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Book Review: The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reeves

Jan 24th, 2014 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on Book Review: The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reeves

From Books and Chocolate Blog

The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reeves, Lighthouse Trails Publishing, $12.95 list price, paperback.

The Other Side of the River is Kevin Reeves’ biographical account of his time spent involved with a church that was part of a movement called the “River”, also known as the River Revival, the Third Wave, and the Latter Rain. This movement includes many Word of Faith and prosperity gospel preachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Jesse DuPlantis, Bill Johnson, Kenneth Hagin, and others.

Reeves began to question the claims of outrageous and unbibilcal spiritual manifestations and soon discovered blatant discrepancies between what his church leaders were teaching and what scripture really said. The more of the elements of false teaching he uncovered, the more he found himself a target of threats and alienation from other church members but no matter what the cost, he was determined to save himself, his family, and as many other members of his congregation as he could.

Some of the topics Reeves addresses as false teaching include the Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel movement, seeking “signs and wonders”, valuing experience over scripture, holy laughter, being “slain” in the spirit, visions and prophecies, the misuse of spiritual gifts, questionable worship practices, encouraging mystical experiences, the emphasis of Jesus’ humanity over his deity, claims that we are gods ourselves, and seeking to establish the kingdom of God here and now on Earth, to name a few.
What Reeves frequently observed was that if someone supposedly had an unusual experience or manifestation, the validity of his or her claim was rarely questioned.

Book Review: “Another Jesus” Calling – A valuable resource that every Christian needs to read

Dec 28th, 2013 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on Book Review: “Another Jesus” Calling – A valuable resource that every Christian needs to read

From Books and Chocolate Blog

A few years ago I purchased a copy of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young because it came so highly recommended. After reading the introduction and several9780989509336 entries I knew something wasn’t right and I got rid of the book. Maybe it was the audacity of someone presuming to speak in the first person on behalf of Jesus, or maybe it was because this “Jesus” didn’t sound like the Jesus I knew from scripture. “Another Jesus” Calling by Warren B. Smith addresses these valid concerns and why Young’s “Jesus” is not the Jesus of the Bible.

One issue with Young’s “Jesus” is that he uses New Age terminology and concepts that the real Christ doesn’t. For example, he invites the reader to become his “channel”. He describes himself as being above all and in all, a concept consistent with the New Age teaching of God Transcendent and God Immanent in every form of life.

He suggests that the reader “take a road less traveled” (hinting at M. Scott Peck’s book) and that to go “out on a limb” (the title of Shirley MacLaine’s book) with him is the safest place to be. As Smith writes, “…the true Jesus Christ is quite aware of these mega bestselling New Age books. It defies reason that he would make any kind of positive reference – directly or indirectly – to the titles of two of the most popular New Age books published in the last three decades. Taking “a road less traveled” with M. Scott Peck is not what we are called to do. Going “out on a limb” with Shirley MacLaine is not the safest place to be.”

 

Book Review: How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

Dec 21st, 2013 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on Book Review: How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

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Protecting our children from spiritual deception can seem a daunting task but How to Protect Your Child from the New Age & Spiritual Deception offers hope with practical steps Christian parents can take to become proactive in recognizing the dangers their children face while also teaching them to discern biblical truth. Berit Kjos has done her homework and documents how children and teens are being targeted with New Age and occultic messages through every form of media and in school curriculum and programs.

Some of the influence is attractively packaged in the form of a heroic young wizard, magical cats and ponies, powerful ninja warriors combating evil, cool anime characters, and vampire lovers. Other not so obvious messages come in the form of nature worship or Eastern religion type meditation disguised in schools as a quiet time of “mindfulness,” “centering,” or “visualization.”

Most surprising to me was that the Girl Scouts of America are on board as they now discourage the use of Christian emphasis in meetings but promote New Age spirituality in the form of yoga and meditation. The 2010 GSA brochure for their National Council Sessions stated, “Channel your inner-being. Be one with your mind, body and soul. Yoga for everyone!” (p.252) Kjos also documents that GSA has partnered with the Ashland Institute whose “Coming Into Your Own” program’s aim is to “create a team of adult champions who will model a search for integrated leadership that springs from a deep sense of self-knowledge.” The Ashland Institute also teaches a form of metaphysical energy healing described as “creative energy practice” which “deepens connection with the Source of Life” and the group is also partnered with The Fetzer Institute which offers a broad assortment of mystical, New Age/New Spirituality resources. (p. 253)

How to Protect Your Child from the New Age & Spiritual Deception by Berit Kjos, Lighthouse Trails Publishing, $14.95 list price, paperback.

Book Review: In My Father’s House by Corrie Ten Boom

Sep 18th, 2013 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on Book Review: In My Father’s House by Corrie Ten Boom

By Mrs. White
The Legacy of Home blog

In-My-Father-s-HouseCorrie ten Boom was one of the most inspiring people of our time. Her faith in God was incredible. She was called of Him to endure unbelievable pain and trials. Through it all, she was a light of hope and warmth, as an ambassador of the Kingdom of God.

Corrie is best known for her book, “The Hiding Place.” This is about the holocaust and the concentration camps. Her family hid Jewish people in their home, to protect them from the Nazis. Her family ended up in the camps. She was the only one from her family to survive the prison camps. She later became a “tramp for the Lord” (as one of her books is titled). She travelled and spoke about her faith and encouraged others.

I have read, and owned, several of Corrie’s books over the years. However, old books tend to fall apart over time and need to be replaced. The content of some books are so valuable, you want to get a new edition and take care of it as long as possible. “In My Father’s House” by Corrie, is one of those books.

. . .  This edition includes more than 50 photographs from Corrie’s childhood and home.  “In My Father’s House” is about her growing up years. It shows the foundation of her training and experiences that made her the strong, godly woman she was, which enabled her to endure the War and the aftermath.  Click here to continue reading.

MidWest Book Review on Seducers Among Our Children

Mar 3rd, 2013 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on MidWest Book Review on Seducers Among Our Children

Seducers-Among-Our-ChildrenBy James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Small Press Bookwatch: February 2013
Midwest Book Review

Evil lurks under the most innocuous of sources. Seducers Among Our Children: How to protect your child from sexual predators is a collection of advice from retired investigative Patrick Crough, on how to not only protect one’s children, but also teach them to protect themselves from sexually abusive persons who will try to lure them. With sage advice on coping with this, Seducers Among Our Children has plenty for parents to consider on how to talk to their children about these serious issues. (source)

To order or for more information about Seducers Among Our Children, click here.

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