Three Books that helped me form a Biblical Worldview

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Three Books that helped me form a Biblical Worldview

Postby Sid2 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:02 am

The three books [besides the Bible] that most helped me form a Biblical worldview were:


I don't agree with everything these authors wrote, or care to defend their personal lives and issues, but these three books helped form me in my Christian walk.

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Re: Three Books that helped me form a Biblical Worldview

Postby Col323 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:05 pm

Good topic! I'm trying to read more myself, so I'm always on the lookout for books and appreciate getting recommendations from others. Do you mind me asking what in each book had such an impact on your worldview? I like getting a gist of books before reading since I'm not so accomplished/persistent that I can plow through any book I pick up.

Here are a couple books that changed my behavior and/or thinking. Maybe not so much in the political realm, but definitely shaped my attitude and view of the world to be more Biblical:

No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin. I read this a while ago, and should probably read it again to refresh my memory. Basically, many people around me say, "He's the nicest guy." But that doesn't mean jack if I'm not standing for what I believe in, or being assertively nice (aka reaching out to others and shining Christ's light).

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis. This book is old and therefore the language can be tough to parse (but no tougher than some of my posts ;) ), but I remember reading this and thinking, "Wow, that's what I want in me." The book is more like a prayer of what I want God to do in my life than something I'd say I memorize or quote from.

The Power of Humility: Living Like Jesus by R. T. Kendall. Like I mentioned above, being a "nice guy" can get somebody thinking they have it together. This book really helped me understand the different ways pride infects us and corrupts our relationships. It made me more self-aware and question why I may want to say or do something. Unfortunately, I have a long way to go in these parts.

So there are a few from me. Like you, I think it's wise to not blindly swallow every word an author throws at us, and to use books to supplement our Bible reading. But I'm curious to hear more from you or others who read.
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Re: Three Books that helped me form a Biblical Worldview

Postby USAFA82 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:30 pm

Those are great choices. I have to admit that I'm not much of a book reader, however, other than the Bible. I like to use Tabletalk in my studies.

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Re: Three Books that helped me form a Biblical Worldview

Postby Sid2 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:11 am

Col323 wrote:Do you mind me asking what in each book had such an impact on your worldview?



Not at all.

I read TLGPE in the early '70's and it helped me understand the march of Bible prophesy and God's grand design that was/is playing out exactly according to His plan. It helped me to see the plan and destiny of the Jewish people, the conflict/wars in the Middle East, the rise in Europe and put modern trends into a Biblical-based perspective. It helped me realize that the hatred of the Muslims against Israel and the west was satanically inspired and that made watching events unfolding in that part of the world make sense. To fully understand the true nature of Islam, one must not only understand history, but also Bible prophesy. . . without both, the mess in the Middle East is confused beyond recognition.

The Seduction of Christianity helped me see through the bad theology of the televangelists and the health/wealth/name it and claim it hucksters and the charismatic healing frauds. The gifts of the Spirit are easy to counterfeit, the fruits are more difficult. It helped me realize that apostasy, paganism and social justice politics are easier to find in the end times churches than authentic Christianity and sound Bible teaching. Spiritual deception, in the context of Bible prophesy, helped me see the march of the a/c and his one world economy, politics and religion coming to fruition day by day.

The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow helped me realize that so much of the New Age Movement [NAM] was paganism, occultism and satanism re-packaged. The true basis of witchcraft, astrology, yoga, meditation, altered states of consciousness, drug abuse, porn, pop-psychology, psychic healing, UFOology, environment theology, the ecumenical movement as NAM make the whole sordid epidemic understandable.

All three should be on the required list for mature Christians.
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Re: Three Books that helped me form a Biblical Worldview

Postby Col323 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:17 am

Wow, all three sound like good and informative reads. Thanks for the synopses!
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Re: Three Books that helped me form a Biblical Worldview

Postby Sid2 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:08 am

Sid2 wrote:I read TLGPE in the early '70's and it helped me understand the march of Bible prophesy and God's grand design that was/is playing out exactly according to His plan. It helped me to see the plan and destiny of the Jewish people, the conflict/wars in the Middle East, the rise in Europe and put modern trends into a Biblical-based perspective. It helped me realize that the hatred of the Muslims against Israel and the west was satanically inspired and that made watching events unfolding in that part of the world make sense. To fully understand the true nature of Islam, one must not only understand history, but also Bible prophesy. . . without both, the mess in the Middle East is confused beyond recognition.



The Evening News reads like TLGPE:


  • Everywhere one looks, we see the problems getting bigger and the resources, courage and leadership to deal with them fading away, just as promised.

  • The current events of the entire world are revolving around Jerusalem, just as promised.

  • We are watching Russia and Iran becoming allies, just as promised.

  • The stage is being set for the worldwide government, religion, military, society and economy, just as promised.

  • The nations of the world are more polarized and belligerent than ever, just as promised.

  • We are fixing to see a war that will kill 1/3 of mankind [2B people] begin any day now, just as promised.


With a Biblical worldview, current events are predictable and make sense. . .

. . . without one, the world situation is a confusing wad of macrame.
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