Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 134:536 (Oct 1977)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Devil: What the Scriptures Teach about Him. By John Wesley White. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1977. 192 pp. Paper, $4.95.

In this book White blends, in a very readable fashion, contemporary activities and trends with biblical teaching concerning the devil and demons. He quotes from the Bible extensively and from many other sources, mostly contemporary.

The untrained reader may get the impression that Pope Paul and other contemporaries along with the Apostle Paul are equally authoritative. The author quotes rather freely, apparently expecting his readers to know which writings are inspired and which are not. There are no outlines in the chapters. The work deals with all the major Scripture passages dealing with the subject and includes the major aspects of the doctrine as well.

R. P. Lightner

In High Places: A Study of Occultism in Government. By R. Alan Streett. Finksburg, MD: Streett Meetings, 1977. 114 pp. Paper, n.p.

This unusual book reports the influence of occultic practices on world governments and their leaders including Karl Marx, Mao Tse-Tung, Adolf Hitler, and others. Streett also reports on the involvement of several United States presidents in spiritualism and astrology, including Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt, and discusses the occultic influences on the assassins of John F. and Robert Kennedy. The perverse satanic practices of Charles Manson are the topic of two chapters.

The many details make interesting reading and give evidence of extensive research on the part of the author. However, the reader’s acceptance of some of the incidents would be enhanced if the author had documented his findings. The absence of footnotes and a bibliography makes it impossible to verify any of the unusual incidents reported as facts.

R. B. Zuck

Transcendental Hesitation: A Biblical Appraisal of TM and Eastern Mysticism. By Calvin Miller. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1977. 185 pp. Paper, $1.95.

Why is Transcendental Meditation seducing thousands of people in the West? Is TM a religion? A philosophy? A science? Are TM and Christianity compatible? What is the nature of the mantras? What about other altered states of consciousness such as biofeedback and Sylva mind control? What are the facts about TM’s Hindu origins?

Answers to these and many other questions about Transcendental Meditation are skillfully provided by Calvin Miller. For anyone wanting to know the truth about TM this book offers one of the best penetrating analyses available in print.

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