Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Extraordinary? - not so much

In John Bevere's latest book, Extraordinary – The Life You’re Meant to Live, readers are presented with an unrealistic, seemingly hedonistic view of modern Christianity.

As you can probably tell by the opening sentence, I found this book disrespectful at best and blasphemy at worst.

Extraordinary puts an unhealthy emphasis on how great our life should be and urges us, in the vein of Osteen, to pursue “our best life now".  Bible reading and BELIEVING Christians will tell you that our best life is yet to come.  As Paul told the church at Corinth, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. Christ himself told us that we would have to take up our cross in order to follow Him.

Bevere was very candid about his past struggles with lust and an addiction to pornography and he openly discussed how saturating himself in God's Word helped him to overcome these strongholds.  That is the most redeeming portion of the author's work.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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