BOOK REVIEW: I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much

Don’t let the title fool you, there is little if anything of the Judeo-Christian God in I Am. Instead you will find ideas that compete with the Christian worldview.

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In the introduction Dr. Dyer introduces the idea that God is not separate from us but rather an energy inside of us. This is very different from the Christian’s belief that God put a spirit and His moral compass inside of us. It is even unrelated to the belief that the Holy Spirit can enter us. Rather it reduces God to nothing more than an energy. He is not outside of time and space but rather inside of it.

How can this type of God offer any comfort to the sadness and tragedy this world has?

In fact, Dr. Dyer wrote in the introduction that, “Once we become aware of this energy, we can help it to grow and expand and bring happiness to ourselves and others.”

Instead of accepting the words I Am as the divine utterance to Moses in Exodus 3:14, Dr. Dyer instead writes that it is how we end that sentence that is important. This is introducing the idea that we are all gods.

“I am in your mind and your heart…I am everywhere!”

“We are one and the same.”

These statements are not true for the Christian. God is perfect and we are not. We are mortal bodies while God is the almighty spirit, outside of time and space.

“I am everything that is good and everything that is real.”

This too does not make sense from the Christian worldview, not everything that is real is good.

Also,  when he talks about God being in everything real did he mean tables, chairs and all material things we can see? That smacks of pantheism, which is the belief that the divine is in all things.

There is also a rhyme that includes “there’s really no line where you start and I end.”

Yet, in Christianity there is a clear distinction between humans and God.

These ideas in Dr. Dyer’s work has the potential to instill in a child the feeling that they are gods, that “wishes come true from within, not above.”

I would ask, if we are all part of God then why are we not perfectly good?

Dr. Dyer answers that question on his closing page.

It wraps up by encouraging kids to be careful what they say to themselves, which is a good lesson but, Dr. Dyer writes that kids should say, ”I am happy. I am kind. I am perfect.”

This goes against the Christian view that we are sinners and need to repent and seek to God’s ways.

I cannot recommend this book for any parent or child as a Christian resource.

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