Does Jesus Have
something I thought was interesting: "Jesus" seems to have multiple
I've been working as a writer/editor since 1976,
most of the time supervising a writing staff in an industrial setting. However,
as a result of this experience I've developed the ability to, at times, distinguish
writer's voices. Writers have unique styles, they make unique word choices, use
different phraseology, and put their emphasis in different areas. The result is
that each writer has a recognizable "voice." For example, in the Bible,
Luke's writing is very easy to distinguish from John's.
my subjective opinion. I'm not a trained expert in this area. I'm just someone
with a lot of experience, and what I hear in Jesus Always are
at least two writers/editors and maybe as many as four. Is this a problem? Not
necessarily. It is actually a normal way many books are written. In the 1990's
my agent got additional work for me as a writer of individual chapters of a book
that was on a tight deadline. I found I didn't like working without knowing the
complete context of the book, but I learned that having multiple writers -- either
ghost writing, or heavily editing -- is not uncommon.
do I say this about Jesus Always? Try reading the October 4th through
6th devotions. Then read the June 11th through June 13th devotions. They sound
very different. The Jesus who is speaking in those June devotions seems to be
a different Jesus than the one speaking in the October devotions.
this normally be a problem? No, it's not a problem. Without regard to the
number of people involved in writing and editing a book, the author whose name
is on the cover is responsible for the content. So Sarah Young is responsible
for all of the content of Jesus Always, without regard to whether she is
the actual author.
But, in Jesus Always it appears this is a problem.
is just my opinion, but sometimes the Jesus of Jesus Always
seems to be familiar with scripture and at other times he doesn't know what scripture
is saying. Its as though "Jesus" has multiple personalities, and
he certainly is not the omniscient God of the Bible. Whatever is happening, this
is not a "Jesus" you want teaching you about growing closer to God,
how to live your life, or what scripture truly says.
RUN! from the Jesus