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Not everything believed as biblical truth is truly biblical. The authors debunk 12 commonly accepted beliefs that cause bondage rather than liberty. They explain how nuggets of truth become cornerstones for error when wrongly understood, and they help build solid scriptural foundations that produce emotional freedom. Now with discussion guide.


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Not everything believed as biblical truth is truly biblical. The authors debunk 12 commonly accepted beliefs that cause bondage rather than liberty. They explain how nuggets of truth become cornerstones for error when wrongly understood, and they help build solid scriptural foundations that produce emotional freedom. Now with discussion guide.

30 review for 12 'Christian' Beliefs That Can Drive You Crazy: Relief from False Assumptions

  1. 5 out of 5

    K.M. Weiland

    Excellent advice that busts through a lot of beliefs many of us, even non-Christians, take for granted.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John M

    This book would've been perfect, had I read it when it came out in 1995. All 12 of these non-Christian beliefs were commonplace growing up. As an adult, we now parody many of these word-for-word. "Just give it to God" or "I can solve this by praying and going to church more." This isn't to say that Christian culture as a whole doesn't still struggle with holdovers of these beliefs. However, they do not seem to have as widespread acceptance as they did over 20 years ago. I love Henry Cloud and be This book would've been perfect, had I read it when it came out in 1995. All 12 of these non-Christian beliefs were commonplace growing up. As an adult, we now parody many of these word-for-word. "Just give it to God" or "I can solve this by praying and going to church more." This isn't to say that Christian culture as a whole doesn't still struggle with holdovers of these beliefs. However, they do not seem to have as widespread acceptance as they did over 20 years ago. I love Henry Cloud and believe that a lot of Christianity can benefit from insights learned from counseling. That being said, in the books of his that I've read, he has a horrible habit of Biblical proof-texting. That is to say, he finds some truth that he learns in counseling and then in order to hand that truth to a Christian audience, he uses out of context scriptures to give himself the authority. While I think a lot of what he's saying is true, anyone can play this game. Hence why I'm not a fan of proof-texting. Finally, several of these beliefs are rehashed again, in a way I much preferred, in his book on Boundaries. Overall, I did like some material for this book, but I ended up quitting less than halfway through because of the issues mentioned above. Here are the 12 myths: 1: It's selfish to have my needs met 2: If I'm spiritual enough, I will have no pain or sinfulness 3: If I change my behavior, I will grow emotionally and spiritually 4: I just need to give it to the Lord 5: One Day I'll be finished with recovery 6: Leave the past behind 7: If I have God, I don't need people 8: 'Shoulds' are good 9: Guilt and Shame are good for me 10: If I make right choices, I will grow spiritually 11: Just doing the right thing is more important than why I do it 12: If I know the truth, I will grow

  3. 4 out of 5

    John

    If you are thirsting for freedom and life in the Christian faith, this book could shake away some rusty, heavy cobwebbed chains that hold you down. And you will be relieved to find that those chains didn't even bind you, they were just wrapped around you and weighing you down -- and God will be the first one to help remove them. Lies, false assumptions, and misuse of Scripture -- even by those so well-intentioned -- are the chains. Be free! If you are thirsting for freedom and life in the Christian faith, this book could shake away some rusty, heavy cobwebbed chains that hold you down. And you will be relieved to find that those chains didn't even bind you, they were just wrapped around you and weighing you down -- and God will be the first one to help remove them. Lies, false assumptions, and misuse of Scripture -- even by those so well-intentioned -- are the chains. Be free!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz Flom

