'Testing the Spirits' Provides Vigorous Defense of the Faith
11 February, 2014
by Sabin Geyman
As a former journalist and national security analyst, and as a Chinese language scholar and Christian author, I would like to introduce my book of Christian apologetics--one that comes from the heart of one who grew up fishing in Mt. Shasta, California, and spent many years living amongst the Chinese in Taiwan. 'Testing the Spirits: Exposing Dark Sayings & Embracing the Light of Jesus' is mostly a defense of the Christian faith, but it also touches on the importance of maintaining a healthy national security, standing with Jewish Israel, and seeking personal salvation by the cleansing blood of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.
'Testing the Spirits' contains ample citations from original source materials, and while I hold to a Christian worldview, I have given ample space to the words of those evolutionists and New Agers who have, wittingly or unwittingly, diminished America's Judeo-Christian foundation. The tone of the book is sober; in addition to the strong exhortation to unfurl the Christian cords that once ran through our society, the book also offers some humor and hope.
Needless to say, I was recently surprised to see that a certain McGuire ran a review of my book that was less than flattering, more a function of off-the-cuff emotionalism than rigorous analysis. While I am fully in favor of open discourse, as it is the necessary soil of intellectual growth and spiritual ferment, I am also opposed to irresponsible mud-slingers that pose as book reviewers.
On January 17, 2014, a certain McGuire panned my book in what could only be called a poor excuse for a book review, and some time after that the "review" made it to other sites. Whatever her insights might be in the realm of cartoons, I believe that her treatment of my book, 'Testing the Spirits,' was ill-advised and poorly thought out.
The McGuire “review” gives little sense of the breadth of the apologetics portion of the book, and that is unfortunate because the research is broad and the treatment original. I would venture to guess that a carefully constructed work such as 'Testing the Spirits: Exposing Dark Sayings & Embracing the Light of Jesus' will, in the end, be able to sustain the ire of epithet specialists. Moreover, I would point out that many loving souls have enjoyed reading 'Testing the Spirits' and have taken some good things away from it.
Readers will find in 'Testing the Spirits' love, humor, soberness, and encouragement. That said, it is necessary to read critically in order to discover such things as tone, premise, and purport in a longer book. As a former national security analyst, I have taken a loving interest in the well-being of my people, the American people–such a burden is a function of studying national security and evinces an understanding of the “watchman on the wall” concept from Ezekiel 3. Unfortunately, certain sassy bloggers routinely demonstrate little comprehension of how a people can draw from the best part of their heritage (our Judeo-Christian heritage) and how we as individuals can nudge the Christian content of our souls into the public square. Facilely contrived "bloggery," which is the purview of inarticulate and unprofessional book reviewers, should not be construed as the substance of serious societal commentary or spiritual thought.
Reviewers who throw words like “sledgehammer,” “diatribe,” and “off-putting" into the world would do well to take a good look at themselves and make sure they are not being hypocrites of the most abject sort. One thing is for sure: slap-dash scribblers are not qualified to reduce serious works of scholarship to naught.
Sometimes wordsmiths amble aimlessly about, but sometimes there comes a work that is useful for a people, a country, and a heritage. 'Testing the Spirits' contains a wonderful perusal of the American scene in light of our Judeo-Christian history; exciting research into the inner workings of God's creatures and the blatherings of Sigmund Freud and Henry David Thoreau; and a strong call to cultivate the kind of Biblically-sound discernment that can make an individual blessed and a nation strong.
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