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Posted April 26, 2013
That this author, whose prose reads like the convictions of a yo
That this author, whose prose reads like the convictions of a young Christian in progress, should come to the conclusion she does, is not surprising. That Tyndale Publishing should show the same level of theological immaturity and actually endorse this muddled mindset in book form, is not only surprising, but appalling.
Where more seasoned New Yorkers and mature Christians recognize her experience as Phase 1 of “Dying to Self, New York Style”, the author not only draws the wrong conclusion but thinks it’s the climax of her journey. After only a brief tenure in New York City (real New Yorkers don’t call a home with three flights of stairs an apartment; it’s called a brownstone or “living in Queens”), her conclusion proves that she’s barely off the porch. Christian New Yorkers would concur that it’s quite common to experience a period of anxiety, feeling inadequate when comparing their seemingly mundane lives to those of their jet-setting, policy-making, culture-creating neighbors. But most of them move on to a more sound theological “Why.” Ms. Lyons, however, plays right into the secular handbook, conjuring up the tired old epiphany that she’s hiding her talents and must do “Something Important!” and worse, she tries to twist this world-shaped argument into a Christ-shaped one. Additional reflection has driven more mature Christians before her to continue their journey, at which point they recognize this superficial, insidious world-view for the distracting trap it is, and consider that perhaps God didn’t bring them to New York to find their air-brushed, book-toured calling so much as find Him and, as the Westminster Catechism reminds us, to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Admittedly, there was a fair amount of glorification sprinkled throughout the book, but God was rarely the recipient.
This book gives exactly the wrong message to the very demographic that will buy it in droves: women who struggle with feelings of inadequacy, anxiety or boredom. Instead of reorienting their navel-gazing toward the True Answer to assuage their emptiness, this book is in danger of leading them down a path of continued inadequacy, pressure, and despair by suggesting that all that navel-gazing isn’t wrong after all but it’s actually God opening their eyes to find just the right agent, ghostwriter, or contact who will help them fulfill their deepest desires, I mean calling.
Our culture puts so much pressure on people to ‘follow their passions’ and Christians have by and large bought into this secular snake-oil. A quick perusal of well-regarded theologians will show that ‘calling’ doesn’t mean ‘job’, but rather means we’re called to be God’s saints and to walk in the knowledge of his truth. That’s it. It does not require any academic training, but is something inherent in our make-up. Secondly, we are not told to find our calling and then glorify God. When we glorify God first, soak in Him, rest in Him, then, and only then, will we be able to use our calling to His glory and it won’t require falling anywhere, except away from our own selfish desires. Lastly, a healthy sign we’re well on our way is that any personal declarations drawing attention to our actions will be considered not only unnecessary, but in bad taste. The bible is very clear about false teaching and leading people astray. Someone at Tyndale Publishing needs to brush up on their theology.
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Posted May 24, 2013
"Purpose Drive Life" meets "Eat, Pray, Love"
"Purpose Drive Life" meets "Eat, Pray, Love" with the forward by Brian Maclaren. And more cliches than an Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest entry.
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Posted July 17, 2013
I don't see how this book was published. These aren't real problems or solutions. Amazing how the author really thinks she has it figured out enough to provide advice to people. Her smattering of Bible verses to make it sound so theological. I almost threw my nook against the wall. I'm really hoping to she finds her real calling because writing is not it. My suspicion is her husband put her up to writing this book so he would get her to stop whining about her privledged life and then he called in a favor to have it published because no reputable publisher would put this to print.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.