Book Review: Meditations on Christ

Meditations on Christ by Benjamin W. Decker
Meditations on Christ: A 5-Minute Guided Journal for Christians
by Benjamin W. Decker 

2 out of 5 stars

This book has written prayers, meditations, and journal prompts for Christians with a Scripture verse at the beginning of each section.

Although the title is “Meditations on Christ”, every section is all about the fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians. Christ is certainly mentioned in each prayer and meditation, but the title is misleading, since the meditations do not focus primarily on the person of Christ. A better title would be “Meditations on the Fruits of the Spirit.”

This book does have a few weird ideas though, such as making an altar with some candles and “an image of Christ”. That sounds like idolatry.

There are many references to the “children of God” and how “we are all family in the Kingdom of God.” Except we aren’t.

Those who believe in Christ are adopted into the family of God, and everyone else is not in the family and is unfortunately not going to heaven when they die. This book says “In God’s kingdom, all people are members of His royal family…” It SHOULD say, ‘…all people who are believers in Christ are members of His royal family….” I don’t know if the author really believes that everyone is going to heaven, or that everyone is a child of God, or if the writing is just not clear enough. Usually the term “child of God” refers exclusively to believers, not to “all people”. All people are created by God, but we are not all His children.

There are also many prompts to “Envision Jesus Christ in your heart, in your mind, and in every part of your body, as if He is attuning the atomic structure of your being to become identical to His.” That is a very weird way of expressing the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I can’t necessarily say that it’s doctrinally incorrect, because I’m not quite sure what they mean by it. It just sounds utterly strange, as if they are trying to infuse Christianity with some sort of mysticism.

Another mystic one says “Visualize yourself in an invisible force field of angelic protection.” I’m not sure if that is just imagery and imagination, or if the author really thinks God uses magical force fields to protect us.

Some weird ideas in this book that could very easily be used to lead people astray into some mystical voodoo version of Christianity that is NOT at all what the Bible actually teaches.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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