Embraced by the Light
by Betty J. Eadie
book, written by Betty J. Eadie is the story of a woman who supposedly
died and had a near-death experience. She conveys the sights,
sounds and emotions she claims to have experienced while in the spirit
world. She centers the story of her experiences on her alleged
visit to Heaven.
The very first thing that struck me when
reading this book, is that it conveyed only a message of love and
acceptance of all people after death. Miss Eadie claims to have
met, and gotten information from, Christ Himself, yet the information
she gives throughout the book seems to vary greatly from what the Bible
teaches. For one thing, she claims to have been told that all
religions are valid--even the religions whose teachings are contrary to
the teachings of Christ. She claims that each religion is
designed to get you one step closer to God and that once you are ready,
it is time to move up to another religion. It seems to me that if
religions that teach the opposite of many of the things Christ taught
are valid, then all
religions, including Christianity, would have to be invalid
If, as Eadie proposes, all of the contradictions in the various
religions have to be considered acceptable, then there is absolutely no
way to discern truth..
Eadie teaches that we are all
basically good and only need perfecting, which we do by helping others.
The Bible teaches that we are all sinful creatures who need
salvation through Jesus Christ
, and that we are to glorify God above
all else. Christ taught us that there is no salvation or
perfection through such works as helping others. Eadie
further claims that we are all born as fully functioning spirit beings
in Heaven, and are sent to sinful Earth to be honed, improved and
perfected. What? God couldn't 'prefect' us in Heaven? He
had to create an Earth full of sin to do the job for Him? Yet, that is
exactly what Eadie proposes.
Here is a list of many other discrepancies I found in the things taught in Eadie's book:
does she talk about the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ.
In fact, she stands around talking to Christ face to face instead
of feeling dirty, sinful, unworthy and falling to her face as others
did in the Bible when looking at the risen Christ.
- She teaches that angels rejoice at our
successes in life, whereas the Bible teaches that angels rejoice at our
repentance and salvation.
- She teaches that the 'sins of the
flesh' mentioned in the Bible are referring to not keeping our physical
bodies healthy here on Earth. The Bible teaches that the sins of
the flesh are giving into physical, lustful temptation.
in her experience did Eadie spend time sincerely worshiping Jesus
Christ. I would think that would be one of the first things a
Christian would do upon arriving in Heaven, yet Eadie just never seemed
to get around to it.
- Throughout her book, Eadie teaches that we
should love others, love ourselves, love our lives, love our
'missions,' but never mentions anything about the need to be
forgiven of our sins through Jesus Christ.
the book, Eadie mentions some 'laws' that she learned that we are not
to break; however, not one of the 'laws' she mentioned involved any of
God's Law known as the Ten Commandments.
This very effectively takes attention completely away from what
God has already told us are His Laws. That just doesn't seem to me to
be something that Christ would do.
- And finally, one of my
personal favorites--Eadie's book teaches that in the Garden of Eden,
Eve was not tempted/tricked into disobeying God, Eve was just fed up
with Adam's contentment and complacency regarding being in The Garden, thus
Eve decided that in order to further womankind, mankind, and to have
babies, she had to cause Adam and herself to be thrown out of The
Garden. This sure seems to me to be a blatant attempt to downplay
The book expresses many of the teachings of Psychic Phenomenon, New Age, Universalism, and Scientology to name just a few.
These include such things as:
- We are each surrounded by an
'aura of light' which protects, guides and directs us. A teaching
that comes directly from the teaching of psychics, not from the Bible.
comes from our own thoughts and energy, not from without. This
example of New Age counters the Bible's teaching that healing comes
- Eadie fails to make any mention of Hell or judgment.
She teaches that everyone eventually goes to Heaven, which is a
teaching of Universalism.
- Eadie further states that some spirits
fail to ascend to Heaven and therefore walk the Earth alongside the
living--a teaching of Spiritism.
My conclusion: If I were
, the things expressed in Eadie's book are exactly what I would
want people to believe. The things Eadie teaches pretty much
negate the concepts of God's judgment, man's sinful nature and forgiveness through the death of Jesus Christ
on a cross. The things Eadie's book teaches would allow someone
to believe they were saved and going to Heaven when in fact they were
not. That would divert them from seeking and finding the Truth of
what the Bible teaches--exactly the way Satan would want it. I
don't know for sure whom or what Betty Eadie saw, or if it was all
just an hallucination, but I do know for sure that she didn't learn
from Jesus Christ the things she wrote about in her book.
