website statistics Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Are Urban Legends & Sunday School Myths Ruining Your Faith? - PDF Books Online
Hot Best Seller

Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Are Urban Legends & Sunday School Myths Ruining Your Faith?

Availability: Ready to download

People don’t set out to build their faith upon myths and spiritual urban legends. But somehow such falsehoods keep showing up in the way that many Christians think about life and God. These goofy ideas and beliefs are assumed by millions to be rock-solid truth . . . until life proves they’re not. The sad result is often a spiritual disaster–confusion, feelings of betrayal, People don’t set out to build their faith upon myths and spiritual urban legends. But somehow such falsehoods keep showing up in the way that many Christians think about life and God. These goofy ideas and beliefs are assumed by millions to be rock-solid truth . . . until life proves they’re not. The sad result is often a spiritual disaster–confusion, feelings of betrayal, a distrust of Scripture, loss of faith, anger toward both the church and God. But it doesn’t have to be so. In this delightfully personal and practical book, respected Bible teacher Larry Osborne confronts ten widely held beliefs that are both dumb and dangerous. Beliefs like these: • Faith can fix anything • God brings good luck • Forgiving means forgetting • Everything happens for a reason • A godly home guarantees good kids …and more. Get ready to be shocked, relieved, and inspired in the pages of Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe. Because the truth is meant to set us free . . . not hurt us.


Compare

People don’t set out to build their faith upon myths and spiritual urban legends. But somehow such falsehoods keep showing up in the way that many Christians think about life and God. These goofy ideas and beliefs are assumed by millions to be rock-solid truth . . . until life proves they’re not. The sad result is often a spiritual disaster–confusion, feelings of betrayal, People don’t set out to build their faith upon myths and spiritual urban legends. But somehow such falsehoods keep showing up in the way that many Christians think about life and God. These goofy ideas and beliefs are assumed by millions to be rock-solid truth . . . until life proves they’re not. The sad result is often a spiritual disaster–confusion, feelings of betrayal, a distrust of Scripture, loss of faith, anger toward both the church and God. But it doesn’t have to be so. In this delightfully personal and practical book, respected Bible teacher Larry Osborne confronts ten widely held beliefs that are both dumb and dangerous. Beliefs like these: • Faith can fix anything • God brings good luck • Forgiving means forgetting • Everything happens for a reason • A godly home guarantees good kids …and more. Get ready to be shocked, relieved, and inspired in the pages of Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe. Because the truth is meant to set us free . . . not hurt us.

30 review for Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Are Urban Legends & Sunday School Myths Ruining Your Faith?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    I loved how this book was organized. The writing style is clear and concise with a dry humor that kept each chapter interesting. I appreciated how the author carefully explained each concept with Biblical precepts and spiritual laws that are direct from Scripture. I really enjoyed reading it, and now I want to read more from this author!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I skimmed this one to ID the ten dumb things. Yes- I've done many of them- we all have. Here's the ten cent tour: 1- Faith can fix anything 2- Forgiving means forgetting 3- A Godly home guarantees Godly kids 4- God has a blueprint for my life 5- Christians shouldn't judge 6- Everything happens for a reason 7- Let your conscience be your guide 8- God brings good luck 9- A valley means a wrong turn 0- Dead people go to a better place I skimmed this one to ID the ten dumb things. Yes- I've done many of them- we all have. Here's the ten cent tour: 1- Faith can fix anything 2- Forgiving means forgetting 3- A Godly home guarantees Godly kids 4- God has a blueprint for my life 5- Christians shouldn't judge 6- Everything happens for a reason 7- Let your conscience be your guide 8- God brings good luck 9- A valley means a wrong turn 0- Dead people go to a better place

