Earlier this month I received Relentless by John Bevere to review for Waterbrook Press. From reading the excerpts before I got the book I was really looking forward to reading it. Although once I started reading it I was quickly let down. Although John makes some good points throughout the book I feel he used lots of scripture out of context and used a lot of the "name it, and claim it" cult-type philosophies which is scary ground to be walking on. His idea for the book of being relentless and pressing on in our Christian walk I think is fabulous, and very much a needed topic of discussion, but I feel that most of what he's written is self-help, you're in charge of your destiny sort of business.
One quote in particular that really concerned me was, ""GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL" because "he put us in charge of the earth" (Gen 1:27-28). "Who is in charge of the earth? We are! If God were in control of the earth as many of us believe, then"... "God would have intervened and slapped [the forbidden fruit] from Adam's hand" to prevent The Fall of mankind. Yikes! This was also very concerning to me, "You and I, NOT GOD, are in control of how life is run on this planet." Another yikes! It's true that we are Christ's body here on earth until here returns to do his will and love others to Christ's, we are certainly NOT in control of how things are run down here, not one bit! There are lots of other instances in the book where quotes would jump out at me and the Holy Spirit would put a check in my spirit.
This was a difficult book to get through, especially since I was not in agreement with lots of what was written, and I would not recommend it to any born-again Christian. Or anyone for that matter, I feel it is misleading and false, and who wants to be mislead? Exactly.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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