I’m not even sure how to begin this post. But from the response we’ve received to our caution on One Thousand Gifts, Lowell and I both feel we should maybe state our reasons behind it.
As I read my way through One Thousand Gifts, I also was researching the authors that were quoted throughout the book. By the time I got to the end, my heart was heavy with what I had found concerning these authors and also the things Lowell and I both believed were doctrinal errors within the book itself.
But I also knew that my own opinions of the quoted authors would not be acceptable, so I decided to find quotes either from the authors themselves or from others who have spent much time researching them. I was hoping this would be a simple way to let their own words describe them, rather than me. This was done with the hope you would be able to make your own informed decision.
However, it looks like that backfired on us since some readers believed that we misquoted or misrepresented them. In researching them, we didn’t have the time to read all the books these authors had written, so Lowell and I both took the quotes at face value. This is the way I would expect people to take the words I write, so I was simply doing the same. And for those of you who didn’t know this, Lowell has researched and written almost as much as me on this review.
I used the heading “What He/she Believes” to make it simpler for you. This may not have been the best since not all quotes started out with “I believe”. So I have since changed the headings appropriate for each quote. And a “thank you” to those of you who pointed this out.
The description underneath the author’s name was meant to inform you what this person was, and most of that I got straight from the online encyclopedia. I also provided links so that if you had questions, you could do some research on your own.
So while you will find a few minor changes on the original post, you will find our concern is still the same.
In fact, it is even more real.
After getting some negative feedback as well as much positive, I have been researching yet more to see if I truly did misrepresent these people. But if anything, our hearts have been made heavier.
So while we were hoping our motives of caution and concern behind the review would shine through, we will also be the first to say that we are human. Our intent from the beginning was not to cause division, but to point out seeming Biblical conflicts and be a word of caution to our fellow travelers along the Way. Our methods or wording may not have been the way you would have written it, so we’ll simply ask you to believe that we are still learning.
~ Lowell and Kendra