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I Told Me So: The Role of Self-Deception in Christian Living
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|Title: I Told Me So: The Role of Self-Deception in Christian Living|
By: Gregg A. Ten Elshof
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW864116
Elshof is talented in artfully weaving Scripture verses into his writings, using them liberally and consistently. Rarely does a chapter pass without three or four biblical references followed by scriptural examples.
However, I Told Me So is not without its faults. Readers may be offended by crude abbreviations quoted in the book, as well as bothered by repetitive opening chapters. Sentence variation is sparse, and some words become overused. The book also takes a little more time getting to the solutions, focusing more than four chapters on describing the plague of self-deception when a single chapter would have been adequate.
Yet, even with its blemishes, I Told Me So is a powerful book that forces the readers to analyze themselves honestly and to cast away the lies they may have been holding onto. Elshof eagerly wishes for his readers to develop a stronger and more intimate relationship with Christ, and mature Christians from any denomination could find growth in his book. The author is relatable, sincere, and open, making this book an enjoyable text in spite of a few trouble spots. Nan Johnson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Socrates famously asserted that the unexamined life is not worth living. But Gregg Ten Elshof shows us that we make all sorts of little deals with ourselves every day in order to stave off examination and remain happily self-deceived. Most provocatively, he suggests this is not all bad! While naming its temptations, Ten Elshof also offers a strange celebration of self-deception as a gracious gift. In the tradition of Dallas Willard, I Told Me So is a wonderful example of philosophy serving spiritual discipline. A marvelous, accessible and, above all, wise book." /
Dallas Baptist University
"In this wise, well-crafted work Ten Elshof helps us to identify, evaluate, and respond to our own self-deceptive strategies, as he probes with occasional self-deprecation and unavoidable humor the bottomless mysteries of the human heart. His reflections on interpersonal self-deception and groupthink are especially helpful. To tell me the truth, Im glad I read this book. You will be too I promise."
Dallas Willard (from the foreword)
"Ten Elshofs discussions are erudite, biblical, searching, and laced with soul-restoring wisdom. All of this together means that this book is solidly pastoral. What it brings to us is appropriate to individuals, but it especially belongs in the context of small groups and local congregations."
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