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Elliott

    Not an earth-shattering work but certainly a lot of things that Christians believe. I'll keep it short and sweet by listing the ten things and just a few quotes per section. 1. Faith can fix anything The kind of faith the Bible advocates and God wants from us has far more to do with our actions than our feelings. In fact, biblical faith is so closely tied to actions of obedience that the Bible ridiculed the very idea of someone claiming to have faith without acting upon it. 2. Forgiving means forge Not an earth-shattering work but certainly a lot of things that Christians believe. I'll keep it short and sweet by listing the ten things and just a few quotes per section. 1. Faith can fix anything The kind of faith the Bible advocates and God wants from us has far more to do with our actions than our feelings. In fact, biblical faith is so closely tied to actions of obedience that the Bible ridiculed the very idea of someone claiming to have faith without acting upon it. 2. Forgiving means forgetting 3. A godly home guarantees godly kids 4. God has a blueprint for my life ...I'm amazed how often people ask me for prayer regarding whether it's God's will for them to marry someone they're dating--all the while blatantly ignoring his will for their sexuality. I'm never quite sure how to respond. They ask with such sincerity. It's as if it has never dawned on them that God might not bother to show them whom to marry when they're already ignoring his instructions about how to date. Their great error is the mistaken assumption that choosing the right mate will trump living the wrong life. 5. Christians shouldn't judge Unfortunately tolerance no longer means what it used to mean. It once meant granting others the freedom to be wrong. It didn't preclude critique and criticism; it simply sought to offer evaluation in a spirit of grace and humility. That's a long way from today's definition of tolerance as affirming that everyone is right, no matter what they believe or what they do. Jesus and the Bible not only don't forbid judging, they actually give us a set of principles and lenses through which to judge. (Mt. 7:6-16; 1 Cor. 5:9-13; Gal. 1:8-9; 2 Thess 3:14-15; 1 Jn. 2:3-5 6. Everything happens for a reason A more accurate rendering of Romans 8:28 in modern English reads like this: "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Notice the difference. It doesn't say that everything that happens is good. It simply says that God is at work in all things. I've been told that an affair was part of God's plan because the new union resulted in a happy marriage. I've been told that God must have orchestrated a bitter church split because it led to the birth of a dynamic ministry. I've been told that God was behind a murder and the subsequent conviction because the murderer met the Lord in prison. Such thinking is nonsense. God never approved of these people's sin. He didn't cause it. He didn't even "use it." He overcame it. That's what grace does. All of this raises a question. If some of the things that happen in our world aren't what God wants, why doesn't he step in and take charge? Why doesn't he shut down evil and be done with it? Why sit back and allow a defeated enemy to function as the god of this age? The answer is straightforward. God lingers because for every day he delays, more of his former enemies become his friends and family. 7. Let your conscience be your guide (The point here is that our consciences become dulled to willful sin and we eventually are unable to see it as such) 8. God brings good luck As for Jesus, he certainly never promised his followers a long run of good luck or earthly success. He promised forgiveness. He promised eternity. But winning lottery numbers, job promotions, good health and riches? Not exactly Unless you consider carrying a cross and being misunderstood, persecuted, hated, beaten, and killed a sign of good luck and success. And if that's the case, it might be a good idea to line up a counseling appointment as soon as possible. The thing we have to remember is that the benefits of righteousness aren't primarily found in earthly rewards. They're found in the next life. The great benefit is forgiveness. The great reward is heaven. Everything else is merely and hors d'oeuvre, a small appetizer before the great feast. The only way to accurately measure God's goodness is to look to the cross. The only way to accurately measure his provision is to look to heaven. Everything else provides a false reading. There's no real danger of spiritual disillusionment when things go better than expected. No one rails against God because they've been "blessed too much" in this life. The spiritual danger comes at those times when all the blessings seem to be eternal--and we expected them to start showing up today. It's then that we're prone to think God has let us down or to believe that we've been sold a bill of goods. Unrealistic expectations never make for solid footing. Be it a marriage, a purchase, a business partner, a vacation, or our walk with God, unfounded and unrealistic expectations are always a recipe for confusion and disillusionment. Sure, some people with unfounded and idealistic expectations find that things went just as they expected. But that doesn't make them wise. It just makes them lucky. p. 134 9. A valley means a wrong turn (Speaking of his first pastorate) the longer things went sideways, the more I began to wonder if I'd misunderstood. Actually, I hoped I'd misunderstood. The prospect of sticking around for a lifetime of frustrating ministry with minimal fruit in an environment where success seemed improbable didn't jibe with my idea of God's wonderful plan for my life. Osborne suggests different types of valleys: -God sent me here valleys -I messed up valleys Even if obeying God's clear leading is what puts us in a bind or keeps us in a bind, continuing to obey is till the only thing to do even if it seems to make things worse. Never judge the appropriateness of obedience by the short-term or even lifelong results. Judge it by eternity. Had my Dark Years turned into Dark Decades, staying put still would have been the right thing to do. There are always two ways out of every trial: the enemy's shortcut, which always involves compromise or disobedience, and the way of escape God promises to all who walk with him. 10. Dead people go to a better place Early church believers felt so passionate about the need to evangelize that they were willing to die trying. Today many of us see things differently. Evangelism is not only no longer worth dying for; it's hardly worth stressing a relationship over. The biggest roadblock to sharing our faith is no longer the loss of our lives, our jobs, or our families. It's the fear of embarrassment

