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November 20, 2012
by Marsha L Randolph As I began reading “Developing A Sophisticated Child Like Faith” by Paul Kasch I was truly excited and anticipated a great tool for young Christians to have. The premise of the book: drawing close to God is an excellent and much desired goal for all believers. The book falls short of my expectations, I reread a few chapters in hopes that my first impression was incorrect.
As I usually share with my readers: My reviews are my opinion and you may disagree. Therefore, use this review only as one voice.
My biggest difficulty was in accepting the entire argument the author presented for a particular precept. Though bits and pieces of his ideology were good the total discussion voided what I believe could have been a valid point. In other words the idea was good his supporting arguments were not.
For example: As he spoke of salvation I kept looking for him to celebrate the finished work of Jesus yet what I read was the need for the individual to do something. On page 6 of he wrote: “Purifying our hearts is a continuing process, kind of like doing housework”
Ephesians 2:5-9 KJV declares:
5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7. That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
If the reader is familiar with the book of Romans he or she knows that it is written we must confess and believe to be saved (Romans 10:9-10) by default if you do not believe you will not repent, seek forgiveness etc. which is what Mr. Kasch emphasizes.
In discussing prayer I am not certain if he brought clarity of what prayer is: simply a conversation with God.
I do agree as he wrote on page 40: “God speaks to us through his Word.” It is through His word that we learn who He is, what His desires are for us and how we can overcome the problems of this word. I am not certain that this is the message he presented. I felt “Developing A Sophisticated Child Like Faith” made a relationship with God more complicated than it had to be.
What really caused me pause was Mr. Kacsh’s recommendation, I don’t know what his intent was but this is one of the things I read: “look for churches with the word Bible in them, or the word Christ” (Page 46).
“Developing A Sophisticated Child Like Faith” is not a book that will help you go to Father God as a child. Children go to their father just as they are imperfect but in need of a Father to help them get through life. I cannot recommend this book particularly to new believers.
I received a PDF copy of this book from the author in exchange of a free review.
September 23, 2012
Because of the infiltration of various ideologies into the lives of various individuals “Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day” by Garry R. Morgan is a very necessary read for everyone.
After reading this book the individual will have a working knowledge of various faiths including: a better understanding of Christianity and its’ branches, Judaism as well as Islam. Other religions include: Hinduism, Buddhism and the Unitarian belief system.
There are 40 chapters and thus if you do a chapter a day, though a few chapters are foundational, A person would have a better understanding of the various religions in less than two months. I have attempted to read on more than one occasion other books that teach about the various faiths and I always had a dictionary at my side. “Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day” is easy to read and therefore easy to read. An individual will not feel like he or she is studying for a college exam while going through the pages.
If you consider yourself a Christian I would suggest you read this book to get a better understanding of the various ideology behind various denominations.
I recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.