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on 30 November 2000
Having determined to read Kenyon, I started with this helpful book. It contains a summary of what Kenyon believed, alongside the writings of his contemporaries. The writer puts pay once and for all to suggestions that Kenyon was cultish, particularly the lie that he had leanings towards Christian Science. It also shows Kenyon, warts and all, as a man of God. I found this book very readable, scholarly and honest, with a deep appreciation of one of the last centuries most remarkable Bible teachers.
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on 12 June 1999
Kenyon has received serious criticism and charges of heresy from some of the "brethren" of our time. Yet his heart cry for Jesus is so obvious in all his writings, it seems hard to imagine his critics felt justified in their accusations. Joe McIntyre does fine research here into sources that were (a) available and overlooked by the critics, and (b) not reported because of bias. He also does a remarkable job in outlining Kenyon's beliefs and apologetics by contrasting them with leading figures of his time. This was one of the first books I've found that explains why those in the "faith movement" believe as they do.
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on 2 January 1999
I find part of the title,"...the True Story" somewhat vague. The author makes clear his appreciation of Kenyon's writings. As the author states, this book is not intended to be a biography (although it does contain some biographical information). Pastor McIntyre wrote this book in repsonse to 1 or 2 books written which have claimed that Kenyon was cultish. The author does a good job of showing that while Kenyon was influenced in his thinking by contemporaries, the Bible was his main influence. Pastor McIntyre also manages to be fairly objective in presenting Brother Kenyon as some one with faults just like us. I would not recommend this book for any one not already familiar with brother Kenyon's writings.
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on 3 April 2015
This book should be compulsory ready as a first step for any critic on the Word of Faith movement. In my post graduate work I have read most of the main critiques and they all latch on to this idea that Kenyon was mixing metaphysical ideas with the Gospel. Mostly because they rely on each other's work rather than primary sources. It is true that others take a different position on some theological issues but by-enlarge my own reading reveals that Kenyon is as orthodox as his contemporaries such as D.L. Moody, A.B. Simpson. At last Kenyon has a fair and balanced hearing in the volume. Highly recommend.
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