Worst book you've read? (Grenz, for me!)

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  1. No Longer A Libertine

    No Longer A Libertine Puritan Board Senior

    I recollect my mom checking out a copy of "Everybody Poops" when I was three and I found it quite patronizing.
     
  2. Beoga

    Beoga Puritan Board Freshman

    I would be so ecstatic to wake up and Sproul was hiding under my bed (alive)!

    I am close to finishing up Letter to A Christian Nation by Sam Harris. So far it is has seemed pretty shallow to me. I am wanting to read Wilson's response to Harris to see if Wilson's response is any good.
     
  3. danmpem

    danmpem Puritan Board Junior

    :rofl:
     
  4. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate


    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  5. christianyouth

    christianyouth Puritan Board Senior

    I agree with Davidius, that the Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee could be the worse book ever written.

    One that is worse, is ANYTHING by Andrew Murray.:barfy:

    The worse book I read by a Reformed author would have to be John MacArthur's Saved Without a Doubt. It was really compact, and because of that it gave some very weak, packaged answers to the hard passages that Conditional Security people use. I just couldn't get interested in this book, not sure if it was the writing style.

    At the public library by my house I read some pretty bad books in the Christianity section. As a new convert I didn't understand that there were such things as liberal Christians. So I ended up reading a lot of books and coming away confused. One was an attack on the Bible, in the Christianity section. The other was about Aliens, Mexico and Christianity(odd book).

    Thankfully now I have a good website to poke around on and pick up on who are the good authors. :)
     
  6. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritanboard Amanuensis


    :lol:
     
  7. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior


    Yes, he is. I have met Manning, been to several of his conferences, and have read several of his books. He is a former papist priest, who is now married, but is still Roman Catholic. He speaks at papist conferences and is well received by liberals and some evangelicals. He denies justification by faith alone and is a very liberal Roman Catholic in advocating tolerance toward homosexuality. He has neo-orthodox leanings and is associated with many left-winged "evangelicals" like Tony Campolo and Ron Sider. I wonder how reformed someone is who would recommend Manning. I would caution people to stay clear of his teachings.
     
  8. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior

    I believe, if he is still married, he is currently living with his third wife. He is trice an adulterer and has no connection to a church.
     
  9. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior

    Keep repressing that memory. It will do your soul good.
     
  10. LadyCalvinist

    LadyCalvinist Puritan Board Junior

    What is the worst book I have ever read? There were so many.
    Does Anyone remember the Joshua books by Joseph Girzone? :barfy:
    Bad, very bad.
    But the worst book I tried to get through is When God was taken captive by Willard Aldritch. Totally Arminian, he says we are able to obey the Gospel; :eek: he has never heard of Total Depravity, Orgininal Sin and quite possibly the book of Romans.
     
  11. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior


    Him and Schuller were great buddies. Peale was an RCA minister, who had influence on many of the RCA ministers of his generation, and was a regular speaker at conferences for the Unity cult in Kansas City. If you read his material (if you don't vomit) he is heavily into Religious Science and some of the teaching that effected the Fillmores who founded Unity School of "Christianiy" headquarted in Lee's Summitt, Missouri. Now we know why the RCA has fallen into apostacy.
     
  12. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    Lincoln Money Martyred. A conspiracy buff had me read it to open my eyes to the truth. Authored by R.E. Search (I'm serious). Some guy delves into the National Archives and discovers our money system is secretly run by a hand full of Jews, and when Lincoln found out they killed him. His main proof was a ghost that appeared in the last chapter to fill in the blanks of his research.

    The second was The Trail of Blood by JM Caroll. The Landmark Baptist account of history.

    The third is The New Testament Church by Bill Downing, a Reformed Baptist pastor in the San Jose CA area. It's also a Landmark Baptist type historical account of how the Baptists have survived pure through out the ages in the form of the Paulatians, Bogomils, etc...

    The fourth was Hal Lindsay's The Road To Holocaust which blames Christianity and Christian Reconstruction specifically for the killing and future killing of innocent Jews.

