Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen
Prose, put forth as “christian” literature these books will encourage women to connect with their inner self and discover the strength and beauty to live fully. Men are encouraged to accept the wild, sometimes dangerous, not destructive person within. Blue Like Jazz are a compilation of short non-religious essays about an inward journey toward the Christian life while Joel Osteen’ self-help guide offers a seven-step program, based on spiritual principles, leading a more meaningful and rewarding life on a daily basis.
There are "christian" books to teach how to govern your thoughts, discipline your will and achieve balance in your spiritual life. There are books teaching the keys to your most abundant and prosperous life and books teaching christian prosperity and self help principles.
The “me” generation has become more focused, but not on God. No longer God focused, the focus has turned to man, to self. Self esteem, self preservation, self satisfying, self gratifying. Self.!. Man focuses on self, magnifying the gift and the recipient's possession and enjoyment of the gift all too often forgetting the Giver of the gift. The One who holds our very breath in His hands almost always forgotten as the church runs to and fro; learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.
A former professor at Fuller Theological Seminary offers this for our consideration:
“If our sin is viewed as causing the death of Jesus on the cross, then we ourselves become victims of a 'psychological battering' produced by the cross. When I am led to feel that the pain and torment of Jesus death is due to my sin, I inflict upon myself spiritual and psychological torment.”
When worthiness is attained through even a little bit of self-effort, it gives credit to man not to God. In the grace centered theology of the New Testament, there can be no room for this exaltation of man for the Bible from beginning to end is about the exaltation of God.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
'The church is not for "seekers" or for "Me centered" people. It is for disciples and "He centered" people. The church can and should reach out to a dying world and that means engaging the culture with the truth that Jesus is the only Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6). It also means becoming more like Him daily, walking in faith and in His strength.
Paul sums this up well when he says: