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

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Presbyterian Deacon

Puritan Board Graduate
Grace by Lewis Sperry Chafer - a classic dispensationalist tells us grace is. Yuck.

Prayer - Asking and Receiving by John R. Rice - an old-style fundamentalist thinks this is all there is to prayer. Yuck.
Another John R. Rice book that nobody needs to waste their time on is:

Predestined For Hell? No! :barfy:


Puritan Board Junior
The Millenial Maze by Grenz was pretty good.

As far as bad books go....

So Great a Salvation by Ryrie.....

I had to go out of my way to read it because we were doing critiques on Lordship salvation. Zane Hodges book was terrible also. I was first discipled by guys who were dispensational in thinking so they introduced me to Clarence Larkin's Dispensational truths. I round filed it right away when Larkin said the Church wasn't in the Old Testament and that its birthday was at Pentacost.

I avoid bad theological books. I don't have enough time to read all the good ones.
I like your new avatar, Randy. Perhaps you could manufacture it and sell it for profit. I would certainly buy one. :lol:


Puritan Board Freshman
What St. Paul Really Said, by N.T. Wright

The last two volumes of Westermann's Genesis commentary

The Call of Grace, by Norman Shepherd

The Covenantal Gospel, by Cornelis van der Waal

A Faith That Is Never Alone, edited by Andrew Sandlin

Women in the Church, by Grenz and Kjesbo

The Federal Vision, by Wilkins and Garner

I think I know why you put these in here, but worse than Purpose Driven Lifeor something by Osteen? Given the mass circulation of the Warren, Osteen, Hinn garbage--aren't they far more misleading? I guess what I'm asking is: Are widely circulated Osteen books worse than books by Norman Shepherd that 98 % of people in the world have never and would never pick up? Just curious. Thanks.:gpl:


Puritan Board Freshman
I was given a copy of The Believer's Authority by Kenneth Hagin peeehuuuu!! This guy is living proof that anyone can get people to follow them

I also read a book by his son called Executing Basics of Healing that one was worse than his fathers, I mean, it stinketh!!!!!


Puritan Board Graduate
Dick and Jane. Did more to hinder my intellectual development than anything else.

The book of mormon was by far the most boring book I've ever read. Boring!!!! Boring!!! I had to read it because I was working with a bunch of mormons and I wanted to talk to them about their god. Did I say it was boring?

Puritan Sailor

Puritan Board Doctor
Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament & Contemporary Contexts
by Joel B. Green and Mark D. Baker

I had to read this for a Christology class. It's basically the newest attempt to deny substitutionary atonement with a post-modern twist. They completely misrepresent covenant theology. Horrible scholarship... :2cents:


Puritan Board Graduate
The absolute worst is Barth, anything by Barth. John Hagee is more interesting than Barth. Probably more biblical too!


Puritan Board Sophomore
Speaking of boring, what about the Koran. Man that just about killed me trying to get through it! Perhaps that's what some want: dead infidels from reading the Koran.

Pilgrim's Progeny

Puritan Board Sophomore
The absolute worst is Barth, anything by Barth. John Hagee is more interesting than Barth. Probably more biblical too!
Every time I read your posts I hear Rush screaming at me, it is hard to seperate it in my mind, it is like, "Rush, your a ranting calvinist".:lol: His inflection is in every post, makes for interesting threads.



Iron Dramatist
I almost forgot about Brennan Manning. I thought I had repressed the memory of reading this book, The Ragamuffin Gospel.
Manning has been recommended to be by some of my Reformed friends. Is he really that bad?
From what I've read of him, yes, yes, and ... yes. He's a Catholic mystical priest, for one thing - that ought to set you on your guard before you hear anything about what he actually writes. He teaches that man is basically good (but flawed), that a key (if not THE) way to reach God is through essentially an Eastern, mystical meditative prayer complete with mantras, and rejects any semblance of an orthodox view concerning the necessity of Christ's shed blood on the cross. He has some shocking views concerning what he would term "liberty" but which is no less than license.

Don't touch him with a ten-foot pole. He seems to me to be just another "cool" cat that emergent and new agey-mystical folks like. I am surprised to hear that you have "Reformed" people suggesting him to you... I'd talk with them about what they find so attractive, and warn them about picking up "the next new thing."

Timothy William

Puritan Board Junior
I remembered another one - The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. My mother made me read it when I was about 15 - apparently my attitude was too negative. While she may have had a point about my attitude, reading that book certainly didn't help. I wasn't a believer at that stage, and wasn't converted until I was 19, but I could already see that the nonsense Peale was peddling wasn't the Gospel, nor did it make any logical sense. Unfortunately the book turned me into more of a cynic than I already was.


Puritan Board Junior
Two books in Highschool

Books that I should not have read, just not healthy for me at the time, were imposed on me in high school: Flowers for Algernon and Catcher in the Rye.

I recently had to read some weird books at seminary in my Ethics course, one of which was Nickel and Dimed (Not getting by in America) and Wendell Berry's Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays

Neither were believers and I spent good hard cash for theology and had to read this tripe. One was on being broke in the US and the other was (I guess) Christians have to be communal.


Puritan Board Doctor
Late Great Planet Earth by that greatest scholar of all time, Hal Lindsey.
He needs to keep writing - he's got all those alimony checks to write. He's been married - what? 5 times (at last count)?

Every time Lindsey sets pen to paper he sets the serious study of eschatology back ten years!
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