Selvaggio, Anthony. 7 Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2011. 127 Pages. Paper. $11.99. www.prpbooks.com (LHP)
Two conflicting worldviews, Christian and non-Christian, are in constant friction. Unfortunately, Christians are often unaware when they adopt non-Christian ideas. This book examines seven non-Christian ideas that cripple the Christian mind. (Publisher's website)
- Ideas to Idolatry: Ideas Have Consequences
- Technopoly: The iPod Nation
- Neophilia: "History Is Bunk"
- Egalitarianism: "We're All in Charge"
- Individualism: "Every Man Is an Island"
- Materialism: All That Matters Is Matter
- Consumerism: "Shop Till You Drop"
- Relativism: "What Is Truth?"
I appreciate Selvaggio's approach to begin with the individual. Individuals can then positively impact families, congregations, communities, and nations. And it is never a bad idea for individual Christians to repent. Then we can see clearly to take the log out of the eye of another.
Yes, given the positive aspects of technopoly, 7 Toxic Ideas is available on Kindle.
Given the temptations of neophilia, materialism, and consumerism, I still recommend that our readers read and prayerfully consider the consequences of these seven toxic ideas.
The book, however, is non-toxic. :) (Smile)
In the year of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, New Leaf Press brought the following book to our attention.
Near midnight, the heralded and huge White Star liner Titanic, her invincibility never before in question, is a tiny speck on a vast ocean. Four days out on a much-anticipated maiden voyage, the luxury vessel has been fatally grazed by an iceberg.
Labeled unsinkable by an adoring public, Titanic will plunge beneath the cold waters of the North Atlantic in under three hours.
In Titanic Warning, author Casey Sabella blends a vivid re-telling of the disaster with commentary on the state of the modern-day Church and the lack of commitment to discipling the masses. How did three ships in the vicinity, called upon to rescue the 2500 stranded souls, reflect real personalities in the modern age? Are we prideful like the Titanic? Are we indifferent to the cries of humanity, like the Californian, or do we launch a rescue like the Carpathia? Does the burden to help urge us to escape from it all, like the Samson?
The questions are personal, the answers, crucial. Will we heed the warning to put salvation before gleaming monuments? May God help us board the right ship!
STUDY AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AT THE END OF EACH CHAPTER.
What does such baptizing with water indicate?
It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written?
St. Paul writes in Romans, chapter six: "We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4