I grew up when Diff'rent Strokes was a popular television show. That's no big deal unless your last name is Willis. To this day I still hear those famous words popularized by Arnold: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?" Usually they are uttered by someone looking at me as though I may have never heard it before. Yeah, right! Well this blog is what I (Willis) am talkin bout...my thoughts, observations & opinions. Enjoy...

Friday, August 07, 2009

Jabez, Shack & Rick Warren

I was reading Aaron Saufley's blog and his comments about recently reading The Prayer of Jabez. I starting thinking about this little "must read" book that popped on up on the "Christian" market a few years ago. I read it and surprisingly thought it was a fairly thought provoking albeit brief read. Of course, I don't think it was worthy of all the hype it generated. People I know bought several copies to have ready to give away. And this is what really got me thinking. Isn't ironic that the Christian market produces a "must read" seemingly every year. It's some book with some "life changing" discovery and church folks spend millions on it. Then, a few years, later the book can't even be found on shelves at the nearby "Christian" bookstore. What's up? I have seen many books like The Prayer of Jabez come and go. Recently The Shack showed up and people were rushing to read it. (For the record I didn't read it). Some of these same enthusistic readers couldn't find Habakkuk with a search warrant! How about the biggest "tour de force" in recent years - the Purpose Driven Life? Where are all those 4o Days of Purpose Campaigns? I thought that Warren's book was the greatest thing since Revelation! Not quite, huh? There have been many well hyped books & there will be many more, but there is only one Bible. I like books, but there is only one Book like no other and it is indispensable for the Christian life.

PS. Don't even get me started on the massively hyped Left Behind series.


Anonymous said...

How 'bout "The Late Great Planet Earth"?

William Mckinley Dyer said...

Ok ready set go!!! Im wanna hear the rant on Left Behind....the reason u can't find these books anymore is bc we live in a generation of bandwagon Christians. What is the latest program, book, club, fad!!! They said they hated that fads in high school yet they cant shake it from their very beings and they bring it into the Church. Oh how i hate the pragmatic church