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About the Author
Cary Schmidt serves as an associate pastor at Lancaster Baptist Church. He leads the student ministries and oversees the media and publications ministries of the church. His other books include Discover Your Destiny and Hook Line and Sinker.
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This is done by using REAL present day people as examples!!!
The book names folks by their real names!! Mind you...These are real present day living people with feelings and jobs and families. The author then makes tremendous leaps about the motives of the hearts of these men and the assumed condition of their soul. These harsh assumptions are based on news stories and magazine excerpts for the news worthy things they have done.
Since when has the church or its members been called to sit in judgement of those who like to surf?
or those who are adventurous in their free time?
What sins have these folks committed that they should be so derided?
One man is held as an example of faithless failure, even tho his discipline and determination in his chosen hobby/exercise has earned him a place in the world book of records.The author assumes this accomplishment must mean that he is godless and did not have any other interest or passion. What if the man is a deacon at his church? Does the author know him personally? Is that how he feels so comfortable in declaring him a pagan?
What would motivate an author to choose people, BY NAME, and destroy the reputations and character of people he does not know?
Why would he hold these folks up BY NAME as an example to the next generation as who NOT to be?
How does the author know what is in their heart and what God they serve as he calls them 'pagans' and other unsavory names based on one facet or event of their life?
(I wonder if the author knows that one of those men he named later killed himself?)
My teen read this book and her heart was sad.
She said she was appalled to hear a father talking in selfish detail about how annoyed he was with his 5 year old daughter disturbing him on his day off with her tears.
She said she was sickened by the satisfaction the author derived from watching a living thing suffer and die before his eyes.
But most of all, she was disturbed about the judgmental self righteous mindset she was being encouraged to embrace as individuals were singled out by name and condemned. Chapter after chapter they were held up as as examples of folly and failure as they were compared to Bible heroes and how they, as individuals, had fallen short.
Is that fair?
Could the author hold up to such scrutiny if compared to Abraham? or Moses?
Do we want our young people to learn life lessons by listening to a church authority figure single out and size up other individuals and what he views as their failures?
Is that really who we want the next generation to be?
Some people are called and even inspired by God to do things other may call folly.
Are we really in favor of telling the next generation to avoid every risk?
Benjamin Franklin stood in a lightening storm with a kite...and discovered how to harness electricity!
The Wright brother drove off a cliff on a bicycle.. and are credited as the first in flight.
Was that folly...the author would likely say..yes. Was it failure...much of the time ..yes.
Did God use those men and their willingness to be seen as 'foolish' in a big way that changed the world?
Nevertheless, despite the soul sapping nature of the book, my teen WAS inspired....
she intends to find each one of those people mentioned in the book and apologize that they were singled out in such a disrespectful way and pray for them...and for the author.