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What If It's True?: A Storyteller’s Journey with Jesus (utgåvan 2019)

av Charles Martin (Författare)

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With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Charles Martin helps us engage the fundamental principles of our faith in new and inspiring ways.  Years ago, Martin cracked open his Bible and began wrestling with a few fundamental questions. He asked, "What if every single word of Scripture is absolutely true and I can trust it? How do I respond? Something in me should change, but what? How?" This book is the result of that exploration. Writing as our guide, he uses a storyteller's imagination to illuminate key moments from the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. In addition, Martin shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple--and bondservant--of Christ and a mentor to others. The result is a striking exploration of truth that helps us not just think differently, but live differently. Today.            … (mer)
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Titel:What If It's True?: A Storyteller’s Journey with Jesus
Författare:Charles Martin (Författare)
Info:Thomas Nelson (2019), 320 pages
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I concur with other reviews that say chapter 8 is off the mark. I understand there are theology problems with the rest of the book too.
But chapter 8 is a problem. I understand that we live in the age of GRACE. Jesus has covered all my sin. He asks me to right MY relationship with him. He asked my ancestors to right their own relationship with him. Maybe the second edition can make a rewrite. What is God saying about the fourth generations? He will let us know when we see him. It could be a psychological essay.
As far as the other chapters, I understand that the author is taking liberties in creative writing. The creative writing was interesting and entertaining but not necessarily how things happened. He said that. I get it.
I listened to this book and do not have the advantage to see all the other lists that he mentions that are in the book. Since I listened, I was able to hear his son’s song at the end.
The song is what helped to make sense of the title of the book. ( )
  Deb26 | Dec 16, 2020 |
I wanted to love every moment of this book. I read Long Way Gone in one of my book clubs. I had never heard of the book or the author. Our leader didn't realize she had selected a Christian Fiction book. It is a library book club so we normally stay away from that genre. I loved how he weaved the story of God's love in that book. It wasn't so in-your-face that you had a to be a Bible-thumping Christian to enjoy it, but it was very much there, like a warm blanket on a cold day.

I purchased the Audible version of this book. I think that was mistake number one. It is read by the author, which is normally a very good thing. You hear the words emphasized as they meant them to be. But, if you have a "professional" narrator, the diction is much better. I found myself getting distracted by his informal manner of speaking, slurring words, that kind of thing.

Also, a lot of the book was him praying. I think I would have preferred that in a book form so I could read it when the time was right and the setting was right, not just when I got to that part of the audio. It would also then have been easier to go back to prayers that held a lot of meaning.

The big issue I had, however, was when he went on about how we need to repent for the sins of our ancestors. That problems we are dealing with today might very well be due to unrepented sins that our grandparents or great-grandparents committed. Again, I didn't have the written word to double-check any references he gave, but I had a big problem with this part. I think this will lead people to believe in things the Bible does not say. I'm not sure how solidly he could back this view up either. So, after that point, and it was a long part of the book, he sort of lost me.

Also, some parts of his "conversations" he had with Jesus just didn't feel right to me. I'm not sure I could put my finger on it, but it just felt way too casual for how Jesus would deal with someone. I wish I had the printed copy so that I could pinpoint what felt off.

So, while I didn't really love this book, I do plan to read many more of his novels. I think that is where is true gift is in sharing the love of God. ( )
  Lisa5127 | May 25, 2019 |
If I described What If It's True? by Charles Martin in one word, it would be... piercing. He doesn't sugar-coat things. He fully believes in the Bible as inerrant and divinely inspired. He calls out false prosperity movements. He tackles heavy topics such as rejection, resignation, sexual sin, generational curses, and forgiveness. He also devotes time to the love of God as being the basis of everything Christians believe and extending to anyone, no matter how far gone that person may seem.

In What If It's True?, Charles Martin stirs interest with a well-written narrative and then starts probing deeply into his topic. He uses a lot of Scripture and draws Old Testament and New Testament connections that I never noticed even though I've been a Christian for many years. While the focus is on spiritual matters, he shares some of his own struggles and situations. He does use plenty of imagination in his retellings of Biblical events. Some parts seemed more realistic than others. This didn't bother me, but others may balk at it.

I felt that the chapter on forgiveness missed the mark. As someone who has had to forgive some hard things, I know the beauty and necessity of forgiveness. Unfortunately, forgiveness was presented with a “forgive others or else God won't forgive you and you'll be separated from Him” mentality. Yes, I know there are verses that support that view. But as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I can say that is not what I needed to hear years ago when I was dealing with the muck and mire. What I needed to hear was.... God will guide and help you every step of the way. No, you haven't forgiven yet. Yes, you need to forgive. But God is with you and for you, even when you just aren't there yet. The author did give a few statements about abusive situations, but given how many abused, deeply broken people there are, I think it merits more than a few paragraphs about how forgiveness and justice can co-exist.

What If It's True? wasn't easy to read. I cried... a lot. I could only handle a chapter a day, at most. Sometime in the future, I'd like to go back and read it even more slowly. I loved the prayers he put at the end of almost every chapter. I cried as I prayed them. They helped me to explore and pray more thoroughly than I would have been able to on my own.

I recommend What If It's True? by Charles Martin to Christians seeking to deepen their relationship with God and find greater spiritual freedom. If you've read his fiction novel, Long Way Gone, you may remember he ends with an essay about how no one is too far gone. That particular essay is included in What If It's True?, but is actually one of the shorter chapters. So, if you aren't sure if you want to try What If It's True?, go back and read that ending essay in Long Way Gone to get a taste.

What If It's True? earned a five star rating from me.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." ( )
  BeautyintheBinding | Apr 24, 2019 |
Totally different from anything Martin has previously written. Some of it is good (chapter on forgiveness). It some is out of left field (praying for forgiveness for a ancestors sins). Overall it was a very difficult read. ( )
  lynngood2 | Apr 10, 2019 |
Through Charles Martin's storyteller's imagination he answers profound questions like What if every single word of the Bible is true, What if the King of the universe is speaking to ME, and IF I believe in GOD, how should I respond? This helps us with our fundamental principles of our faith and new inspiring ways.
  SABC | Mar 9, 2019 |
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With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Charles Martin helps us engage the fundamental principles of our faith in new and inspiring ways.  Years ago, Martin cracked open his Bible and began wrestling with a few fundamental questions. He asked, "What if every single word of Scripture is absolutely true and I can trust it? How do I respond? Something in me should change, but what? How?" This book is the result of that exploration. Writing as our guide, he uses a storyteller's imagination to illuminate key moments from the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. In addition, Martin shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple--and bondservant--of Christ and a mentor to others. The result is a striking exploration of truth that helps us not just think differently, but live differently. Today.            

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