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What’s On Your Bookshelf?

bookshelf verticalI was visiting some friends in their home the other day. This lovely Christian couple asked me about the two books I’ve written. When I explained that the books are about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)–a movement led by men and women who claim to be apostles and prophets that must govern the church and bring new truths–my friends expressed shock at the NAR‘s extreme and unbiblical teachings. They encouraged me, saying my books were important for warning people about this dangerous movement.

Yet, as I walked through their home later, I spotted a stack of books. In the stack was the book Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets.

I was surprised.

Sheets–for my readers who don’t know–is one of the NAR‘s most influential U.S. leaders. I can’t say for sure, but my suspicion is that my friends own this book because they may have bought into some of Sheets’ teachings, not because they’re just researching his views. (Granted, I own a lot of NAR books, but you can guess why.) When I saw Sheets’ book I couldn’t help but think of the irony that my friends had been so alarmed about NAR teachings–without realizing that they themselves may have come under the influence of these same teachings through their choice of reading material.

It’s not just these particular friends. I’ve spotted NAR books on the shelves of other friends who agree with me that NAR teachings are dangerous. I’ve realized that these Christians don’t know the books are written by NAR leaders.

Are there any NAR books on your shelf? Here’s a list of some other books, written by NAR leaders, that are found on the shelves of unsuspecting Christians. Did I miss any?

Popular NAR Books

The Final Quest by Rick Joyner

Hosting the Presence: Unveiling Heaven’s Agenda by Bill Johnson

Growing in the Prophetic: A Practical, Biblical Guide to Dreams, Visions, and Spiritual Gifts by Mike Bickle

The Power of Persistent Prayer: Praying with Greater Purpose and Passion by Cindy Jacobs

School of the Prophets: Advanced Training for Prophetic Ministry by Kris Vallotton

The Seer: The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens by James W. Goll

Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere

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16 Responses to “What’s On Your Bookshelf?”

  1. Mo Smith Says:

    I am with you about these authors. I was in this movement for several years and have read alomost all their books: Bill Johnson, Kris Vallaton, James Goll, Cindy Jacobs, and many more from what is known as the “Elijah List”. My bookshelf was stocked full of these books and I was an avid reader. What is so deceptive about it is that their is much truth that they teach and then occasionally you’ll hear a false statement made. Actually, that is what I use to see but now I see it even for more of it’s deceptions. This movement is huge and can’t be ignored. The deceptions of this movement have to be addressed continually because I believe “they” will lead the church in an ecumenical movement that will eventually be headed by the false prophet, thus becoming the “whore” who sits on the beast.

    Don’t forget Jesus first warning about the end days, “Be careful nobody deceives you”. Mt. 24


  2. kadri-liisa Says:

    Concerning the books i know that in my language there is many books translated like Cindy Jacobs, Mike Bickle,James Goll,Rick Joyner, Terry Law.

    I personally have read that James Goll’s Seer and it was an interesting book for me as working with dreams and being a prophetic person. Also Rick Joyner’s Final quest and all others his visionary books. I read also Cindy Jacobs’ supernatural life and Terry Law books. He talked about territorial spirits etc one of his book and i do not deny that there might have such spirits affecting badly.

  3. Kathryn Says:

    I must agree heartily with all of what Mo Smith said.   “I have been there and done that.” 

    When trying to come up with an answer to the question “did I miss any?” (NAR leaders), I find myself struggling or grappling with numerous names.  Are they in the NAR?  They have shared platforms with recognized NAR leaders.  Are they in the ICA?  Hard to say since that list is not available to non-members.  I don’t want to slot a ministry or label one as NAR that isn’t.  As my husband and I continue to dialogue about what we once believed as part of NAR teachings, we realize many ministries started well but for any one of a number of reasons, changed their course and ended up in the NAR.  Very hard to draw a hard and fast line for those who may be tangential to the NAR and not clearly in the midst of their leadership.

  4. mo smith Says:

    In one of Cindy Jacob’s books she mentions how the “great commission” is about not just making disciples of individuals but of “nations” as a whole. This is a deception and leads one to become a dominionist, which is also a part of the NAR movement. Sadly, this plays into the handbook of the future Anti-Christ and false Prophet, who want to take the world for their religion.

  5. Jewel Grewe Says:

    Yes, your comments are so familiar.  So many of the teachings  of the NAR have been popularized over the past 20-25 years that they just meld into the mainstream.  Popular speakers will join forces with NAR speakers for the cause of “unity” which does cause confusion.  God bless you for your stand.  I have enjoyed reading your two books.  Well done!!!!

