This is a question I had to ask myself, not too long ago, after reading the Bible in 2018. I came to the faith from an interesting position ~ I had been in the new age for over a decade.
In the new age, there are endless books you can read. It’s quite the expensive belief system 🤔 There’s always a new trend, a new speaker, a new author, and a new book to buy. And I was swept in the current of new age consumerism– I had quite the extensive library. So, after I read the Bible and traded all my new age books for NYT bestseller Christian books, it all felt… familiar.
I finished reading the Bible and set it aside, and I started picking up books from the pile– bestsellers such as Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen, Get Your Hopes Up! by Joyce Meyer, Uninvited by Lysa Terkerust, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer, and many more.
And I just got this feeling like, “Really? Am I doing this again?” It felt like I was going back into the rabbit hole of general vague spirituality, only this time I had the Word of God in my heart, so falling for that again really didn’t sit well with me.
Not to mention, a lot of the books I picked up, I set aside after one chapter. Just reading a few pages of Your Best Life Now, I said out loud “This is the law of attraction.” It even had the whole “praying for a parking spot and getting it,” the same way the new age has!
(Why is it always a parking spot…? 🤔 Joel Osteen has two legs, right? Can’t he walk?)
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young made me cringe, as it is a channeled book ~ and people can pull rank on me in the comments all they want, but Jesus will never speak through a channeled book! ✋ Fervent was a tad weird, too. It ended up confusing me more than clearing up prayer, especially for someone like me, who had never prayed before.
That’s when I realized: I could be a Bible Christian or a NYT Bestseller Christian, but probably not both.
Especially since some of these books directly contradict the Bible.
I could sorta kinda get the general gist of God’s Word via so-and-so (while at the same time spending copious amounts of money on these books) or I could just read, re-read, and study my Bible.
Today, I only own a few Christian books and I can count them in one hand. Matter of fact, I can name them off the top of my head: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, Strange Fire by John Macarthur, and Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace (true-crime and Jesus… my two favorite things!).
I don’t spend a lot of money on books these days, and I stay connected to the Word, directly from the source. It’s working out quite nicely.
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