LTRP Note: The Women of Faith Amazing Freedom conference begins in a few weeks. Last July we reported on the organization because its online bookstore was carrying (and still is) numerous titles by New Age sympathizers and contemplative/emergent authors. It is our concern that the women who attend Women of Faith conferences will be exposed to mystical spirituality, and because they trust Women of Faith, they will be caught unaware and put in harm’s way. See our July 2006 report below the following news article.
Outside source news article:
Lara Becker Liu
The Women of Faith, a national organization of Christian women, plans to hold a women’s conference at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial on June 1 and 2.
The conference, in Rochester for a second time, is expected to draw 10,000 attendees. A total of 28 cities will host the gathering this year. The theme is “Amazing Freedom.”
More than a women’s getaway, the conference aims to tackle serious subjects, ranging from political unrest and war to the average woman’s need for emotional freedom. Organizers promise “a place where there is freedom to laugh, to cry and to relate as women.” Click here to read the rest of this news story.
Our July 2006 report:
Women of Faith is a Christian franchise that has held conferences for over 3 million women since its inception in 1996. In 2000, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson bought the Women of Faith franchise and has a strong influence in the organization. Nearly all of the regular Women of Faith speakers are Thomas Nelson authors, and Thomas Nelson books are sold at the Women of Faith conferences, thus women attending the conferences will get a hearty dose of Thomas Nelson.
In light of books published by Thomas Nelson that have contemplative/New Age theologies, women attending these conferences should use discernment and wisdom. Below is a list of some Thomas Nelson books and authors that have New Age and/or contemplative content. Incidentally, nearly all of these books below are sold through the Women of Faith online bookstore, including Yoga for Christians and The Secret Message of Jesus:
Yoga for Christians by Susan Bordenkircher
The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado
Speaking My Mind by Tony Campolo
Celebration of Discipline (Spanish) by Richard Foster
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge
Turn My Mourning into Dancing by Henri Nouwen
How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life by Mark Victor Hansen
Seeing What is Sacred by Ken Gire
So You Want to Be Like Christ (Workbook) by Chuck Swindoll
Other authors that Thomas Nelson publishes include Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz), John Maxwell (Leadership Guru), Steven Covey (New Age Mormon), and New Age sympathizers Laurie Beth Jones and Ken Blanchard.
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Note: Our previous posting of last evening, “Everything Must Change says Brian McLaren” states that McLaren’s upcoming book, Everything Must Change, is published by Thomas Nelson. This book is not currently being offered by Women of Faith.
For further research: