Some books are good, some books are bad and some books are just frankly dangerous. Derek Prince’s “The Promise of Provision” falls into the dangerous category. I liked Prince’s careful explanation that abundance is not wealth but is having enough for your needs with some to spare but after that, it all goes South in a hand basket.
The basic premise of the book is that if you obey God then you will be blessed with abundance and if you disobey you will be cursed. This would make perfect sense if you were raised by a father who poked your eye out if you misbehaved. However, if you believe in a loving Father God then this book is worse than nonsense…it’s defamation of character! This book could have easily been written by any of the Pharisees of Jesus’ time because there is no hint of grace or mercy anywhere in it.
Certainly we are promised trouble in life by Jesus himself (John 16:33). That being so, then the comprehensive list of “curses” on page 35 would leave nothing to be considered “trouble.” Prince’s list of curse categories include humiliation, mental and physical sickness, family breakdown, poverty, defeat, oppression, failure, and God’s disfavor. While I certainly believe that our own bad behavior carries consequences, I disagree that the consequences are automatically “a curse.”
What really turned my stomach was his reference on page 33 to Deuteronomy 28:28. Prince states that “Blindness is a curse.” Can you imagine being a parent of a newly born, congenitally blind baby and reading this? What would your unborn child be capable of that could be invoke a curse? Really, this book is more likely to drive people away from God than make them desire to know more about Him.
Usually, I give my review copy books to friends and family to read and eventually donate them but this book is going straight into the recycling bin. At least it will be recycled into new paper which, in my estimation, would have more value blank than this book has printed!
This book was provided to me by the publisher for this review.
“The Promise of Provision” = God Minus Grace