
“What you hold in your hand is an accelerator and capacity enhancer! My friend Smokie Norful has reached into his treasure chest of biblical revelation and shared precious jewels that unlock our understanding! Get ready to be stretched by God's thoughts concerning you!”
—Bishop Dale C. Bronner, author and pastor, Word of Faith Family Worship Center, Atlanta, Georgia
“Smokie Norful has penned a masterpiece that pushes us all beyond mediocrity and challenges us to pursue God's best for our lives. This book mirrors the life of a man who I know has taken the lid off and dared to be different. If you want the substance, strategies, and the story of success, this is a must read!”
—Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, senior pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee; presiding bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International
“It is evident that God has blessed Smokie Norful with many gifts. In this awesome book, Take the Lid Off, Pastor Norful shares his personal life experiences, practical wisdom, and biblical principles that will help its readers understand the true benefits of God’s unlimited power.”
—Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., founder, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International; senior pastor, Changing a Generation Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia; overseer and copastor, Greater St. Stephen Ministries, New Orleans, Louisiana
About the Book
Pastor and Grammy-winning musician Smokie Norful inspires readers to go to God and experience more fulfillment, delight, power, and success than they ever dreamed.
According to Smokie Norful, sometimes our lives feel like a pot of rice in his grandmother’s kitchen: hissing, boiling over, about to explode and create panic. The only way to avoid an explosion is to take the lid off—that is, to stop being trapped inside ourselves and instead look to God and his grace to make us all he intends us to be. Taking the lid off, Norful argues, entails four actions: look inward, experiencing the cleansing of forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit; look outward, seeking for others to experience the joy of living for God and have the best God has to offer; look upward and marvel at God’s love and strength to accomplish his purposes; and move onward, devising a strategy to accomplish all God has put in our hearts to do.
When we take these four steps, the pressure goes down, we gain peace and perception, and things work out much better in the end. When we finally take the lid off, we can become the people God has created us to be and do what we were intended to do. We get in touch with the unlimited power of his Spirit, we’re directed by the challenge of his purposes, and we experience the joy of seeing him use us to change lives. All of us need help in taking the lid off in order to trust God, take action, and reach our full potential.
About the Author
Smokie Norful is founder and senior pastor of Victory Cathedral Worship Center, a congregation on three campuses in Bolingbrook and Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, Norful also served on the board of regents for Trinity International University. A multiple Grammy-winning artist who has sold more than three million albums worldwide, he has also received Stellar awards; Dove awards; an NAACP Image Award nomination; a Soul Train Award nomination; two nominations for the BET Award for gospel music; two RIAA certified Gold-selling compact discs; and countless other awards. He lives with his wife and family in the Chicago area.