    I think the points brought up in this book are important. The "truth" behind these beliefs are what set me free and dramatically changed my relationship with Christ a few years ago. When I first realized these, well intentioned but false, beliefs it was a huge eye opener to me. I listened to the audio version of this book so that may play a factor in my review. I rated it lower than I would have liked because it seemed a little dry and perhaps less effective at communicating the points. For the I think the points brought up in this book are important. The "truth" behind these beliefs are what set me free and dramatically changed my relationship with Christ a few years ago. When I first realized these, well intentioned but false, beliefs it was a huge eye opener to me. I listened to the audio version of this book so that may play a factor in my review. I rated it lower than I would have liked because it seemed a little dry and perhaps less effective at communicating the points. For the content and what it's at least trying to say, I would definitely give it 5 Stars - I think it's important for every Christian to hear and understand. I also appreciate that it's written by Christian psychologists who can approach from both the "practical" (I.e. Counseling) perspective as well as the "Christian" ( spiritual) perspective. The writers are not saying these particular beliefs are lies, but rather that they have to be seen in a big picture - understanding context of scripture as well as complexities of situations. Yes, prayer and relationship with God is important but some things need to be worked through, AND people are part of God's solution to the believer; not just prayer and bible reading. Knowledge without application is fruitless.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    So this book didn't tell me anything I didn't know, but for someone who's been in the church a while and has been brainwashed by stupid, well-meaning people who say idiotic things like "you must not be praying hard enough or God would have intervened for you," it's a very practical, truth-filled book. Cloud addresses lots of dumb things Christians say to each other and exposes them for the crap they are by backing up his reasons with scripture. It's really good. I'm sending it to my mom. So this book didn't tell me anything I didn't know, but for someone who's been in the church a while and has been brainwashed by stupid, well-meaning people who say idiotic things like "you must not be praying hard enough or God would have intervened for you," it's a very practical, truth-filled book. Cloud addresses lots of dumb things Christians say to each other and exposes them for the crap they are by backing up his reasons with scripture. It's really good. I'm sending it to my mom.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Levi

    Not a bad book, but I just didn't find it all that interesting as most of the issues dealt with I had seen dealt with better in other books (and the use of scripture in this book wasn't particularly well done). However if you're looking for a book that covers a lot of wrong things Christians believe at a high level, this is the book. Not a bad book, but I just didn't find it all that interesting as most of the issues dealt with I had seen dealt with better in other books (and the use of scripture in this book wasn't particularly well done). However if you're looking for a book that covers a lot of wrong things Christians believe at a high level, this is the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kithill

    One of the most life changing books for many of my patients. Breaks the grip that rigid, rules based Christianity can have on people and leads them to a faith with Relationship and Values as its core beliefs and attitude.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Every Christian should read this. I have had many well intentioned people reinforce these incorrect belief. I think this would make a great small g OUP discussion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    I feel like this is a rough draft version of the Boundaries book. It's interesting, Boundaries is much smoother and better written. I feel like this is a rough draft version of the Boundaries book. It's interesting, Boundaries is much smoother and better written.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Mullinix

    This is an excellent book that will free you from a number of spiritually debilitating falsehoods that hinder your growth. Get out of the strongholds of legalistic garbage. This is a well-thought-out, well-written book that is an easy read and very relatable. We all can identify with these common struggles. Now get free of them!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I greatly appreciated this book as I have either been taught or heard teachings my entire life based on the crazy making beliefs dispelled in this book. It is amazing that we can spend our lives living by and believing in such silly rules and regulations. 🎧

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Quite a helpful read. Looks at the gospel through beliefs that sound good, but are actually unbiblical. For many of them, I found myself at least partially embracing them in the past. This book does a nice job of articulately and dismantling them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    marlyn payero

    Crazy beliefs I love how the authors explained all the biases that many churches implant to their congregation to control people. It's a relief to know that life and the Christian life is a journey where continuous growing takes place . Crazy beliefs I love how the authors explained all the biases that many churches implant to their congregation to control people. It's a relief to know that life and the Christian life is a journey where continuous growing takes place .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Sparks

    Excellent book for anyone who wants to follow Christ while seeking to escape the abusive mindset so prevalent in many churches. I couldn't believe how many of these "Christian" beliefs had been taught from the pulpits in churches I've attended. It made so much of my life make sense. Excellent book for anyone who wants to follow Christ while seeking to escape the abusive mindset so prevalent in many churches. I couldn't believe how many of these "Christian" beliefs had been taught from the pulpits in churches I've attended. It made so much of my life make sense.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rick Davis

    Even though this book was published over 20 years ago, all 12 of these "Christian" beliefs exist in the church today in various forms. Even though this book was published over 20 years ago, all 12 of these "Christian" beliefs exist in the church today in various forms.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stinger