  4. 4 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

    This is a wonderful, wise bookd that is grounded in scripture as well as love. Reading this book is like sitting at the kitchen table with an older, more experienced friend who is passionate about Christ and loves Christ’s people. The chapter unforgiveness is particularly helpful to me. My only regret is that I didn’t find this book years ago.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Morgan M

    Recommended by the most brilliant man in the world, Patrick!!!! I enjoyed reading this book. It makes you take a step back and actually think about the things we are so quick to say and believe because of the culture we live in. But may we always be quick to seek the truth and not just conform.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jane Burkett

    A highly readable, entertaining, thought-provoking, and theologically solid refutation of common but spiritually harmful beliefs. I'll definitely use ideas from this book in my conversations with others. There are good discussion questions in the back that would make for great small group study. Highly recommended! A highly readable, entertaining, thought-provoking, and theologically solid refutation of common but spiritually harmful beliefs. I'll definitely use ideas from this book in my conversations with others. There are good discussion questions in the back that would make for great small group study. Highly recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Engelhardt

    I find it sad that a book like this is even necessary, but a lot of the behaviors that the author uses as illustrations of the beliefs are right on the mark. Christians are not immune to accepting and believing what we would like to be true. Like the Bereans, we should look to see if what we are told is true, but too often we want to rely on what “feels good” or “makes sense.” We quickly forget that “His ways are higher than our ways” regardless of how much sense our way seems to make. Larry Osbo I find it sad that a book like this is even necessary, but a lot of the behaviors that the author uses as illustrations of the beliefs are right on the mark. Christians are not immune to accepting and believing what we would like to be true. Like the Bereans, we should look to see if what we are told is true, but too often we want to rely on what “feels good” or “makes sense.” We quickly forget that “His ways are higher than our ways” regardless of how much sense our way seems to make. Larry Osborne tackles what he calls “Spiritual Urban Legends.” It’s a good parallel because much of what’s behind the beliefs is simply passed on from person to person, generation to generation; and if you really think about what it is, it doesn’t make sense – like a phone call coming from inside the same house or a rat mistaken for a dog. Really? The Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe are: 1. Faith Can Fix Anything 2. Forgiving Means Forgetting 3. A Godly Home Guarantees Godly Kids 4. God Has a Blueprint for Your Life 5. Christians Shouldn’t Judge 6. Everything Happens for a Reason 7. Let Your Conscience be Your Guide 8. God Brings Good Luck 9. A Valley Means a Wrong Turn 10. Dead People Go to a Better Place It took me a little while to get into this book, perhaps that is because the first couple Spiritual Urban Legends he presents had been thoroughly dispelled in teaching that I’ve received before, so none of it was new, nor a surprise. The other “Dumb Things” have been addressed as well, but the author makes some pretty profound observations and statements as he argues his case. The “10 Dumb Things” could have been 7 or 8 and that may have improved the book because it did become somewhat repetitive when addressing beliefs that had similar roots. For instance, the beliefs ‘God Brings Good Luck’ and ‘A Valley Means a Wrong Turn’ come from very similar places and therefore have very similar rebuttals. There were a few times in my reading that I began to think that Larry Osborne himself was straying and had fallen for some other Spiritual Urban Legends not included in this book. However, in the full context of the chapter, I found the message to be sound. He did set himself up to be easily taken out of context with quotes that would sound complete but that are clarified in later pages. The reader should be cautious of drawing conclusions about what the author is saying from individual sections of chapters, and should wait to evaluate each chapter in its entirety. In short: Good book, easy read, recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christy Trever

