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Spiritual laws book review

  1. 1. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY: A SIMPLE GUIDE TO ABUNDANCE BY EDWENE GAINES A BOOK REVIEW presented by Prof. Myrtle M. Freeman Cedar Valley College
  2. 2. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY Law #1: Tithing and giving Give 10% of all that you receive to the person, place or institution where you get your spiritual food  This concept is consistent with biblical scriptures  Ex: Malachi 3:10, Deuteronomy 14:28, etc.
  3. 3. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY Law #2: Setting clear-cut goals Set personal goals that are both clearly-defined and tangible (e.g. practical and achievable) Think about who you are as a person, and make a deliberate intention (or personal commitment) to achieve your goals
  4. 4. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY Law #3: Forgiveness and worthiness Forgive everyone all the time, especially yourself Forgiveness empowers you to feel worthy enough to live a prosperous life
  5. 5. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY Law #4: Seek, discover, and follow your divine purpose Assign importance and meaning to your life Leads to personal strength, endurance and joy in your everyday life
  6. 6. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY What is prosperity? Not simply . . . a state of material well-being or “having lots of money” (or being rich) Prosperity consists of . . . Physical health and vitality necessary/essential to provide the material comforts of life
  7. 7. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY Prosperity also consists of . . . Healthy relationships that are honest, satisfying and nurturing Work (or vocation) that is second nature and one that brings joy intrinsically (or in and of itself)  In other words, prosperity is a multi-dimensional state of existence (physically, emotionally and materially)
  8. 8. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY: BOOK’S VALUE Offers practical advice on how to live a “prosperous” (or meaningful) life Presents a step-by-step guide to prosperity Defines prosperity in a non-tradition way Personal and inspiring Based on true stories (of the author and those of her family, friends and acquaintances)
  9. 9. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY Appeals to Faith-believers Discusses the concepts of tithing, forgiveness and prosperity that may appeal to people of both Christian and non-Christian faiths
  10. 10. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY: BOOK’S SHORTCOMING The “Catch-22” Problem Invites readers of all faiths to apply the four spiritual laws of prosperity to their lives, but does not require them to believe in them This contradicts the Scriptures that see faith in God as necessary for abundance and salvation  Ex: Galatians 3:26, James 2:20, Hebrews 11:1, etc. (King James Version)
  11. 11. THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PROSPERITY The Scriptural Problem Uses biblical principles to define the four spiritual laws, but omits any mention of particular verses or passages from the Bible In brief, the four spiritual laws prosperity lack the divine wisdom and relevance of the Word of God

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