    Then there are the works of Bonhoeffer, which I don't like because I don't understand them and I've tried to.
     
  13. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member



    I am sure that, in terms of impact, you are quite right. I was only referring to books I had actually read. I haven't read (and will not read!) the ones you have mentioned. As Martin Snyder said, I don't even have enough time to read all the good books.
     
  14. jaybird0827

    jaybird0827 PuritanBoard Honor Roll

    Yeah, Dealing with the Devil. That was my first clue that all is not well with Christian bookstores. In the mid-70's mind you. I don't think I read more than 20 or 30 pages before I tore it up. Yeah, I know, that many???
     
  15. lwadkins

    lwadkins Puritan Board Junior

    Amen to that, and I can't read with the intensity that I once did. I must be getting old. :lol:
     
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  16. FenderPriest

    FenderPriest Puritan Board Junior

    I saw a couple people list Desiring God by Piper as the worst, or near worst, book they ever read. Could you guys explain that? Thanks!
     
  17. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior

    I would agree...but there are some useful quotes of the church father's in Chosen but Free ! Alas, my dog chewed it up. God's providence I imagine.

    Also anything by John Eldredge. I could barely stomach "Wild at Heart."
     
  18. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior


    LOL
     
  19. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior

    I think Peale's book blazed a trail in the Christian Self Help Genre.

    *** Which reminds me of a scene from blazing saddles **** :worms:( can of beans, not worms )
     
  20. Pilgrim's Progeny

    Pilgrim's Progeny Puritan Board Sophomore

    They have a clip on You tube, type in Blazing Saddles, top of the list
     
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  21. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Remember Peter Ruckman...... I have a commentary that was given to me by someone on the book of Exodus. It isn't a commentary on the book per se. It is a critique of everyone else's views on the book. LOL

    This guy has to know he is a liar concerning manuscript history.
     
  22. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Remember His book... Help Lord, The Devil wants me fat!


    Dealing with the Devil and that one were big when I was in the Navy many moons ago.
     
  23. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritanboard Commissioner

    ???

    Is it three? I came across part of his bio on the internet. Is it inaccurate?

    Jan - Second wife, worked together in Campus Crusade (mother of his three grown children).

    Kim - Third wife (on back cover of Planet Earth - 2000; sister of author Johanna Michaelsen)

    JoLyn, Fourth wife????, a member of Tetelestai and in a Bible class taught by Lindsey when she was evidently "discovered" by Hal.
     
  24. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritanboard Commissioner

    ???

    Is it three? I came across this bio on the internet.

    Converted after first marriage broke up.

    Jan - Second wife, worked together in Campus Crusade (mother of his three grown children).

    Kim - Third wife (on back cover of Planet Earth - 2000; sister of author Johanna Michaelsen)

    JoLyn, Fourth wife????, a member of Tetelestai and in a Bible class taught by Lindsey when she was evidently "discovered" by Hal.
     
  25. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior

    Really? I was not aware that he was married a fourth time. So much for church discipline.
     
  26. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritanboard Commissioner

    You only need to be a "one woman" man when you are an elder. Hal is a celebrity. :think: And, by the way, I don't KNOW that he is married 4 times, merely that some bio information on the Internet mentions his fourth wife???
     
  27. Stephen

    Stephen Puritan Board Junior

    It is a consolation that he has only had one at a time :lol:
     
  28. Vonnie Dee

    Vonnie Dee Puritan Board Freshman

    The worst book I have ever read was "A Divine Revelation of Hell" or something like that. Mary Baxter said that she left her body and spent time in Hell so that she could come and tell us about it (for just $9.99). Her trip to hell was so profitable, she took another trip. This one was to heaven. I ordered it from CBD for a book club that I belonged to at the time. :banghead: I didn't take her second trip with her though.
     
  29. matthew11v25

    matthew11v25 Puritan Board Sophomore

    serious??? :think:
     
  30. jaybird0827

    jaybird0827 PuritanBoard Honor Roll

    Help Lord, The Devil wants me fat!

    I didn't know he wrote THAT. Figures.

    :rofl:
     
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