“Why did you announce on your blog you were going to review a book you haven’t read yet,” my sister in Christ asked with concern in her voice.
“Well, I didn’t say WHEN it was going to be…”
Last year, I received an email asking me to review a book. I Was Reached Out To Personally To Review A Book!!! Some of you also were asked to review the book.
‘The Paradox of Perfection: How Embracing Our Imperfection Perfects Us’ by Jeffery S. Reber and Steven P. Moody
It’s not an easy read. It is written by authors who are well educated and both are therapists, that in itself isn’t bad at all! 🙂 It’s just you might have to chew through the wording or reread sentences to fully understand what is being said.
For me it’s heavy, and not in a good way. I felt a lot of it was circling, and I was confused when particular parts contradicted themselves.
Going through the book there were a lot of things that appeared to be “off,” and I couldn’t understand quite why. Later, a fellow sister in Christ, who also was reading the book, let me know that the authors have a background in Mormonism, and everything then made a lot of sense.
Knowing this, I think I need to do some studying in understanding the Mormon faith to better understand the perspective of the book.
This isn’t to be disrespectful to the authors. This isn’t to judge the book unrighteously, but to have righteous judgment and discernment. A book review IS a form of judgment and for anyone to argue we cannot judge others at all lest we judged, please consider these verses.
(NIV) John 7:24, “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
(NIV) Matthew 7:02, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“ (If our standard for others is righteous judgment and in love, not hasty and harsh, that’s a good standard to be judged on.)
Tiptoeing around people’s feelings and only speaking “nice” things isn’t going to benefit anyone when false teachings are misleading. Whether or not we like it we will be judged one day, and part of that judgment is did we speak the truth in love? Did we try to snatch others from the fire? Did we speak out of love for the Savior and not out of the love and praise of men?
I want to speak the truth in love and do it correctly/righteously. I want to do proper research and not be hasty with my words.
(NIV) Matthew 12:36, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
If you would like to learn about Mormonism, how someone came out of the movement, and how to witness to Mormons check out this interview by Melissa Doughtery with a former Mormon.
Did you ever agree to something before really thinking it over?
Community Prayer for June 2020
Monthly Scripture – (NKJ) Psalm 85:07, “Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation.”
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