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Just be careful (Chapter 8)
on April 18, 2007
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.