Bad Christian Books
Would not all of us here agree, even Catherine, that Adam heard God's voice right after he fell? If he was the reason all of us were in a birth mess to begin with and God still spoke to him and he still heard God speak to him, then how can you say that unbelievers do not hear God now that Jesus has come and fulfilled what was on God's mind from before the foundation of the world?
---Linda on 9/19/08|
*I completely stopped in 1994 but used to read everything I could get my hands on. If you stopped, why?
My eyesight is getting worst and I cannot read the fine print. Also having been a Christian for some 60 years, I think I really have it all together by now and really need little or no instruction.
---HelenH on 9/17/08|
And why did you read everything with NO discimination?
Obviously, some books are better than others, and some publishers are more trustworthy than others.
For example, I would be inclined to trust a book were it published by Eerdman's. OTOH, if it came from Chick Publications, I wouldn't even open it.
It's just as much a lack of discretion to read nothing as it is to read everything.
---Jack on 8/25/08|
Unbelievers do not hear from God. And very few people are truly saved. Christian books I love them. I do not have enough time to read them either. Most, if not all Christian books has plenty of scriptures to back up the author. I do wish unbelievers would stop bringing God into stuff. These people are worshipping some kind of a god but not the true God. Not my Savior, are they worshipping. ++ Someday you will know the difference in your god and my God, Jesus Christ.++
---catherine on 10/1/07|
No you are not alone. I use to study Christian books a lot but eventually learned they are only the authors opinion. I Trust the Holy Spirits opinion now. He also taught me that God never instructed anyone to write something supposedly from Him, and then to turn it into merchandise.Almost all Christian books are written for profit,their gain Not yours.
---Jack on 9/30/07|
I havn't stopped reading Christians books, I have an awful lot and not enough time to read them all. A few years ago I was loaned a book about 'tongues' and found myself being told by the author to just open my mouth, make any noises I liked and it would become tongues!!! I've also stopped part way through several books on healing and health but Charles Stanley, Billy Graham and many others I read to the last page and have learnt much from them.
---RitaH on 9/5/07|
I read constantly - I don't read much pop evangelical stuff - its like eye candy - it makes you feel good but does it strengthen you?
I read the bible with other books - I read other books with the Bible - I wish I'd done this 20 years ago and maybe I'd know what I was talking about by now - well I've learned much by contemplating Christ too.
---Andrea on 9/5/07|
Christian books are just like any other books - there are good ones and bad ones. In all cases, one needs to use discernment to learn from the good, and filter out the bad.
I often get a "feel" for the general mindset of an author based on what he writes, and if it seems discordant or strongly at variance with things I believe or know to be true, I will be unlikely to read other things by that author (unless he can give a VERY GOOD REASON why my beliefs are wrong, and can back them up).
---Mark on 9/5/07|
Candice)one thing that you said,I also do is study other religions so as to know how to approach people and also I find them interesting. I do not avoid Christian books religiously.ha. It is just that I do not buy them any more or desire to. Someone told me that he actually got saved reading The Purpose Driven Life so that makes me curious about that book. I haven't picked up a copy though and probably won't. I just wondered if I am the only one who doesn't read Christian Books. I guess I am. :)
---jody_martin on 9/5/07|
candice _ I firmly believe God who makes it rain on the just and the unjust gives truths to all peoples. But studying how He reacts to sharing His worship I'd be very careful about reading other religions unless it is for study. It 'can be' a dangerous thing to open your mind and let cults/false religions infiltrate. Just a note - be careful and pray for wisdom.
---Andrea on 9/4/07|
I too as well have many christian books, and I was spending more time in them than in my Bible. I still read them in moderation(Charles Spurgeon, CS lewis, Charles Stanley, Billy Graham) just to name a few. But the most important book and the most needful book to the true christian is The Word of God,The Holy Bible, God's love letter to us.
---Cynthia on 9/4/07|
I have Christian authors that I thoroughly enjoy reading and am blessed by. I love Stormie O'Martian, Beth Moore, Charles Stanley, Joyce Meyer (don't even get on me about her. I know all the arguments.), Francine Rivers, Kay Arthur, Max Lucado, and Beverly Lewis. I have others, but they are my favorites.
---Trish9863 on 9/4/07|
Jack) I was overstating the nature of my reading somewhat with a cliche. I did read a great deal and was very particular. I had,naturally certain areas of interest and respected certain authors more than others.
The point was the AMOUNT of reading not the quality. The point was that I do not read even the greatest of authors now. I read the Bible and my other time is spent in worship,prayer and service. Reading mans views only served to feed me mans wisdom.
---jody_martin on 9/4/07|
It depends on who it is, I read Joyce Myers,Beth moore, charles stanley, but I also like reading other books from other faiths,religions ., but just because you "read" something does not mean you HAVE to follow it.
---candice on 9/4/07|