Saturday, October 10, 2009

Review: The Love Revolution by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is not satisfied with the status quo. She believes that we each need to become a revolutionary and practice love every day. And if Joyce has her way, the revolution will spread - person by person, house by house, town by town, until the old culture of selfishness and greed gives way to a new culture of concern for others.

The book is a revolutionaries' manual, a hands-on primer for bringing the Golden Rule to life in the twenty-first century. Meyer starts out by giving some stunning statistics. Right now...210,000 children will die this week because of poverty; 640 million children do not have adequate shelter; every day, 3,000 children are abducted into the sex-trafficking industry; every day, 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. She goes on to say that although crisis is global, the solution is local. We can't solve the world's problems, but that isn't a reason to remain idle.

LOVE REVOLUTION focuses on personal behavior on the local scale. It's not just a call to action; it is a call to being: being the person who goes out of your way to encourage someone who's out of hope; being the one who smiles at a stranger; being the one who is willing to do something for nothing. The paradox: when we do something for nothing, what we often get is something far greater.

Received from the publisher, Hachette, for review.

As you may know I simply do not do Christian books, but I decided to give this one a try. Even after sin and God appeared in the introduction I decided to persevere hoping that the book would improve. It didn't.

The author seemed mainly concerned with the poor abroad and generally refused to acknowledge that we have desperately poor people here in our own country without access to basic needs, let alone health care.

The author also appeared to feel that forcing her religion on the desperately poor was somehow going to help them. As a stipulation of her "selfless" acts, and those of volunteers, she gives poor people (again abroad) medical care, but also essentially requires them to convert to her religion. Each one is given an opportunity to receive Jesus, and most of them choose to do so. Well, duh! If you just saved someone's life by giving them antibiotics, of course they are going to pay your price of conversion!

The author was "concerned" by poverty and the lack of food (again, abroad only), as well as the poor's inability feed their large numbers of children and sad that there is rampant malnutrition, but she refuses to acknowledge the real problem of overpopulation. Nowhere in the entire book was there a single mention of curing the hunger problem by actually attacking the source and controlling population growth.

The author also seemed to be severely delusional! She speaks of the horror of a mother with AIDS passing the disease on to her child through breast feeding. What is more horrifying is that a woman with AIDS got pregnant and had a child to begin with - all because she had no access to, or inclination to use, birth control because of religion. So she deliberately brought a child into the world already encumbered with a death sentence. Are AIDS infected children who suffer their entire lives and die young really better than using birth control to prevent this type of horror? According to the author, it is. That is just sick.

Among the most disturbing of the author's comments was this gem: I watch people in America disturb those around them to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water... Hello! Is she seriously suggesting that you shouldn't go to the bathroom if it were to disturb someone else? Her conferences must be a bundle of joy.

The incessant railing about Satan, evil, "idle hands are the Devil's hands", and such were just bone chilling. Almost every sentence contained either God, Jesus, Satan, devil, or evil. Also, modern conveniences are the work of Satan. No, really. Well, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Satan for my refrigerator and washer and dryer. Oh, and psychics are evil also, but she repeatedly comments how "God" had spoken directly to her. Hmm.

Also, apparently being Christian is the only way you will do nice things for people. Apparently only God makes you do good things. So, all non-Christians never do anything nice for anyone else.

After an archaeological dig of epic proportions through the book's propaganda there were a couple of redeeming comments about how you should help people when you can with whatever you have and:

We often wish the world would change without stopping to realize the condition of the world is a result of the way we live our own individual lives and of the choices we make every day.

Words are containers for power, and they carry either creative or destructive power, as we choose. Choose your words carefully and speak them with caution.

This one gets two stars. It was teeth grindingly bad. The author is completely out of touch with the world and her band-aid approach to problems doesn't actually solve anything. The book is also clearly meant for WASPs who have never experienced a day of hunger or pain or poverty or anything real in their entire privileged lives. Her message that you need to suffer to help others is simply ridiculous. The book is a giant series of Bible quotes interspersed with tracts on evil and the Devil, and a smattering of how wonderful the author is. The amount of time she spends extolling her own virtues and good deeds is simply sickening.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


Ryan G said...

I was never a fan of the authors. I had friends who watched her TV show in high school but she always seemed to be not quite real to me.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yep, thank you, Satan, for my washing machine.

In Judaism, there's a belief that we each have the urge to be good and bad. And from that bad urge comes creativity and innovation.

Makes ya think. And in this context, it seems right to thank Satan for my clothes dryer.

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