How about this question for a measuring rod? Does this writer (teacher) send me back to the Bible with a deeper insight into a passage of Scripture and more faith in God? Or does he/she motivate me to want to read the next book he has written, or another writer’s book on the same subject? Am I going from book to book, or from book to God?
I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no vital truth written in any book that is not stated better and in fewer words in the Bible. We may not recognize it until we hear or see it in another story or illustration, but it is there–in pure and distilled form, like the essential nutrients in the food we eat, the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids,etc.
Am I trusting God or man? Processed food and “processed” books are appetizing, and I’m as easily hooked as anyone. But I have gained so much this time through Job, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah and now in the middle of Jeremiah. The Living Word.