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You Mean That Isn't in the Bible?: 10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren't True Kindle Edition

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About the Author

An author and a corporate presenter for 20 years, David Rich is one of fewer than 500 Certified Speaking Professionals in the world. When he was challenged to look at the Bible in a fresh way a number of years ago, it renewed his spiritual life and led to the writing of 7 Biblical Truths You Won't Hear in Church. Through GraceCamp Ministries, David now shares the wonderful truths of the Word at retreats and Christian forums in addition to his corporate speaking.

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  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TOCBD0
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By Moira Allen on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had high hopes for this book, but found myself disappointed in several chapters and appalled by several others.

Several of the issues Rich tackles certainly are popular Christian "myths" today - but are, I think, basically non-issues. Most Christians do not, I suspect, believe that they become angels when they die; that's a non-Christian belief and certainly one that would be dispelled by the least bit of Bible study or teaching. I'm also not aware of this ever being taught in a church. So it's not what I'd call a "Christian" myth. Similarly, very few Christians believe there are "many" paths to God; the basis of Christianity is the belief that Jesus is the ONE way. So, again, not exactly a common "Christian" myth but certainly a common non-Christian belief.

Where Rich seems to go the farthest astray is in his chapters on prayer and free will. In the chapter on prayer, one could easily gain the impression that there is simply no POINT to prayer, as God's gonna do whatever He wants anyway. The point Rich seems to be trying to make is that you can't "force" or "coerce" or "convince" God to do what you want through prayer - and that of course is true. But if there was no point to prayer other than it being a sort of emotional need, then - well, there's no point to prayer at all. He totally misses any sense of connection with God, of attempting to determine God's will in your life, of supplicating God. How about "you have not because you ASK not?"

In the chapter on free will, as other reviewers have noted, Rich strays even farther off base - and a good indication here is that he is virtually unable to use SCRIPTURE to support his arguments. Instead, he sets up a series of straw men to knock down.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a laudable attempt to look afresh at some beliefs to which people might hold that aren't actually true; these include 'God helps those who help themselves;, 'believers are God's co-pilots', 'God wants you to be rich' and the rather bizarre 'when we die we become angels'.

David Rich bemoans the situation in many churches today where people only believe what their Pastors tell them, rather than studying the Bible themselves; however his own particular doctrinal positions (that he is a creationist, a fundamentalist, an evangelical and a Calvinist) are firmly behind much of his argument in this book which might limit its appeal to many readers as he makes little reference to differences in interpretation of various passages and that other views might have some validity.

Many of his explanations I found unconvincing, even if I might agree with the overall concept, and his rather didactic style didn't seem congruent with his status as (apparently) a well-respected motivational speaker.
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It is really great to be point to something and show that it really wasn't in the Bible. It is a great conversation starter too!
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By Whiteboy on February 5, 2013
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Very well written with some deep insight. Loved reading this and would recommend to all readers looking for a good book.
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