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Beware the Books

by Pat Veretto

We receive books for review from various publishers and it often puts us in a quandary. I hate to post a bad review of a book, but what else can you do? It's either that or not review it at all. Sometimes that's what we choose to do.

Neither the name of the book nor the author is important, because there are many, many books out there right now just like it. They're little more than glorified self help books with the name "Christian" tagged on. A "self help" Christian book is one of those oxymorons.

If there's one thing we CAN'T do, it's "help" ourselves to... what? A more sancitified life? A less sin filled life? That area is reserved for the work of the Holy Spirit, in which we must only cooperate.

Self help books, Christian or not, direct us to a more self filled life. We're told how to think, what to think and how to do things. Christian self help books tell us how to pray, what to pray, when to pray... what to think, how to think it and what scripture to read. Our thoughts are filled only with ourselves and how we might benefit from this Christian life.

That isn't exactly what Jesus said, is it? "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." (John 12:25)

Too often, Christian books (and pastors and teachers) teach the worldly "me first" psychology that spawned a self centered and materialistic generation and has led the whole nation to many heartaches and worries. Is this where you want to go?

Think carefully about the Christian books you read. Just because they're written by someone who is well known, doesn't mean they're right. Any time a book is centered on anything other than Jesus Christ, there's something wrong. There is only One Way to get there from here and that's NOT by your psychological bootstraps.

Struggling and worrying and trying to make ourselves better is not in the Bible. What the Bible does say is, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

That's where we grow. In His presence, seeking His face and resting in His grace. God brings the growth and it's called sanctification. "Growth" when you're not focused on Jesus Christ is false growth. It doesn't bring peace and it doesn't bring joy. Check out this women's advice page for those of you who need answers to physical and emotional issues.

Who needs it, when we have the Master Himself?


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Thought for the Week

Each week, Pastor Thomas E Miles, Sr brings you a meditation to strengthen your walk with Christ.
This week:

Who Are You Bound With?