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TITLE/AUTHOR: "I Was A Flaky Preacher" By Ted Brooks
PAGE COUNT: 148 Pages/Paperback
YEAR/PUBLISHER: 2000/Guardian Books
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Christian Bookstores and On-Line
Book Reviewer:
Mike Ramey

This was the work that started it all for Ted Brooks, pastor of The Victory Life Church in Westlock, Alberta, Canada. "I Was A Flaky Preacher" is currently in its second printing, and may be heading for its third, based upon the dynamic information contained within the covers.

This non-fiction work is part biographical, but all in tune with the scriptures. Brooks details his own reflections on the Charismatic movement as it came to his side of the US/Canadian border, as a new pastor. At first, he went along with the advice and experiences of several 'elders' in the movement. However, as he began to have doubts about some of what was being offered as 'biblical', Brooks did his own study of the scriptures to sort out fact from fallacy. The end result is not a 'scathing' expose, but merely how easy it is for any Christian--even those who are in church leadership positions--to be 'sucked in' to things for the sake of 'harmony and fellowship'.

"What we must understand is that God the Father, God the Son, and God the

Holy Spirit walk in absolute agreement. They were all revealed perfectly through

Jesus' earthly ministry." (Brooks, Page 89)

Brooks is not encouraging an all-out mutiny on the Charismatic scene; but he is urging that more Christians--and especially more Christian pastors--be more selective in the types of organizations they 'side' with, or follow, when it comes to denominational practices.

Chapter titles include: "I Was A Flake, And Didn't Know It."; "Balaam"; and "Cleansing The Spots And Wrinkles." The book is written in an easy-going style, with plenty of scripture references (NKJV translation), behind-the-scene questioning of various popular movements of our modern day, along with some observations as to the need for congregations to be supportive and prayerful for their pastors, in they not lead them down the 'wrong path'.

I first discovered Brooks' work on-line a few years ago. Since the release of this initial work, the website has improved and expanded--along with his public visibility. If you want to know the truth about what you believe, this work will bring it home to you and is worth the investment.

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