    10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne is going to shake up more than a few readers faith! There are many beliefs that are consistent across denominations, but as Osborne points out, not all of these are Scriptural, and some are actually likely to damage believers' faith. He calls them spiritual urban legends like: God brings good luck, all things happen for a reason, and my personal favorite being raised in a godly home guarantees good children. Despite what other writers will 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne is going to shake up more than a few readers faith! There are many beliefs that are consistent across denominations, but as Osborne points out, not all of these are Scriptural, and some are actually likely to damage believers' faith. He calls them spiritual urban legends like: God brings good luck, all things happen for a reason, and my personal favorite being raised in a godly home guarantees good children. Despite what other writers will have you believe, it's not necessarily so. Osborne uses short anecdotes and lots of Scripture to point out how these beliefs arose and why they continue in popularity. The book is like a cold splash of water: it's at first a bit shocking and maybe even unpleasant but cleansing. For example, believing that raising your children in a godly home guarantees that they will be good people will cause one of two reactions if your children are struggling and not walking with the Lord. First, parents may blame themselves and feel unnecessary guilt and causing stress on their relationship as well as deep grief at having failed their child. Or parents could be unrealistically optimistic, believing that while the child may be conflicted now eventually he/she will come to faith because of the false promise in that belief. Either of these can devastate a relationship with the Lord. Osborne wants readers to have a solid faith in God based on the rock of Scripture instead of the unsteady sand of spiritual urban legends.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frode

    This one I read on my Kindle. It was a pain to check out the footnotes and references in the study guide at the end of the book. There was no way to click back and forth. With ten different dumb ideas to cover, I felt the book was uneven. A couple of the ideas were interesting and nicely done, but a couple didn't really appeal to me at all. The bulk of the ideas were of mild interest. Pastor Osborne's writing style is sort of flip at times. He is humorous, but some of it was just too much for me. This one I read on my Kindle. It was a pain to check out the footnotes and references in the study guide at the end of the book. There was no way to click back and forth. With ten different dumb ideas to cover, I felt the book was uneven. A couple of the ideas were interesting and nicely done, but a couple didn't really appeal to me at all. The bulk of the ideas were of mild interest. Pastor Osborne's writing style is sort of flip at times. He is humorous, but some of it was just too much for me. I am older, and dealing with sensitive topics should be serious. This is not to say that the author is not serious, but some of his comments to lighten the mood I thought were unnecessary, meaning they didn't help his argument. From what I read, I wonder if Pastor Osborne preaches and speaks like he writes. Probably, and it would appeal to many, but not to me. He made a very good comment at one point about the book of Proverbs. He stated that a proverb was an observation, not a promise. This was in the context of Proverbs 22:6, and his argument about how people misunderstand the verse weighs heavily on the promise/observation confusion. I thought that was one of his best chapters. It was an ok book to read, but I wouldn't want to spend time discussing it in a group situation.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

