I Declare this book isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on
Joel Osteen’s new book released yesterday. Osteen’s newest self-help book is called I Declare-31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life. The description on Osteen’s website reads:
The words we speak set the course for our life. If you want to know what you’re going to be like in five years, listen to the words you are saying about yourself today. Now you can take charge of your future with the help of Joel Osteen’s latest book-I Declare. Filled with 31 written declarations-one for each day-you can declare, in faith, God’s powerful Word over your life and watch your surroundings change in incredible ways. You will move forward to a promising future from the fruit of your words! (Source)
This reminds me of another book I am reading by a somewhat lesser known Mega-Pastor John Hagee, his book is called The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, I was saving my comments about the lies of Word-Faith pastors till I did my book review but since it seems to be heresy hurricane season I will go ahead and tell you what the Bible says that is contrary to this heresy…and I’d like all other pastors that are in cahoots with these W-F heretics to take notice, it doesn’t matter how many people are “getting saved” in these churches, false doctrine makes false converts. As a pastor you should be protecting your sheep from these men, not giving them a platform to spew their lies and half-truths. And though I am referring specifically to Mark Driscoll, who has the nerve to call Joel Osteen a brother in Christ from the pulpit/stage on a Sunday morning and participate in a Google hangout with Steven Furtick to promote his new book, there are other pastors out there that will promote these lies. This is more than a lack of discernment on Driscoll’s part, Osteen and Furtick are both preaching a message contrary to the true gospel, and contrary to the Bible as a whole. In fact the Word of Faith heresy is the exact opposite of the life we are called to as Christians.
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Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark Driscoll
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There are literally hundreds of books out there on marriage. I think it is likely because no one really has the silver bullet to kill marital strife or even the day-to-day doldrums that every married person experiences. Then comes along Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace with their crack at it, appropriately titled Real Marriage. I was eager to get my hands on this one in particular of Driscoll’s other books because this is a topic that he is both most noted and most criticized for.
The Driscolls tackle everything from the importance of being friends with your spouse to what kind of sex acts are permissible according to the Bible. Most of the book is rather basic, although Mark has gotten much press for being willing to talk about things like oral and anal sex as well as birth control methods from the pulpit. In an age where many from recent generations have not had an opportunity to talk about sex and marriage with Christian parents, it is good that someone is picking up the slack from a biblical perspective.
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
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How would you summarize Christianity in 2 words? Could you maybe say, “Jesus saves”? Or maybe something more relevant like “Got Jesus?” For Rob Bell, Christianity is this: Love Wins. Rob has been using the phrase for years at his church and it has even shown up as bumper stickers at my church and printed on Starbucks cups. The curiosity has been, at least for me, what he meant by that phrase. Does it really capture the essence of our faith?
Several years ago a read a few books by Richard Bach. Bach, most renowned for his book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, wrote a book called One. In the preface he talked about Seagull and another book called Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah and commented that he wrote those other books in essence to have the guts to write the book he really wanted to write: One. Having now read every book that Rob Bell has written and watched each of his tour videos, I have to say that this book is Rob’s One, his magnum opus if you will. This is what he has tried to say all these years and what he finally got the nerve to put down on paper and send to his publisher.
Essential Edwards Collection by Owen Strachan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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In the spirit of the Dead Pastors allow me to offer up this review of the 5 book series called Essential Edwards. In 18th century New England, Jonathan Edwards was a pastor and theologian who has been called one of the most brilliant theologians of American history. Unfortunately for Edwards, or perhaps for us, he is best known for his sermon titled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” This work has painted Edwards as a callous and angry man, which is far from the truth.