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Nice core message, but a poorly written, poorly argued wishy-washy feel good book.
on 12 May 2012
On starting the book, I was quite positive, the core message seemed really relevent to me and many Christians I have met. I overlooked the cringeworthy back cover which promises a great deal more than any book (save the Bible) has done for me.
This central idea of getting people out of the pauper mentality is very important. Being trapped in an attitude of inferiority or unimportance can really damage you as a person, the people around you and your walk with God. The way they attempt this, though, is really poor. The book implies that we 'become what we imagine' (actually a subheading), that names are 'prophetic declarations' (I'll come back to this in a bit) and other ideas of a similar ilk.
There is very little reference to the bible, and when there is, it is misquoted or irrelevent to the argument. It seems like Kris and Bill are screaming out for qualification of some idea that popped into one or the other's head. The anecdotes used rarely have anything to do with the point which they are trying to make, and they make massively bold claims with only the support of "I thought of it" and "there was a vaguely similar event in my life". Furthermore, any one point is only discussed for a page or two, giving such little basis for the conclusions that I struggled to read a whole chapter in a sitting (I love reading) because I had to really search for a line of argument set out in the normal way.
The book has many references to influence, and how to increase this etc. and other 'self help' style points. I really despise this attitude of getting to know God for our own personal gain, why should we want influence? I am a sinful, failing human being without God, and the only way I want influence over people is if there is as little of 'old me' left. So I'm all for God using his people to have influence over others for his will to be done on earth, but that should be God's influence, not mine!
Another of the many points I have an issue with is 'Prophetic Declaration'. Yes, I believe in prophecy, but the phrase 'prophetic declaration' means nothing, if it is a prophecy, it's from God, and if it's a declaration, it's from you! I also believe we can say, or even 'declare' Godly things, and truth from the Bible without it being prophecy, and that is good and helpful. My main point is; We Can Not Prophesy Of Our Own Accord Without God. How Kris and Bill think exalting people to the position of God is acceptable or helpful, I don't know.
In conclusion, the ideas flit from one to another, it seems like they put in less effort to plan or structure the book than the average Amazon reviewer. It is filled with big, potentially damaging ideas, feel good nonesense phrases and a vacuum of any original sound theology.
Do Not buy this book.