Thursday, February 24, 2011

BookSneeze Review: Voices of the Faithful Book 2 - by Beth Moore

I realize that before I write this I will be assaulting a "golden calf" that is near and dear to many Baptists, namely author/teacher Beth Moore.  That notwithstanding, let me offer up my thoughts on the book "Voices of the Faithful - Book 2".

The book is a collection of stories from missionaries serving, or having served, around the globe.  It is laid out in a one-year devotional style.  For the sake of reviewing this book I didn't read one per day but rather read them all across a few weeks span.  

What I liked about the book: Encouraging stories of how God has provided for missionaries in the field.  It is always humbling and encouraging to hear those testimonies coming from the foreign mission field.  

What troubled me about this book: Well, the worst part of this book was really that Beth Moore has a hand in it.  Beth tends to misinterpret Scripture on a constant basis when dealing with Old Testament passages and promises (but that's another post all-together).  There were multiple translations used for the book.  I realize that the translation used on a given day's reading may have been tied to the person who submitted the story, even still consistency is best.  Not to mention, some of the translations used were not as reliable as others in their handling of the Hebrew and Greek.

The absolute WORST thing about this book that would incline me to not only not recommend it but also to not buy this as a gift for someone is the presentation of the Gospel found in the back of the book on page 433.

The page is titled: "Have you heard God's Voice?".  Moore states plainly that once a person "accepts" God's offer of salvation we begin to experience peace and abundant life.  This phrase needs better explaining.  The peace we enjoy as Christians is not a peaceful or enjoyable life necessarily, but one of soul peace knowing that we have been set free from our sin and born again to a Living Hope in Christ.  Nor are we anywhere guaranteed an "abundant life" in the material sense of the word.

Next, we do not "invite Christ into our hearts".  Ephesians 2 makes it clear we are dead in our sin until God regenerates our hearts.  He initiates salvation and we receive Him gladly.  He doesn't need our acceptance folks, we need His.

She fails to take her readers through the Law to help them see their sin in light of God's truth.  Paul said he would not have known sin had it not been for the Law (Romans 7:7).  Instead she casually says we need to admit we are sinners.  She does not then call for the reader to repent, as Christ would have (Mark 1:15), but rather says we should "Commit to turn from our sins".

The most troubling part of this whole presentation was the last paragraph when she encouraged anyone who had prayed a sinner's prayer but was still not sure they were saved to get involved in church.  Listen, getting involved in church is important, but if someone isn't sure they are saved.  Why not encourage them to do what Scripture has directed and examine themselves (2 Corinthians 13:5) to make their calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10).

No presentation of the Gospel, no matter how well explained, should be without explicit reference to Scripture.  To leave this out is to invite error and misunderstanding.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2 comments:

  1. What Beth Moore book you gonna review next? Maybe you should tear into "So Long Insecurity" . . . blah blah blah!

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  2. only if it gets provided for free! Personally, wouldn't waste my money on any of her books... just saying...

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