  6. John Says:

    I’ve got a few books by NAR authors. I bought a Bill Johnson book before I realised what he was about and on first reading found it very powerful. It was only later I realised how he slipped a bad point into his reasoning and then built on it.

    Now if I can find such books cheaply I read them so I can address what they are teaching with references rather than generic comments of “I read that they teach…”

  7. mo smith Says:

    To John: I have read and remember specific things about these NAR authors. I have trashed my entire book shelf of these people’s writings. If you want to find them cheap check out http://www.half.com You can find cheap books there if you don’t mind used ones.

  8. John Says:

    Thanks Mo, I’ll check that out. Don’t care if books are used, just don’t want to feed the beast that produces the books by buying them new. The key driver for me is being able to see first hand what people are teaching. Trying to refute a teacher is hard unless it’s clear you just what they are actually teaching.

    The best thing about having Bill Johnson’s book is being able to refer to his specific teachings, word for word, with page numbers so anyone can see the teaching in context. Context is crucial, it’s no good criticising people for quoting the Bible and butchering the context if we take their words out of contexf ourselves.

  9. M.K. Says:

    Jewel, Discernment Ministries site and the writing of you and your late husband was SO helpful when dh and I left our former church in 1998. I hung onto sanity due to your site and Tricia Tillin’s original Crossword. Sandy Simpson has been a Godsend too.

    I finally had someone saying reasonable things that lined up with the reality we had been thru. Dh and I had a bookshelf of these books, and we purged our lives, our hearts and minds and our books as we let go of things we had been around for 18 years. It was a difficult process.

    Understanding what the Bible REALLY teaches, put me back onto my feet.

    so thankyou to all those like Jewel and Holly who put so many long hours into discernment ministries, enduring the anger of those they offend. I am not the only one eternally grateful to you Jewel, and you Holly and all the others who helped me get back up and on my feet again.

    For anyone purging books, my sympathies. It feels like a death or a divorce. It’s devastating to wake up and realize how deep the lies and bad theology went.

    Take time, breathe deep and keep reading alternate points of view even if you don’t agree with them. I don’t agree with everything from my favourite authors even now, I read critically, checking back with other authors for alternate points of view.

  10. Jewel Grewe Says:

    It is so heart-warming to read that people have been helped by the work that has been done.  It certainly hasn’t been a popularity contest!  We are so thankful for God’s work of Mercy in drawing us to the reality that all matters is that we lift up the Name of Jesus and keep our focus on Him.

  11. M.K. Says:

    Jewel you and Travers are forever blessed in my heart! That book, it was chapter by chapter on line, and long before MacArthur named his Strange Fire, I think that was the title of the one you both wrote and it was the first ray of light for me in that horrible dark time. Bless you. If I remember correctly I followed links from your site to other safe sites like Crossword and Sandy Simpson’s site.

    As I said I’m forever grateful for the work you did and the endurance you showed.

  12. mo smith Says:

    Hi M.K.

    I too have trashed my NAR bookshelf and read and listen to “discernment” ministries. I am glad you mentioned that even those “discernment” ministries you don’t always agree with but listen anyway. I too do that. In fact, some discernment ministries aren’t even discerning; they only criticize for the purpose of being critical. What I have found is that the most critical discernment ministries are actually “calvinist” is nature. And I mean extremely calvinist.

    But to get more directly to the point I’d like to say that what all of us believers need to do is mentioned in Acts 17:11. The discernment ministries usually mention this but don’t want you really using it against what they say but we have to remember to use it with what EVERYONE says; including ourself. The two main points of that scripture verse are 1. Open mind and 2. Checking the scriptures daily to make sure what we’ve heard is scriptural (whole counsel of God- not “cherry” picked verses).

    Blessings to you M.K.
    From a former NAR follower

  13. Nancy Mathis Says:

    Thank you for your work which is very pertinent today with so many churches leaning toward this belief

  14. HdG Says:

    Holly, the books and your website are really great. Thanks. 
    When books are recommended to me now, I search the 
    author’s name and add a key word like, apostle or prophet And sometimes
    a well know NAR person’s name; Wagner.  
    It’s interesting how many folks are involved in NAR who write their
    “entry level” books like, “Move Over Pastor”, by Glen Newman.

  15. Holly Says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words, HdG!

  16. Darla Says:

    Holly, have you compiled a list of influential NAR artists/musicians or know of a source? We are aware of Jesus Culture and Hillsong and some individual artists.  The lyrics often communicate error filled concepts more effectively than sermons or books.

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