Christine Caine’s Unshakeable is a 365-day devotional that is meant to equip the reader to find “unwavering strength in God’s Word.” Does this devotional accomplish such a thing? This book review attempts to answer that question.
SOMETHING TO NOTE
As I was reading this book, it was not until the “August 3” entry that I realized this book was perhaps for women only. One of her sentences in that devotional is, “As you begin a day of being a wife, mother, cook, chauffeur, personal shopper, or ‘whatever it takes’ person, make an effort to take a break and consciously wait on God” (bolded words done by me). She says something suggesting a women audience in her “September 9” entry as well. It should be known that I purchased this book at the 2018 Thrive Conference. There was no sign or the like stating that only women could purchase this book. In fact, this book was sold in the same area as books by other authors such as Andy Stanley, Bob Goff and Louie Giglio. The cashier did not stop me from purchasing the book. Had there been more clarity on the audience of this book, I may not have reviewed it. However, due to the lack of the clarity, the fact I was already over halfway through the book at the time of my discovery and the Biblical admonition to test all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1), I have reviewed this book.
ON TO THE REVIEW
The book’s structure is rather simple; each page represents a day in the year. There is also a single page dedicated to the beginning of every month. Each of these types of pages at its introductory heading also has a verse (sometimes more than a verse) often dishonestly (in a few cases inaccurately) cited and/or ripped out of context (especially as it pertains to the devotions; the “month” introductions were fine sans one instance). The book begins with a one page introduction. It has a Bible verse ripped out of context at both its header and footer. At its header, it has part of Hebrews 12:27 from the NLT. At its footer is Hebrews 12:28 from the NIV. It is worth noting that she switches translations at times throughout the book (something false teacher Rick Warren does, although he does it way more frequently). She mainly sticks to the NIV, though. Here is how she cites the aforementioned verses:
All of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.Hebrews 12:27 (NLT)
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
I show those verse citations as they appear in the book because those citations are dishonestly cited (more on that concept later). Here are both verses in their respective translations in full. For Hebrews 12:28, I add verse 29 since verse 28 does not end in a period. For Hebrews 12:27, I bold the words that were omitted from Caine’s citation.
This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.Hebrews 12:27 (NLT; the whole verse)
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”Hebrews 12:28-29 (NIV)
As you can see, Caine omits the first three words without providing an ellipse to show she had performed such an omission. If this was a one-off, I might not have mentioned it unless I was making some kind of grammatical point. Unfortunately, this type of practice runs amuck in this book (and I’ll discuss that concept in more detail later in this review).
It’s important to see how Caine gets her “Unshakeable” title. Her introduction provides arguably the clearest launching pad for this concept.
Everything in our world that can be shaken will be shaken. From a global scale to our personal lives. And yet, the Bible assures us it doesn’t matter what happens politically, morally, socially, or economically in the world around us if we have Christ in us — if we have the kingdom of God within us —-because with Christ and in Christ, we can have unshakeable faith.
The kind of faith that is impossible to change, shake, or beat down. The kind of faith that is confident in knowing Jesus, our rock and mighty fortress. The One who promised to never leave us nor forsake us. The One who causes us to triumph over any hurdle or situation trying to destabilize us or stop us from fulfilling our God-given purpose.
God wants you to live on mission. On point. Fulfilling all that He has called you to do. So as we journey through this daily devotional together, it is my prayer that your faith grows bigger than any storm you encounter. That your faith grows bigger than any fear shaking your world. That you grow unshakeable faith for every opportunity ahead.
Faith grows when we believe and declare God’s Word in our lives. When we stand on His promises…
The above follows the out-of-context citation of Hebrews 12:27. What I want to do now is show Hebrews 12:27 in context to see if that verse is talking about unshakeable faith. I will start at Hebrews 11:1 and go through the end of chapter 12:
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.12 Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.” 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; 16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. 26 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.Hebrews 11:1-12:29 (NASB)
As you can see, the texts are not talking about unshakeable faith. Nowhere in Scripture are we called to have unshakeable faith per se. In fact, Hebrews 12:2 specifically states that Christ is the author and perfecter of a believer’s faith. Believers don’t take the gift of faith and make it unshakeable; Christ both gives the believer faith and perfects it (see also Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:23). Those are gifts. Caine is emphasizing works more than she is faith and gift.
The book already suffers because Caine rips part of a verse out of context to springboard into a not-so-technical concept. This same concept represents her book title and thesis. Sadly, that isn’t the only reason this book suffers. In fact, the book suffers for far greater reasons. I analyze no less than three (although there are many more).
First, this book has a plethora of dishonestly cited passages. I mentioned earlier how Caine does not use an ellipse in her introduction when ripping Hebrews 12:27 out of context. She is a habitual offender of doing this throughout the book. There really is no excuse for this because on some occasions, she does either cite verses in full or provide ellipses to show she has omitted something (see the “October 5” and “October 6” entries as examples). The worst example of this comes on the “December 22” entry. Please understand that on the page before the book dedication towards the very beginning of the book, it states, “All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version.” Therefore, one would expect December 22’s entry (which was Exodus 3:1-10) to be strictly from the NIV. Instead, we get the following:
One day while Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro…the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a flame…God said…”It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.
