Nov 21

The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson ?

This must be one of the worst books that I’ve read in a long time, being so bad that the last half was simply skimmed. I read it in the guest house in N’Djemena while waiting for our plane out of Chad. Bruce provides the prayer of Jabez as a mantra, as a recital that will guarantee one success in life. It is almost Buddist in its orientation, and I suppose some day he will make a prayer wheel out of his book so that the wind will generate increased blessing. To the serious reader, it will do more damage than good, by promising a false way to approach God, and what we might expect of Him. I am sick of books that turns God into Dog, the cosmic puppy-dog that will do tricks for you, or fetch something at your bidding. Unfortunately, the rest of this review was lost in my iWeb “bug”, but wasn’t favorable for the book. I don’t have a copy of the book to refresh my mind as to what else I may have written.

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2 Responses to “The Prayer of Jabez”

  1. Dave says:

    I think any book which is titled or subtitled with anything like “How to get God to _____” is probably not worth picking up. We could re-title it “How to manipulate your deity.”

  2. Agree….

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