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Lie and Die

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The story of Ananias and Sapphira, in verses 1-11, is shocking and disturbing.

They sell some property and conspire to keep a portion of the profits for themselves.

They lie about the purchase price and are struck dead.

Peter asks, “Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?”

It’s better to be honest and keep your stuff than to sugar-coat your generosity and pretend you’re better than you really are.

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Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing by Phil Cooke

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The author, Phil Cooke, may be a successful TV producer.

But I don’t find him a compelling author.

My impression is that Mr. Cooke was expecting to serve up a book full of nuggets of worldy wisdom, grounded in a Biblical perspective and seasoned with a career in Hollywood.

Unfortunately, on many occasions, the author’s vignettes and interpretations came across as a bit shallow and misguided.

For instance, in “Jolt #7,” we read about a TV soundman who caught a vision to advance in his career.  However, this process put a strain on his marriage because of new responsibilities and opportunities for travel.  Mr. Cooke criticizes the soundman’s wife for being upset about her husband’s new responsibilities and frames this interaction as manipulative and short-sighted.

But I see the wife’s point-of-view and think that it is questionable that her concerns were all inappropriate and manipulative.

The layout and structure of the book are very interesting.  If you read the chapter titles, section headers, and quotes (found on nearly every page), then you may find this book worth an hour of your time.

Otherwise, I’d suggest you pass.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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