Now, ellipses are used here. However, keep in mind that at this point of the book (December 22), I have already located a plethora of dishonestly cited passages. Out of curiosity, I decided to look up Exodus 3:1-10 in the NIV in full. Here is what it states (and I bold the sections that match what was shown in the book):
3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb,the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
As you can see, the citation in the book cannot possibly be from the NIV given the clear disconnects between what is in the book and the actual NIV text. Using Biblegateway.com, I perused translations to see what translation might have been used here. I came across the Good News Translation (GNT). Here is what that translation says for Exodus 3:1-10:
3 One day while Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, he led the flock across the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. 3 “This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn’t the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.”
4 When the Lord saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!”
He answered, “Yes, here I am.”
5 God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 Then the Lord said, “I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave drivers. I know all about their sufferings, 8 and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land, one which is rich and fertile and in which the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites now live. 9 I have indeed heard the cry of my people, and I see how the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 Now I am sending you to the king of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country.”
As you can see, the Good News Translation more accurately matches what is stated in Caine’s book than the NIV. It’s also worth noting that on the same page that states that all Scripture quotes are taken from the NIV unless otherwise dictated, the GNT is not mentioned as one of the translations used in this book. The other translations mentioned in this book are The Message (which is a mess and not a translation), the NLT, the NKJV, the NASB, the Amplified Bible, the ESV and the NRSV. If you looked up Exodus 3:1-10 in those other translations, you would find that only the GNT matches all text in Caine’s citation up to the point of “God said.” The question now becomes what translation is used for all text after those two words. If you look at the Message paraphrase, you see the following at the end of the “9-10” section. For context, I show Exodus 3:1-10 in that paraphrase:
3 1-2 Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. The angel of Godappeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of a bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up.
3 Moses said, “What’s going on here? I can’t believe this! Amazing! Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”
4 God saw that he had stopped to look. God called to him from out of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
He said, “Yes? I’m right here!”
5 God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.”
6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father: The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”
Moses hid his face, afraid to look at God.
7-8 God said, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain. And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt, get them out of that country and bring them to a good land with wide-open spaces, a land lush with milk and honey, the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
9-10 “The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians. It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.”
So what you really have for the “December 22” entry in Caine’s book is not Exodus 3:1-10 from the NIV (what you would believe given what was stated earlier in the book about translation usage). Instead, you see only parts of verses 1, 2 and 5 from the GNT. Verses 3, 4 and 6-9 are omitted completely. Finally, you get presumably verse 10 from the abominable Message paraphrase. This type of dishonest and sloppy work runs rampant throughout seemingly the majority of these devotionals. This “December 22” instance of it is far and away the worst of it.
There were other instances in which even the book and/or verse cited was incorrect. For example, the “March 7” entry lists Psalm 145:3 as the verse. The words cited state, “The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” However, that is the incorrect verse, for the words listed actually are the latter half of Psalm 145:13. Worse, these is no ellipse at the beginning to show the words omitted at that verse’s beginning (the whole verse reads, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.”).
The “April 6” entry lists Colossians 4:17 from the ESV as the verse. The words cited state, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” However, that is not the correct verse, for Colossians 4:17 states, “And say too Archippus, ‘See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the LORD.” The words cited in the “April 6” entry are actually from Colossians 1:17 minus the word “And” at the start. Once again, Caine uses no ellipse to show something was omitted from the verse. Moreover, she was off by three chapters.
The final instance I will show is the “May 19” entry. It lists Matthew 15:12 as the verse. The words cited state, “Love each other as I have loved you.” Once again, this is the incorrect verse. Matthew 15:12 from the NIV states, “Then the disciples came to him and asked, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?'” Caine did not even get the correct book right here! The words cited for the “May 19” entry actually belong to the latter half of John 15:12. Once again, Caine puts no ellipse at the verse’s beginning to show something was omitted. John 15:12 from the NIV states, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” It should be clear by now that Caine’s dishonestly and even incorrectly citing Bible passages is a frequent problem throughout this book.
The second reason this book suffers is because of its denial of Sola Scriptura. In several entries throughout this book, Caine claims direct revelation from God. In the third paragraph of the “June 20” entry, she states the following:
Later that night, I distinctly heard the Lord ask me, “Who exactly are you trying to be?” I sat down to spend some time with God so He could help me make sense out of the last few days — which had been quite busy. He simply reminded me that He had made Christine Caine unique from every other person on this planet and that being unique is okay. In fact, our uniqueness — yours and mine — is His divine design. Sit down with Him and let Him make sense of who you are trying to be, and who you’re made to be. And then, just be you!
There is much wrong with the above paragraph. I can go into detail on how Caine’s “just be you” line is similar to the “do what thou wilt” life motto of satanist Aleister Crowley (see this review for a bit of information on that). I can elaborate on Caine’s lack of reverence for the one true God. After all, if she really sat down next to God, she’d be dead (as would I, for He is holy, per Isaiah 6:1-13). My biggest issue with the above is her claiming direct revelation from God (perhaps even direct visitation given her sitting down with Him). To claim direct revelation from God is tantamount to denying the sufficiency of Scripture. False teacher Henry Blackaby did such a thing in his book Experiencing God.
