In my home the sign that I've picked up a really good new book is that my wife steals it from me before I can finish it. She doesn't tell me what she has done; the book simply disappears and I have to go hunting for it.
I was really enjoying Steve McVey's new book, "52 Lies Heard In Church Every Sunday--and Why the Truth Is So Much Better," until it disappeared. Who do you suppose just confessed to having stolen it?
Steve is an amazing writer with a particular knack for exposing deception which so commonly plagues and hinders the church. Reading each chapter in his new book is like taking a refreshing shower after a particularly difficult or trying experience. It's truly invigorating and liberating! I have yet to read more than one chapter at a time because there is so much to reflect upon after each one.
If you're looking for a book that's filled with "Ah-ha!" moments, this is it, chapter after chapter. You'll come back to it again and again, and I highly recommend it.
One word describes this book: deception. The author tries to expose 52 lies about common Christian teachings, but actually creates a few lies in the process.
Many of the issues he seeks to debunk as lies or half-truths are actually only a different way of saying much the same thing. And where there is a substantive difference in the so called lie and the author's view, he rarely makes a convincing case.
While there are a few common Christian phrases that the author exposes as shallow thinking, most of the book is the author asserting his interpretation as true and another a lie, when both would fit into the range of Christian orthodoxy.
The book was a disappointment. I would not recommend this book.