    Great book about unscriptural concepts many Christians have adopted. This was really a good read. I can see how useful this would be as a small group series for Christians, both old and new. Many Christians live by paradigms which have shaped their beliefs or behaviors, which have absolutely no basis in Scripture. This book tackles ten of these mindsets, and shows their fallacies. A pastor could use these chapters for a ten week series on Christian Urban Legends. Likewise, a small group leader co Great book about unscriptural concepts many Christians have adopted. This was really a good read. I can see how useful this would be as a small group series for Christians, both old and new. Many Christians live by paradigms which have shaped their beliefs or behaviors, which have absolutely no basis in Scripture. This book tackles ten of these mindsets, and shows their fallacies. A pastor could use these chapters for a ten week series on Christian Urban Legends. Likewise, a small group leader could use the book to help develop Christian growth and maturity in the lives of the group members.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Larry Osborne debunks ten spiritual urban legends, ideas that are generally believed but without a basis in the Bible. Even though I've been a Christian for a long time, this was a very beneficial book of reminders to always base our beliefs on truths found in scripture and not just on what people want to believe. These are the ten spiritual urban legends: 1. Faith can fix anything 2. Forgiving means forgetting 3. A godly home guarantees godly kids 4. God has a blueprint for my life 5. Christians sho Larry Osborne debunks ten spiritual urban legends, ideas that are generally believed but without a basis in the Bible. Even though I've been a Christian for a long time, this was a very beneficial book of reminders to always base our beliefs on truths found in scripture and not just on what people want to believe. These are the ten spiritual urban legends: 1. Faith can fix anything 2. Forgiving means forgetting 3. A godly home guarantees godly kids 4. God has a blueprint for my life 5. Christians shouldn't judge 6. Everything happens for a reason 7. Let your conscience be your guide 8. God brings good luck 9. A valley means a wrong turn 10. Dead people go to a better place

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura E. Mackey

    I have decided not to finish this book The author is wrong. I got through the middle of the third thing he thinks is dumb. I disagree with the second premise the most. He is really attributing human chartstics to God. I don't know who told him God forgets our sin once it is forgiven. I have always been told the sin is now white as snow because of Christ death on the cross. He is correct that God does not forget, but "smart" christians, or any will ever be able to understand the mind of God. This I have decided not to finish this book The author is wrong. I got through the middle of the third thing he thinks is dumb. I disagree with the second premise the most. He is really attributing human chartstics to God. I don't know who told him God forgets our sin once it is forgiven. I have always been told the sin is now white as snow because of Christ death on the cross. He is correct that God does not forget, but "smart" christians, or any will ever be able to understand the mind of God. This book may help some, but I found that it muddied the water more than making things clearer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Evan Steele

    This style of book lends itself to 3 star reviews. Out of the 10 chapters, two or three chapters were truly thought provoking/challenging. Larry has a lovely command of his language and presents each point clearly, but the nature of this book means some of the chapter are much too obvious. The standout was chapter 7 on the conscience. Probably my least favorite of Osborne's book, but far from a dud. This style of book lends itself to 3 star reviews. Out of the 10 chapters, two or three chapters were truly thought provoking/challenging. Larry has a lovely command of his language and presents each point clearly, but the nature of this book means some of the chapter are much too obvious. The standout was chapter 7 on the conscience. Probably my least favorite of Osborne's book, but far from a dud.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    This is the best nonfiction book I’ve read since “Bonhoeffer: ... Spy”. I honestly thought that I was picking up a comedy book, what with the title about “urban legends”. However, though it was written with wit and some humor, it also put paid to some false teachings that have troubled the church for (probably) the last 50 years or more, and he did it in the only way possible: by the Word of God. I’m sure there will be some people who will take exception to this work because it messes with long This is the best nonfiction book I’ve read since “Bonhoeffer: ... Spy”. I honestly thought that I was picking up a comedy book, what with the title about “urban legends”. However, though it was written with wit and some humor, it also put paid to some false teachings that have troubled the church for (probably) the last 50 years or more, and he did it in the only way possible: by the Word of God. I’m sure there will be some people who will take exception to this work because it messes with long held beliefs. Well, get over it. Look up everything yourself and you will see that Pastor Osborne is correct. I truly believe the reason that so many of us have believed these “Urban Legends and Sunday School Myths” to begin with is because we depend on others to read the Bible for us. Get this. Read it. You’ll be better for it. (P. S.: My husband and I are going to go back and do this book as a bible study. I zipped through it so fast the first time that I didn’t get to do the study questions.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This guy pulls no punches. Think you know everything about God? Well, Osborne points out our misunderstandings and provides some interesting Biblical backup for his ideas. I think I agreed with most of his 10 things -- that says a lot. Very informative!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela Wimberly

