[refer to original post and comments at “The Apple You Were Fed”]
I’ve read this book. I am going to throw in there that I have a degree in literature too, just to give some background on where I get off disagreeing with you.
**People disagree with me all the time — with and without degrees. I am a Mom. 🙂
To be sure, there are things that you’re saying with which I totally agree. Your review does seem a bit “harsh,” to use your word, which I suppose is the nature of a bad review. I will especially buy the whole “should have been labeled as an evangelical work” comment.
**Thanks. And that was the point of my comments. I originally became aware of this book when JJ posted about it in what I thought was a hopeful tone. She seemed to see a book about working across major differences to help each other through life’s difficulties. I was disappointed with what I found at the authors’ website though. I got the message there that the ONLY way to deal with difficulties was to find Jesus.
Not the encouraging idea that JJ thought she saw, at all.
“As sincere as these ladies sound in their beliefs, I don’t think they truly understand that all of the lessons they learned are just life lessons, which are learned, I hope, by all adults as they mature and have nothing to do with God or Jesus or any other religious icon. They are simply common sense adjustments to the reality we all face every day, some more difficult than others but none requiring magic of any kind.” I find this comment to make a little less sense than the rest of your review. The whole point of the book was that they failed to learn these lessons until they used God’s love to fill the void in their lives.”
**Yes, I agree, that is the point of the book. And not what I think we were initially led to believe it was about. I feel that the authors look at life’s issues and pretend that they can deal with them in a real-world way, but really their agenda is to assure us that they can’t and we can’t. That we need Jesus.
Furthermore, COME ON, “life lessons . . . are learned . . . by all adults as they mature”? They address alcoholism, infidelity, coldness, lack of self worth, etc. It would be nice if everyone learned how to overcome those problems without “God or Jesus . . . [or] magic,” but not everyone does. In fact, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who recovered from these problems who swear by such hocus pocus as religion.
**Since you include the whole sentence I wrote above, let’s read it. I include the phrase “I hope” for a reason. Not everyone, of course, does deal well with life’s strains. Read the rest of this entry »