    This is a helpful book from Cloud and Townsend. I should have read with more focus, seeking to apply its lessons as I went through it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim King

    What you know about your Bible is not enough, what you do from your Bible is the important thing

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I could not have read this book at a better time. Lots of changes in my life that I learned to deal with much better instead of heeding the "Christian" teachings that were about to drive me crazy! Listen to the audio edition sample. Good stuff! I could not have read this book at a better time. Lots of changes in my life that I learned to deal with much better instead of heeding the "Christian" teachings that were about to drive me crazy! Listen to the audio edition sample. Good stuff!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Henry Cloud and John Townsend do an excellent job exposing some of the nonBiblical advice that well-meaning Christian pastors and teachers often give. They explore statements such as, "It is wrong to do good things for yourself," "Shoulds are good," and "Guilt and shame can be good." They examine these statements in light of God's Word and explain how wrongly applying them can negatively affect emotional health and healing. I often found myself reading the "crazymaker" and saying, "But, wait, tha Henry Cloud and John Townsend do an excellent job exposing some of the nonBiblical advice that well-meaning Christian pastors and teachers often give. They explore statements such as, "It is wrong to do good things for yourself," "Shoulds are good," and "Guilt and shame can be good." They examine these statements in light of God's Word and explain how wrongly applying them can negatively affect emotional health and healing. I often found myself reading the "crazymaker" and saying, "But, wait, that is Biblical." But, as I read on, I saw how the wrong application of some of those statements can be really devastating. I was challenged to examine things I've always heard and accepted in light of God's Word- always the best place to go to find the truth.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    This book is awesome - rebuttles every little ridiculous "Christian" belief and statements that are thrown at people from self-righteous Christians. This book is awesome - rebuttles every little ridiculous "Christian" belief and statements that are thrown at people from self-righteous Christians.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Longshore

    For someone with a 'churched' background, this book was invaluable in clarifying some of the typical misconceptions of scripture that are often passed on by well-meaning Christians, pastors or not. Oftentimes trying to reconcile certain Biblical 'teachings' with your real life experiences IS crazy-making. Should be in every Christian's personal library: if not for you, then to help you understand where others may be getting hung up. For someone with a 'churched' background, this book was invaluable in clarifying some of the typical misconceptions of scripture that are often passed on by well-meaning Christians, pastors or not. Oftentimes trying to reconcile certain Biblical 'teachings' with your real life experiences IS crazy-making. Should be in every Christian's personal library: if not for you, then to help you understand where others may be getting hung up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has been in the Christian church long enough to have been taught some false applications from the Bible. One example is "it is selfish to have my needs met." The authors explain why these assumptions were developed, but more importantly, what the Bible really has to say about each one. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been in the Christian church long enough to have been taught some false applications from the Bible. One example is "it is selfish to have my needs met." The authors explain why these assumptions were developed, but more importantly, what the Bible really has to say about each one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    Very easy and concise read that practically deals with several false assumptions that I have heard personally during my life as a Christian. Highly recommended to those who want to further their walk with God at a deep level and for those in recovery from compulsive and addictive behaviors.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Keri Murcray

    This was a great book full of lots of wise words and helpful information. I've struggled with many of these and it helped a lot to see a different perspective. I'm planning to read more by this author since I struggle with many of the things he writes about. This was a great book full of lots of wise words and helpful information. I've struggled with many of these and it helped a lot to see a different perspective. I'm planning to read more by this author since I struggle with many of the things he writes about.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The title speaks for itself. We believe false truth with good intention. This book freed me from rigid thinking that kept me stuck for many years. FREEDOM!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I liked how much teaching from this book included Grace! I tend to be hard on myself and this book reminded me that GOD is a GOOD God and one full of Grace and Mercy! :-D

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is a great book. It lifts the spirit from under those things that haunt us all.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

    A tough look at oudated teachings in the church.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Very helpful for working through my fundamentalist background!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    This book, while carrying a cheesy title, was a breath of fresh air. It showed me that there are many beliefs that people hold that sound right, but which actually prevent spiritual growth.

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