As I mentioned in my review on Blackaby’s book, it is important to understand that God’s Word is all true, all powerful and without error (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 12:6; John 17:17; Titus 1:2; Psalm 18:30; Deuteronomy 12:32; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15). Furthermore, it equips the believer for every good work, for it is sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-9). Scripture is sufficient. Scripture alone is one’s authority for the faith and practice of a Christian. Hebrews 1:1-2 (NASB) states:
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.Hebrews 1:1-2 (NASB)
Who is “His Son”? That would be Jesus Christ, God in human flesh (John 1:1-14). Jesus is the Word incarnate. Moreover, He has already revealed all the Christian needs to know as it pertains to life and godliness. There is no need for claims to either direct revelation or irreverent direct visitation.
The final weakness I briefly analyze is Caine’s blasphemies in this book. Perhaps the worst of them all takes place on the “April 19” entry. In the last half of the second paragraph through part of the start of the third paragraph, Caine states the following:
…When I think about my own story, especially about learning in my early thirties that I was adopted, I honestly believed that I avoided years of grief, anger, resentment, confusion, and even therapy because I knew the Word: when I saw my birth certificate for the first time, and it said I was unnamed, I knew God’s Word says He called me before I was born and from my mother’s womb He spoke my name (Isaiah 49:1).
When your sense of identity is challenged, you’ll find sure defense by fully grasping who you are in Christ — who you are in His Word.
I do want to acknowledge Caine’s being candid about her finding out in her thirties that she was adopted. Her being candid in this book is the only thing she has going for her in this book. Having stated that, I cannot ignore the utter blaspheming she does when she claims Isaiah 49:1 for herself. If she knew the Word as she claims in that paragraph, she would not have engaged in such an egregious blasphemy. It is important to understand Isaiah 49:1 in its context. For context’s sake, I look at Isaiah 49:1-13 (NASB):
Listen to Me, O islands,
And pay attention, you peoples from afar.
The Lord called Me from the womb;
From the body of My mother He named Me.
2 He has made My mouth like a sharp sword,
In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me;
And He has also made Me a select arrow,
He has hidden Me in His quiver.
3 He said to Me, “You are My Servant, Israel,
In Whom I will show My glory.”
4 But I said, “I have toiled in vain,
I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the Lord,
And My reward with My God.”
5 And now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him
(For I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
And My God is My strength),
6 He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also make You a light of the nations
So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One,
To the despised One,
To the One abhorred by the nation,
To the Servant of rulers,
“Kings will see and arise,
Princes will also bow down,
Because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”
8 Thus says the Lord,
“In a favorable time I have answered You,
And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people,
To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;
9 Saying to those who are bound, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
Along the roads they will feed,
And their pasture will be on all bare heights.
10 “They will not hunger or thirst,
Nor will the scorching heat or sun strike them down;
For He who has compassion on them will lead them
And will guide them to springs of water.
11 “I will make all My mountains a road,
And My highways will be raised up.
12 “Behold, these will come from afar;
And lo, these will come from the north and from the west,
And these from the land of Sinim.”
13 Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth!
Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people
And will have compassion on His afflicted.
You will notice the words “My” and “Me” are capitalized throughout that passage. In the NASB version (as well as other versions like the NKJV), you find instances in which words like “Me”, “My” or “Word” are capitalized. Those instances indicate titles for Jesus. In the Isaiah passage (going as far as Isaiah 57:21), the frequent capitalizations are in regards to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Caine, however, takes this beautiful passage and applies it to herself. This is utter blasphemy. Furthermore, it is obvious in light of this blasphemy and her other problems with this book that she has no idea about who is the central figure of the Bible. The Bible is not about her. The Bible is not about me. The Bible is about Jesus Christ (John 5:39-45; John 20:31).
Caine’s book is an absolute mess of dishonestly/inaccurately cited passages, blasphemies, false teachings, irreverence, narcissism (something I didn’t cover due to the extensive coverage of the other issues), victimhood (another issue not covered) and a denial of Sola Scriptura. I have not read many devotionals in my life. However, given what I discovered in this mess of a book, I would have to conclude this book will likely go down as one of the worst devotionals I have ever read. If you want a true devotional, read large portions of God’s Word in context in a good translation (i.e., the NKJV, the NASB, the ESV, etc.). Stay away from Caine’s blasphemous nonsense. Her book in no way helps anyone find “unwavering strength in God’s Word”, for it is clear that she cannot even handle God’s Word rightly.
NOTE: I sent the link of my review to her “Contact” section on her website https://christinecaine.com/content/connect/gk1kzt#contact. I also tweeted my review. I tagged her in it. In my email via the website, I asked her 3 questions pertaining to:
- Her intended audience for the book
- If she was aware that she took a passage about Jesus and applied it to herself as she did on her “April 19” entry
- If she was aware of the plethora of dishonestly and/or inaccurately cited passages in her book