Monday, August 11, 2008
The Key To Yourself by Venice J Bloodworth PhD
The Key to Yourself: Opening the Door to a Joyful Life from Within by Venice J Bloodworth, PhD is another of the TBC books that focuses on how we can create our reality. Building on what was taught in the previous two books, Bloodworth takes the teaching a step further. Her frequent quotes from the Bible are, I suppose, meant to lend her teachings a legitimacy they otherwise do not merit. That these authors who are twisting the Biblical texts to their own purposes choose to not provide the reader with the chapter and verse only reinforces to me that they know they are misapplying these quotations. A text taken out of context can be said to say anything. Unfortunately, even most Christian readers probably don’t know their Bible well enough to recognize that quoting the Bible doesn’t not make what the writer is saying valid. Because the writers clearly are relying on the ignorance of their readers, I find myself defensively reading, feeling insulted by the writer’s assumption that I don’t recognize the truth behind the lies they are trying to present as truth. I literally had to force myself to read and finish this book. Had I not committed to reading all twelve books in the TCB collection, I would not have bothered. Had I been reading this book at someone’s recommendation, I might have suffered through it depending on how much I respected and appreciated the other person’s presence in my life. And again I have to say that it is a good thing I did not read this book when I received it or I would have surely canceled my membership in the book club. Especially after finding three out of four books rather disappointing (if not downright maddening) and the cds are at best redundant if not all but worthless. In this volume of the collection I also noticed some careless editing. Magnificent became inagnificent (I think because the person though the m looked like in?) and Universal actually became Universa!. On page 84 I found “but not until my emotional center was brought into play did I made any progress.” I have increasingly little patience for poorly edited texts and these mistakes are so far beyond careless as to reinforce the overall insult to the reader. There is one incident in which the author quotes from The Gospel According to John and uses it as an epitaph to the twentieth chapter of the book. Here it is: Whatsoever we ask we receive of Him, because we keep his commandments. John: 3-22 That is not a typo. Or if it is, it is in the book that way. So I went ahead and used my concordance to find the context for this text. However, I could not find this text anywhere in the entire book of John. I did find the following: But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.—John 11:22And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.—John 14:13Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.—John 15:16And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.—John 16:23 Now at least you, dear reader of my blog, can look up the verse for yourselves and decide if, when read in context, it means what this author is presumptively stating it does, which is more than I can say the reader of her book could do. Rather, you could look up the verse she quoted from the book of John if it existed. But it doesn’t. Hard to listen to the teachings of a person who manipulates her information to manipulate her readers. As for the cd, the New Age music is quite effective for putting me to sleep. Debbie Ford’s voice, with her slight lisp, is quite soothing adding to the rather lethargic effect that this cd has. I can’t say what I think of the guided meditation because I keep falling asleep before it finishes. Now if the cd were one to help with insomnia, I would have to say it is brilliant. Under the circumstances all I can say is that it is very relaxing but since falling asleep during meditation is not the purpose of meditation, I can’t say it is a success.