Book Reviews: The 10-Second Rule: Following Jesus Made Simple
Iâ€”wronglyâ€”judged this book by its spine. Mentally adding its title to the authorâ€™s name, I visualized a ditzy blonde evangelical whose theology was even shallower than her title implied. I got a few pages in to The 10-Second Rule: Following Jesus Made Simple (10, 2013) and realized that Clare De Graaf is a Dutch grandfather from Grand Rapids, Mich., and could probably run circles around any modern-day Reformed theologian.
Christopher, I think you are right on. Books are simply the teachings of men in the written form. I wonder if those who are against them listen to sermons? Also, why would there be a spiritual gift of teaching if it was unnecessary? You are right, also, that we have to exercise discernment in whose teaching and writings we put ourselves under.
Some have had deep discussions concerning the need for books in a previous thread. I find books very helpful in putting things in perspective and providing real world applications/examples. In short, they help me to make sense out of some things that would otherwise be vague. A book may discuss a Biblical theology, and while the Bible provides the scriptures, a book may expound upon a topic I am trying to grasp by including historical record, lifestyle at that particular moment in time, local laws, or whatever, you get the point. The problem for me, however, is figuring out who is safe to read because I don't want to take any left turns. Hmmm.
I haven't read the book, but according to the review, the purpose of this book is, in fact, to help people obey the commands of Scripture that they read.
I agree that "Everything we need to know and do is in [the Bible]", but, judging from the review anyway, this book seems not to be adding anything to God's holy word. Rather it appears to be giving some practical tips on dieing to self and obeying Jesus.
...or... The Roman Road Romans 3:10 As it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one." Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Romans 10:13 For "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved."---NASB