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9 Common Lies Christians Believe and Why God’s Truth Is Infinitely Better is a book that takes nine phrases and explains why they are misperceptions. However, this book doesn’t stop there. Like the title, if you  just say, “9 Common Lies Christians Believe,” the reader doesn’t really understand the purpose of the book. The book takes those lies and shows how the truth is indeed better.

This book really had an impact on me. You see, some of these phrases are ones I’ve used and even sought for comfort, and they weren’t effective. Many of them (in my opinion) are just to the left or right of the truth, but to seek these things and not scripture can leave a person unfulfilled and even disenfranchised because they have only a partial understanding on what it is to be Christian, and the lack of a complete truth becomes an effective lie that works against the faith.

Shane Pruitt does an amazing job of breaking down each phrase and clarifying it with solid theological information if not direct Biblical reference, which might be the only gripe I have on this book.  It’s been about three months since I finished the book, so I can’t be sure, but I don’t recall any scriptural reference, which I think would have multiplied the effectiveness of the premise.

I don’t want to take from Pruitt’s book, so I’ll only tease a few phrases he looks into:  Follow your heart. God just wants me to be happy. God doesn’t give more than you can handle.

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This image of Mr. Pruitt was taken from his website for review purposes under Fair Use doctrine. 

I’ve used almost all nine of the phrases in the book (I think). And this book helped me see in a different light. Some of these things I have come to learn through my own walk in life, but this book validated a lot of those evolved ideas. Others I realize what I meant, but what I meant (connotation) was vastly different than what I said (denotation).

I think this book is something I’d recommend to anyone new in the faith or someone who is interested in becoming a Christian.  Obviously, the best book to read is The Bible. This book does provide some pretty good context to a lot of things many Christians say or even think.

Thanks for reading,

Matt

4 thoughts on “Book Review: 9 Common Lies Christians Believe by Shane Pruitt

  1. In my experience as a pastor “God just wants me to be happy…” (and the closely-related “follow your heart”) may be the most destructive of the lot as it lets our all-too-human rationalization of unrepentant sin kick in. Of course, at the other end of the spectrum is the error that “God doesn’t want you to be happy. He wants you to be holy…” as if the two were mutually exclusive and happiness is somehow sinful (and don’t even get me started on the error that “happiness and joy are two completely different things”).

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    1. I’d actually be curious to hear about that. In some of my own testimony, I told people I sometimes get happy, but I didn’t have joy. I made distinctions as to what those words meant to me, but please feel free to discuss. Yes, the idea that God doesn’t have any you to be happy lis a big one. At my current state, I would say that understanding the true source of happiness and/or joy is what is most important. Thoughts?

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      1. The words commonly translated happiness, joy, and gladness (and all the variations of those words) are used pretty much interchangeably in Scripture (e.g. Matthew 5:11-12 uses all three). The idea that “happiness is shallower than joy” was for some reason invented/popularized in the last 100 years or so. You’re absolutely right about the point should be “what is the source of your happiness / joy / gladness?”.

        If you’re interested in a book-length treatment of the topic, “Happiness” by Randy Alcorn is quite good. If you don’t want to read 300+ pages of it, here’s a great summary quote from it: “It is needless, distracting, and misleading to make fine distinctions between joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, and delight. They all speak of a heart experiencing the goodness of God and his countless gifts.” (p. 263)

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