Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Book review: Joyce Meyer- Start your new life today

Start your new life today
Joyce Meyer

Start your new life today is designed as an introduction to the Christian life for those considering the Christian faith or who are new Christians.

For those considering the Christian faith, you could do a lot worse than this. The gospel presentation spread over the first few chapters is reasonably done, although a few points like the eternal consequences of sin could have used a little more elaboration.

Progressing further into the book is advice for new Christians. It is mostly advice on Christian living (emotions, attitude, making right choices ect.) If I was counseling a new Christian, I probably wouldn't give them this book. It isn't necessarily that the advice is bad, but that some of the issues it discusses probably should be much lower down the priority list for a new Christian to learn.  I would prefer to be giving them something that tells them a lot more about God, the bible and theology than this does.

While maybe not so good as a primer on Christianity for new believers, it is a good way to get acquainted with the big ideas Joyce teaches quickly. The big ideas from a number of her books and teachings are condensed into this one. As always you need to approach it with discernment. There were a few things in it I wasn't so sure about  The book is made up of 88 very short (usually 2-3 pages) chapters which makes it quite easy to read.