Age of Crowns – Kori de Leon   Leave a comment

 

This NetGalley christian book has a subtitle of ‘pursuing lives marked by the Kingdom of God’. I chose it expecting it to contain an exposition of the doctrine of the second coming or the fulfilment of Kingdom doctrine. I was very disappointed.

It is intended to be an inspirational or motivational book intending to urge us on in our present walk with God whilst holding a picture of the ‘age to come’ in our minds.

The book is divided into 3 sections and the first section I really did not enjoy at all. Every chapter seemed to be challenging the reader to salvation, yet this was not a book many non christians would select.

In addition the author rambled, often straying far from her initial point with irrelevant personal memories. It reads much like a cross between an inspirational sermon and a journal.
I felt much of the first 4 chapters needed reordering and reediting. For instance, at one place the author tells us our life will be an adventure, yet within a few paragraphs she says, ‘there is no epic adventure to take’, which reads as a contradiction.

The 4 principles with which she opens the book are not scriptural, but randomly connected to fairytale literature, which does not help the entire feeling of shallow unreality which pervades the entire book.

When considering wounded christians she is brusque, suggesting the lonely just pray over a picture of a bride and groom (not even explaining the symbolism intended). An insecure child’s issues are dismissed with a short statement that Christ can no doubt heal them!

There was a lot of unexplained church jargon, ( to pray back through a situation, dominion language, the slumber of sin) none of which are explained. However half a chapter is given to explaining what meditation is; yet despite this she gave little guidance how to meditate, there were no actual examples.

Some of her theology is very imaginative, there is no scriptural evidence Abraham’s family worshipped the moon, nor that we shall each rule individual cities when Christ returns. Just 2 examples from the first 2 chapters. When explaining the small portion of scripture ‘awake O sleeper’ she herself seems confused. Initially she tells us it refers to us living in a false reality, then quotes C S Lewis more recognised opinion that it refers to moving from one kingdom to the next at salvation.

In chapter 3 she explained idolatry as referred to in the Old Testament and applied it to her daughter’s dolls, but then in one sentence glossed over the modern applications purely as a list. There was no explanation how this was idolatry and how to approach the issue. It appeared throughout as if she was prepared to explain simple theology yet avoided the more difficult aspects expecting us to already know, whilst still preaching the gospel repeatedly throughout the book.

She seemed to have no interest in pain and suffering, just exhorted us to deal with it, indeed in one section she told us that failure to move forward during hardship can ‘be an indicator that a person is an unbeliever’ Luke 8v13, a singularly condemning interpretation of the scripture. That could have devastating consequences with an unwitting struggling reader. We are exhorted to build up not tear down!

The last two sections of the book were much improved, but her application of the doctrine of the bride as a personal destiny for each woman reading the book is questionable. The bride is a concept which applies to the church as a body worldwide, not to individuals.As teachers of the flock we are accountable before Christ for every word we teach and adjusting scripture to suit our purposes is not acceptable, however nice it may sound.

I presume after reading the book, that it is aimed at christians who have been saved for a while, but the repeated salvation calls and the fantasy imagery suggest other audiences. Her claims that christianity is no ‘humdrum existence’ and repeated calls to adventure suggest to me someone with no obvious life
-threatening or overwhelming problems in their life, which is great for her. But, this book could have been such a great tool for someone who living in overwhelming current circumstances, instead, had the author shown more love and compassion in her words.

I was not inspired by the teaching, I was continually stopping to question what I was reading and work out where it was incorrect. By the end I felt I was marking a students work.

It is not often that I so thoroughly criticise a book, and I repeat, the last 2/3 are not too bad. However with christianity, truth is integral, and although we differ often in small doctrines, the argument should be scrupulously supported in scripture and overflow the love of Christ.

I could not recommend this book ultimately because I will not take the responsibility for the consequences of someone being affected negatively by the fanciful teaching which may not all be incorrect, but are skewed in such a way that someone could assume something which is not the truth.

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Posted March 21, 2018 by dianne7 in book review

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