Acts of the Apostles ★★★☆☆

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Title: Acts of the Apostles
Series: ———-
Author: Ellen White
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 570
Words: 155K

 

Synopsis:

A commentary going over the book of Acts and the various Epistles by Peter, Paul and John.

 

My Thoughts:

Well, this is the final book of White’s that I’ll be reading. Not because of any real disagreement on Theology or anything important, but because I simply cannot stand her style of writing. It isn’t even near the level of having your foot cut off, but more of having that pebble in your shoe for the whole day. At some point I realized the irritation was outweighing the good I was getting. There isn’t a hard line of demarcation in the text between her thoughts and the Bible, as she incorporates Bibles verses into her text willy nilly. That doesn’t make studying very easy for me.

I’m including a quote that I felt was the best paragraph out of the whole book:

It is no part of Christ’s mission to compel men to receive Him. It is Satan, and men actuated by his spirit, who seek to compel the conscience. Under a pretense of zeal for righteousness, men who are confederated with evil angels sometimes bring suffering upon their fellow men in order to convert them to their ideas of religion; but Christ is ever showing mercy, ever seeking to win by the revealing of His love. He can admit no rival in the soul, nor accept of partial service; but He desires only voluntary service, the willing surrender of the heart under the constraint of love.

I do want to make clear, so that it can’t be taken out of context, that not being compelled is very different from not being judged. God gives us Choice and He also has told us the outcomes of that choice. When you face God Himself at the Day of Judgment, your eternal fate will hinge on whether you’ve accepted Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God as your savior or not.

On a note that isn’t directly related to a review, I started reading my non-fiction differently. I was inspired by Matt who has what he calls his “weekend exclusive” reads. Since non-fiction is a different beast, I wanted to try a different approach. Instead of reading this straight through, I simply read this on Sabbath. So starting each Friday night until Saturday night, I would read non-fiction. My goal was to read 25% of the book each Sabbath. That had the effect of breaking up the book into managable chunks and made me more aware of keeping Sabbath. It also has the positive side effect of getting me to read more non-fiction (12-13 a year instead of 6 or 7).

★★★☆☆

 

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4 thoughts on “Acts of the Apostles ★★★☆☆

  1. The pebble in your shoe analogy is definitely very illustrious of the irritation you felt throughout this one. Unless the author’s books are claimed to have unanimously-identified thought-provoking content, I too don’t think it’s worth suffering through.

    I think you once told me that religion became a part of your life a bit later in your life. Was there a huge event in your life that made you such a firm believer? Or maybe I’m wrong and you were born with this unmovable faith towards God? 😛

    I also like that reading schedule for non-fiction. I had started a new structure too by picking up “shorter” books for “on-the-move” reading instead of lugging around my 100000-page fantasy books and really loved how fast I got through more books but got disappointed since the beginning of the whole quarantine-era mid-March that sort of ruined my plan hahahah

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thankfully, there are enough other theological books out there that I won’t suffer any lack 🙂

      I grew up with this faith. But when I turned 16 was when it became my own thing and not just something I did because my parents did it. I went to Bibleschool when I graduated highschool and graduated after 3 years. had some extremely high and low points during those 3 years. After that, well, Life has a way of making one either mature their faith or abandon it. God hasn’t let me go off on my own either. I never turned my back on Him and He never let me go. While specific beliefs have changed my faith in the Bible as a whole and as the Inerrant word of God hasn’t. I’ve also learned not to be such a hardnose “justice junkie” as I’ve been shown so much mercy over the years.

      So far the new reading schedule for non-fiction is working out pretty good. It really helps me with a specific time frame, especially when I’m stuck in a bit that is boring my head off.

      How are you being affected by Corona-chan? Or will you be blogging about that at the end of the month?

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