    This guy pulls no punches. Think you know everything about God? Well, Osborne points out our misunderstandings and provides some interesting Biblical backup for his ideas. I think I agreed with most of his 10 things -- that says a lot. Very informative!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jody Werth

    At first it was entertaining to see how adept he was at making his opinions appear as fact. The more I read, the less entertaining it became. At one point I even had to cover my eyes (it was not the audio book, either).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joey Peacher

    Easy to read and possible good class with discussion questions at the back.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Wow! I loved this book, it challenged me to think and rethink many things. Thank you for this great book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Leo

    An excellent book to challenge you not only in what you believe but why. We did it as a small group study and had excellent conversations

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Osborne brings up some good points in this book. Christians hold a lot of firm beliefs that have little or no Biblical basis. I disagreed with his perception of a lot of things, but I do agree with his main point: don't just believe the things that are handed to you by friends, family, and even church leaders. Do your own research and build your faith on the truths you find in your study. And because of that very good point, which I totally agree with, I can't just take at face value the rest of Osborne brings up some good points in this book. Christians hold a lot of firm beliefs that have little or no Biblical basis. I disagreed with his perception of a lot of things, but I do agree with his main point: don't just believe the things that are handed to you by friends, family, and even church leaders. Do your own research and build your faith on the truths you find in your study. And because of that very good point, which I totally agree with, I can't just take at face value the rest of the ideas in the book. Osborne accuses people of taking quotes out of context, but as I went back and looked at the arguments he made, I found that he did the very same thing. Or, we just both understand the text in very different ways. To him that makes me wrong. To me, I have to admit, I'm not God, so I really don't know. The only real problem I had as I read through the book is that Osborne does see Christianity in very black and white terms. The more I study and learn, the more gray I seem to find. But this book is a great place to start a study. I began with a Sunday school class, but completed the book alone as I joined a different morning group for the summer. It is a great book for jump-starting discussions, study, and reflection.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I REALLY liked this book and would recommend it to pretty much everyone I know, especially the "church" in general. It was really interesting the way he looked specifically at some common scripture, and the common misinterpretation we have (and how that plays into how we view God). It tackled a lot of big questions with basic common sense and a fresh view on what the Bible really says, and what it doesn't. On the other hand, it seemed like a few of his supporting arguments were a bit weak and un I REALLY liked this book and would recommend it to pretty much everyone I know, especially the "church" in general. It was really interesting the way he looked specifically at some common scripture, and the common misinterpretation we have (and how that plays into how we view God). It tackled a lot of big questions with basic common sense and a fresh view on what the Bible really says, and what it doesn't. On the other hand, it seemed like a few of his supporting arguments were a bit weak and unsubstiantiated in places, and it seemed to get a bit repetitive toward the end. But overall it was a great combination of a funny writing style and light read with plenty of deep thought provokers. I read this with a friend, and it would be good for a group discussion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    We used this as a basis for a Sunday School series - and it turned out to be a great study! The ideas that are presented here will make people think, for sure. I'm reading another book at the moment that talks about the 'traditions' that believers adopt as Gospel often carry more weight than the Bible itself! Take for instance the idea that 'forgiveness means forgetting' - how many people struggle in their faith because of this idea? Jesus came to set us free, not to introduce us to bondage! Thi We used this as a basis for a Sunday School series - and it turned out to be a great study! The ideas that are presented here will make people think, for sure. I'm reading another book at the moment that talks about the 'traditions' that believers adopt as Gospel often carry more weight than the Bible itself! Take for instance the idea that 'forgiveness means forgetting' - how many people struggle in their faith because of this idea? Jesus came to set us free, not to introduce us to bondage! This and the other urban legends will definitely make you think about what you believe. Presented with a good Bible study methodology, this can be an incredible book for the building of your faith!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anton Dubrovskiy

