Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Necessity of an Enemy by Ron Carpenter Jr.

I had some weird feelings about starting this book. It sounded like one of those books written by a wealth & health preachers. Then I looked at Carpenter's website and my hopes sank even further.

This book is basically Ron Carpenter's defense of a get-rich-quick scheme that had him and his church in hot political water.

A guy came up with one of those "can't lose" claims and took Carpenter, who goes by Apostle Carpenter, and his church's single mom's ministry hook, line and sinker.

There are eight parts to read through and each segment within these parts are only two to three pages long. It's a quick read of Carpenter's personal experiences with challenges and enemies.

He then pulls examples from Joseph and David to explain how God will use these super negative experiences for your good - that it will, in fact, be your best opportunity.

There is a study guide at the end of this book to help you think through some of the topics raised in this book - if anyone actually reads those anymore.

So he does use Scripture but I suppose my failing in reading this book was the stereotype bias I already had about this author before even reading one word. It was hard not to see this as religious-pop psychology hybrid lessons.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your prejudiced state of mind caused you to be way off on your review. I've read the book and plan on reading it again. In no way did I think of it as some prosperity message. I could go on and on about my trials and tribulations but it wouldn't matter cause it would be another book. You wouldn't read it or be prejudiced towards it. Sometimes our view of Christian speakers can cloud the truth of the message