Submitted by Keith Rawlinson
Every Man's Battleby Fred Stoeker, Stephen Arterburn, Mike Yorkey
book, written just for men, is a very open, honest, frank and raw discussion of how Satan, the
culture, the media and our own minds use lust, sex and sexuality to
trick us men and bring us down in our emotional, family and spiritual
lives. I started reading it with the thought "I really don't need
this stuff." Part way into the book, I started thinking "Hey, I
could use some of this stuff." Toward the end of the book, I was
thinking "Wow, I really need this!" I have read much material
about the sexual ills of society, but never have I seen so much
practical advice and so many useful techniques men can use in dealing
with it on a personal level. As I followed the advice given, I
began to feel better about myself, and felt a much closer relationship
with my wife, with God and with Jesus Christ
even before I
finished the book. The book is so male-oriented and honest that
even the author warns the male reader to be careful sharing too much of
it with his wife--trust me, this book pulls no punches! I never
realized how many small, subtle ways Satan tricks men and steals away
pieces of their purity and relationships with their wives.
Some of these pieces are so small that we men either don't
notice them or we think they are no big deal; but, these pieces add up
and Satan uses them to bring down us men, our families and our
marriages. This book is titled "Every Man's Battle," because
every man is literally in the battle whether they realize it or not.
If you are a man, married or not, you absolutely MUST read this
book. It will definitely open your eyes and may very well end up
changing your life forever as it has mine.Submitted by Keith Rawlinson
Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men
by Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples, Mark Clark
This book takes a good, hard look at the phenomenon of UFOs
(Unidentified Flying Objects) and extraterrestrial life from a
Christian perspective. Even though the book is, unashamedly, written
from a Christian perspective, the authors do their best to consider the
evidence regarding the existence of UFOs as objectively as possible.
Though most of the evidence they present paints UFO phenomenon in a
bad light, much of their information offers some support of popular UFO
beliefs. In fact, the authors do believe that there exist actual UFO
sightings. The authors, though, are more interested in the origins of
UFOs than in disproving the existence of UFOs. They very effectively
look at UFOs from a cultural, social, historical, theological and
spiritual perspective. The book is written much like a textbook, but
the subject matter makes it a very interesting read. I found that the
first few chapters of the book were a bit slow, but the book picks up
speed as it goes, and moves along quite rapidly by the time the last
chapter is reached. Throughout the book, the perspectives of the
authors are backed up with both scientific and biblical references. I
am a born-again Christian and a science nut. Even though I approached
the book quite self-assured in my perspective concerning UFOs, I came
away with a very different point of view by the time I was finished
reading this book. I feel that anyone who is a Christian and has the
slightest interest in science in general, or in UFOs specifically,
should definitely spend the time to read the information-packed and
thought-provoking 175 pages of Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men.
Submitted by Keith Rawlinson
One Minute After You Die
by Erwin Lutzer
This book, written by Erwin W. Lutzer, is a very frank discussion
about what happens right after you die. The book discusses such
Can near-death experiences give us helpful information about what happens after death?
What does the Bible say about Sheol, hades, Hell and purgatory?
What will Heaven be like?
What will our bodies and our minds be like in Heaven?
Should modern man still believe in Hell?
How can we prepare ourselves for one minute after we die?
I found some of the author's conclusions to be open to interpretation,
he pretty much stayed in line with biblical teachings, and gave the
biblical references for the information being conveyed. The
book is not a story, but an objective presentation of what we can
expect one minute after we are dead, and beyond. Although the
book is presented purely as factual information, it is by no means dry
or boring; besides which, being only 144 pages, the book is a fairly
fast read. I found that the beginning of the book started out a
bit slowly, but once it really got going, I didn't want to stop reading
and had trouble setting the book down. If you are not prepared
for your eternity, without getting 'preachy,' this book might bring you
to the point of starting to deal with the reality of death and
eternity. If you are already a born-again follower of Jesus
, this book will give you comfort, confirmation of your faith,
and maybe even make you a little bit homesick for Heaven. I know
of two people who, very successfully, used this book to save and/or
give comfort to relatives on their death beds. The book is such a
quick read, and the information so interesting, it would be a shame not
to spend the little time it would take to read Erwin Lutzer's 'One
Minute After You Die.'.
Submitted by Keith Rawlinson
The Total Money Makeover
by Dave Ramsey
book is written by Dave Ramsey
who is a Christian financial counselor,
author, and host of a nationally syndicated radio show dealing with the
subject of personal finance. Using a lot of stories and examples,
in an entertaining way, the book teaches you how to get control of your
finances, become debt-free and prepare for your financial future.
The advice in this book is very practical, simple and basic.
Just about anyone can understand and follow the steps given
in this book to make a very significant financial difference
themselves, their family and their future. If you are struggling
with excessive debt, paying the bills, or if you just want to become wealthy,
then I strongly recommend you read this book.
Submitted by Keith Rawlinson