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Six Steps to Spiritual Revival: God's Awesome Power in Your Life (LifeChange Books) Board book – October 9, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1874, the evangelist Charles G. Finney gave a controversial series of lectures to divinity students on revivals of religion. Finney endured a great deal of criticism for saying that Christian revival could be humanly engineered; it was not necessary to wait for God to fan the flames of revival. Rather, it was required of Christian believers to actively seek opportunities to create revival and convert unbelievers. Pat Robertson's Six Steps to Christian Revival: God's Awesome Power in Your Life certainly follows in Finney's footsteps ideologically, albeit not as ambitiously: It focuses more on personal, inner renewal than mass revivals or crusades. Robertson's six steps humble yourself, pray, seek God's face, turn from sin, gather in prayer and persevere are classic, and his short book is very solidly based on the Bible, although the prose is not very energetic.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Pat Robertson has achieved national and international recognition as a religious broadcaster, philanthropist, educator, religious leader, businessman, and author. He is the founder and chairman of The Christian Broadcasting Network and founder of Regent University, Operation Blessing International, and several other organizations. Pat and his wife, Dede, have four children and thirteen grandchildren and live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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Having said that I lost my faith because of an inability to square what the Bible says with what I can clearly see for myself ("I do not believe the God who gave us this magnificent brain did not intend for us to use it"). I have been on a constant quest for a true connection with God ever since. The fact that I would even look to this money-grubbing ... for guidance is proof of my determination. This book is a confused mish-mash of pop physcology, bad advice and misunderstood scripture. Sadly many "public Christians" will eat it up because it reinforces their own narrow bigotry. For a man trained as a minister this book is deeply disapointing - even Dr. Phil could do better.
1. Invest $8 million dollars into a gold mine in Liberia. Then lie about it, stating that the mine was established to help pay for humanitarian and evangelical efforts in Liberia, when in fact the company was allowed to fail leaving many debts both in Liberia and in the international mining service sector.
2. Enrol in the armed forces during the Korean War, and then proceed to consort with various prostitutes, while also hassling local Korean women. If there's even the remotest chance of you actually being sent to the front line with the rest of the bottomfeeding rabble, get your father to pay off the higher-ups to allow you to remain safely tucked away behind the fighting.
3. Blame feminists, abortionists, pagans, and homosexuals for any tragedy which befalls America, including 9/11. Then, when there's an uproar, kindly mention that your comments were taken out of context (you may also blame it on a faulty television monitor if you'd like).
4. Use your great personal wealth to aid the needy in Rwanda. Generously donate $1.2 million dollars to bring in heavy equipment to assist in your diamond mining operation. After all, who would give money away without the slightest chance of a return investment?
5. Kindly suggest that the explosion of a nuclear weapon at State Department Headquarters would be beneficial to the country. Nothing too serious though, just a "small nuke" in Washington DC to kill a few unworthy scumbags.
6. Claim to be pro-life, but then also support China's one child policy, which is regulated by forced abortions. When asked for the reason, simply state "you gotta do what you gotta do!" Then, some time later, state that you personally don't agree with the practice.
And people are actually worried about salvation! Just follow these easy steps, and in no time you'll become a filthy, disgusting, greedy degenerate like Pat Robertson himself.
Pat Robertson who can't decide whether to render under Caesar or bury him.
Suffice it to say, this is someone with too much pride and avarice to
witness the gospel, let alone interpret it.
While it abounds in unintentional irony when contrasted with Robertson's
real-life antics, the book also fails as straightforward spiritual advice.
His history of the church also ignores other similar spiritual movements,
and fails to acknowledge any commonality with the Catholic church at all.
(This isn't surprising, given the anti-Catholic rants from these quarters.)
While paying homage to Charles Finney, it neglects the real roots of
Robertson's religious orientation, the 1915 publication of "The
Fundamentals," the tract credited with energizing the Fundamentalist
movement in the United States.
The author, knowing little of whence he came, also informs minimally in
where to go. The richness of religious experience is boiled down not to
essence but rules. The mystery of existence is put aside for bulleted lists.
With so many useful interpretations and roadmaps to the Bible available,
this one can be Left Behind.
I am amazed to see that he has so little of substance to say in his book.
His sections on spiritual prosperity ( actually just the same old prosperity theology recycled ) were good for a laugh.
I will not comment on his views on morality since they are well known and have been discussed ad nauseu. After all, even Pat is entitled to his ( mistaken in my view ) beliefs.
Avoid this book.
Or buy it for an enemy :-)