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Thomas Nelson Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit

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Review 1 for Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit
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Date:March 8, 2008
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Dr. Jennifer Morrow
This book is a continual read for me. I have read many segments over and over just because they are so good. Soul Cravings really allowed me to understand the depth of God's desire for me to be in an intimate relationship with him. Not to just call on him when I need a prayer answered or a burden lifted -but to really let him into my thought processes. I don't think that the purpose of the book is to "hook" and unbeliever - but it is for the believer to understand that his/her soul craves to be near God and that God longs to have us crave him.I have used this book as a devotional for my staff and have gotten and great discussions have manifested.GREAT READ!
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Review 2 for Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit
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Date:July 5, 2007
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Rev. Todd Inman
I have read a lot of books by Christians authors, but I have never read one with as much desire and passion to bring our hearts and minds to the deepest need for craving the ways and heart of God as much as Soul Cravings does. I have purchased this book for friends and family members. It is just one of those books that you highly recommend to those you love and care about to read.
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Review 3 for Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit
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Date:May 11, 2007
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Pastor-Teacher Gary E. Gilley
Soul Cravings is sort of an apologetic aimed at the postmodern generation. Rather than persuade his audience with biblical proofs, scientific evidence or logical arguments, McManus has chosen a philosophical approach. His reasoning is that our souls crave three things: intimacy, destiny and meaning. The fact that all human beings have these cravings is evidence for the existence of God.Rather than take the reader back to Scripture (which describes and points the true way to God) or to Jesus, who most fully explains Him (John 1:14, 18), McManus would have us look inside ourselves to find God. And while Romans 1 and 2 would agree that God has planted evidence of Himself within our souls, the Scriptures are equally clear that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). One of the problems with pointing people back to themselves to find God lies in the wickedness of our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) and the inadequacy of our souls to comprehend God unaided by the Spirit using the Word. This is the fatal flaw in McManus system. At no point does he explain to his reader the gospel message. It is as if such information will get in the way. Rather, we follow our cravings and our cravings lead us to God. The Scriptures do not agree.In the end he succeeds in identifying the true longing of our heart (cravings) but fails to point us in the right direction. He does focus us on God, but it is the God found within our souls. He talks about Christ and the cross but reduces their meaning to nothing more than unconditional love. He does not explain mans great problem as being sin, and his solution found only in Christ. And he does not talk to us about repentance or faith. He has opened the door in Soul Cravings to explore the true God but he has not taken his reader beyond the threshold.
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