Promise of Provision, The: Living and Giving from God’s Abundant Supply by Derek Prince
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Is your life empty? Do you not have the riches that you expected when you signed up for this Christianity thing? Well, you are in luck because in his newest book (published posthumously) Derek Prince offers 5 steps and 3 principles that are sure to get God to pay up for what he owes you. Of course, that is not the way he puts it. In fact throughout the book he denies that he is teaching the prosperity gospel and that the term “prosperity” means more than finances, yet most of his examples of God’s promises fulfilled mean amassing large amounts of material wealth.
Though he expressly denies it, Prince, like the other “prosperity gospel” preachers including Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, teaches a strong perspective on the law. Essentially he says that if we were to take God’s promises seriously and do what God commands, then we would have the wealth and prosperity that is promised in the Bible. That is, as a matter of fact, entirely true. The only trouble is that God expects perfect compliance with the Law, and none have been successful but Christ.
The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What is the truth of the cross? It may sound to many like a very simple question. Yet we live in a time where the truth and reason for Christ’s death has become hijacked by many who have made something entirely different of it. People like Brian McLaren appear to be reinventing the purpose of Christ’s death while others like Rob Bell have determined that Christ’s sacrifice was a sort of psychological relief to get people to realize that they did not need to sacrifice animals to please God (see Drops Like Stars, Love Wins, and his tour video The Gods Aren’t Angry).
It is in this time that books like RC Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross become more and more essential to the preservation of the truth of our faith. In his easy conversational style, Sproul begins at the beginning (a very good place to start) and describes our desperate need for a Savior. He walks us through the covenant that God made with Abraham to bless all the nations through him. Sproul then analyzes our vast debt of sin and the impossibility of our repayment.