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Just be careful (Chapter 8),
This review is from: Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind (Paperback)As a more conservative Christian, I question the incarnation between the life of Jesus who had not a place to lay his head and the life of luxury enjoyed by the Meyer family. Although I am not fond of the whole Christian rock scene and idolizing of certain authors and religious figures, that is not to say that God cannot use them for His purposes. I would say to be careful about some of the content of her book; but I have also been encouraged by the insight into scripture. Joyce's positive attitude and advice on keeping our thought life in control and breaking the strongholds that the devil try's to put into all Christians' minds is important. Also, how she points to the scriptures that tell us to let all thoughts be captive to Christ. I may not agree that this is accomplished with big evangelistic meetings, fog machines, drums, keyboards, speaking in tongues, etc. but I can take this information and apply it ty my own life in my understanding of where God wants me to be. So, although I appreciate the book, I would also caution that you test everything she says and use discernment, pray before you read the Bible and any "spiritual" book.
When I reached chapter 8 Joyce says on pages 82 and 83 that speaking in tongues is meant to be interpreted and not translated therefore tongues are not a word for word translation but somebody speaks and another interprets (guesses) what is being said. However, when I looked up the word "interpret" and the context is is being used in the Book of Corinthians, in the Strong's Concordance, in the original Greek language, it means "to translate" ... Which is waht the original gift of tongues was at Pentacost. To translate the gospel into the languages of the visitors from different countries and they were literal real languages and literal real translations, not babbling in tongues and some guessing or feeling what the other person is saying.
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Initial post: Aug 12, 2007 3:03:11 PM PDT
Your review was very fair, balanced and kind. You shared what was valuable about the book, and at the same time revealed some very legitimate concerns. Your thoughts will help me to have the proper perspective when I read the book. Thanks!
Posted on Oct 26, 2007 11:59:15 AM PDT
I agree with "Elizabeth's comment. Great review.
Posted on Jun 2, 2008 7:21:29 PM PDT
same here. insightful review. saw someone reading it and thought maybe for the first time i should buy one of these books. I'm not into "idolizing of certain authors" either so this review was helpful.
Posted on Sep 23, 2009 6:36:01 PM PDT
Martha Hughes says:
I'm sorry, but what you say in the second paragraph of your review makes no sense to me. Perhaps I'm just a little slow and I'm sure to others, it probably makes perfect sense . . . One reason to me is that I grew up in the First Baptist church and I know nothing about the tongue speech.
Also, When I first began watching Joyce Meyer on TV, I was a little surprised at some of the clothing she wore. However, I wear clothes like she wears on the air. That's the way I dress...that's the way she dresses. I think she should wear the kind of clothing and jewelry that are "her taste" and what makes her feel good and not wearing what lots of other so called Christians think she should wear. Just because she is a minister doesn't mean that she needs to wear conservative clothes. For the hard work that she does and the people she helps, she deserves a high salary at least. You know, she doesn't get up everyday, walk out on stage and begin talking. She has to prepare her message (trying hard not to say something that will offend anyone) and sometimes that is hard, because there is always someone out there ready to criticize every little thing. Traveling, living in one hotel after the other is not a fun thing to do. I've done it and I know. She makes my day a little better and helps me get closer to God than anyone I've discovered and if you want to call the life they live luxurious, I think they deserve whatever they get; I sure wouldn't want to do all they do for any amount, but if I was called to the ministry and I was successful, I would feel that God had provided it for me.
Posted on Mar 18, 2010 1:15:53 PM PDT
Audrey Jones says:
Joyce Meyer is a best-selling author, so she makes a lot of money from her books. She works very hard on those books and they help a very large number of people. She is entitled to spend her earnings from her hard work any way she chooses, the same as anyone else.
She has pointed out on her program recently that some of the things about her program, such as the changes in her wardrobe, are a purposeful effort to attract young people who might otherwise move on to another channel when they happen on her program.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2010 4:02:36 PM PDT
Zena J. Henry says:
Well said Martha, theres always someone out there to stick a spoke in your wheel no matter how much good you do.....
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Son of Encouragement says:
This is just character assassination as opposed to a review! Your use of scripture indicates either the desire to discredit for the sake of it or ignorance of the context of usage. There is no connection between Jesus' statement, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." and yours - "the life of luxury enjoyed by the Meyer family." The context is that of absolute commitment and dedication to follow Christ. It does not necessarily mean luxury per-se but giving excuses for not following.
Posted on Jul 9, 2011 9:33:37 PM PDT
T. Burbo says:
I also feel that speeking in tounges just means other languages, many missonaries have the gift to pick up on other languages easily and they use that to spread the gospel. That is what I feel is meant by the biblical gift of speaking in tounges.