    If I were to choose 10 books I would recommend every person to read, "10 dumb things" would be one of them!!! I did not realize to what extent certain things (sadly) became an unquestionable "way by which things work" in our cultures (meaning, at least, Russian and American). I'm so glad that Larry Osborne brought those "unquestionable" things to the attention of all who read this book. And it's very easy to follow, it's written in a very clear form and easy language. I felt quite stupid many ti If I were to choose 10 books I would recommend every person to read, "10 dumb things" would be one of them!!! I did not realize to what extent certain things (sadly) became an unquestionable "way by which things work" in our cultures (meaning, at least, Russian and American). I'm so glad that Larry Osborne brought those "unquestionable" things to the attention of all who read this book. And it's very easy to follow, it's written in a very clear form and easy language. I felt quite stupid many times when he challenged my ex-view of "how things work". PLEASE, read this book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    I do not have a problem with the message of this book. I agree with each and every point the author makes - in fact the topics discussed should be presented to every new believer. However, this book is about seventy-five percent longer than it needed to be to say what it needed to say. The content would have been better served if it were cut down to the essentials and placed on the internet as a ten-part blog post.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Randy Elster

    This book will challenge your thinking about Christianity and help you think biblically about life. Each of the 10 chapters debunks a common Christian urban legend. It will strengthen your faith. I chose this book for our fall couples group and my men's group. It comes with discussion questions for each chapter that direct you toward Scripture. I wanted to read the entire book before the semester begins. Looking forward to studying it with my two groups! This book will challenge your thinking about Christianity and help you think biblically about life. Each of the 10 chapters debunks a common Christian urban legend. It will strengthen your faith. I chose this book for our fall couples group and my men's group. It comes with discussion questions for each chapter that direct you toward Scripture. I wanted to read the entire book before the semester begins. Looking forward to studying it with my two groups!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    I’m a ‘Larry Fan’. Here are the 10 spiritual urban legends: 1. Faith can fix anything. 2. Forgiving means forgetting. 3. A godly home guarantees godly kids. 4. God has a blueprint for my life. 5. Christians shouldn’t judge. 6. Everything happens for a reason. 7. Let your conscience be your guide. 8. God brings good luck. 9. A valley means a wrong turn. 10. Dead people go to a better place.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Some of the chapters here are riveting - Larry Osborne does a great job of dealing with myths about faith, prayer & spiritual life with humor, grace & Biblically solid theology. I'm still mulling over some of what he says as I can see where it's Scriptural but have a hard time getting past my "cultural training." UPDATE: Reading again... this is really, really good. Some of the chapters here are riveting - Larry Osborne does a great job of dealing with myths about faith, prayer & spiritual life with humor, grace & Biblically solid theology. I'm still mulling over some of what he says as I can see where it's Scriptural but have a hard time getting past my "cultural training." UPDATE: Reading again... this is really, really good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam Brown

    I read this book about a year after I was saved. If I'd read it sooner I might have been saved sooner. My mind had rejected too much stuff that, as it turns out, are not Christian doctrine anyway. Personally, I especially benefited from the chapter called "Dumb Idea 2: Forgiving Means Forgetting". I read this book about a year after I was saved. If I'd read it sooner I might have been saved sooner. My mind had rejected too much stuff that, as it turns out, are not Christian doctrine anyway. Personally, I especially benefited from the chapter called "Dumb Idea 2: Forgiving Means Forgetting".

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Another amazingly practical down-to-earth book from Osborne. It would be great to use in a small group setting (discussion questions included in the back of the book), or pick and choose chapters for people who are dealing with specific issues.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...