Misquoted: Rethinking Commonly Misused Bible Verses

Misquoted: Rethinking Commonly Misused Bible Verses

by Dan Suelzle


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God’s Word or Motivational Mantra?

Does it ever feel as though Bible verses have been repeated so often they have lost their meaning? Like a game of Bible Mad Libs where bits and pieces of Scripture are pulled and patched together to fit a fill-in-the-blank narrative that strays from what God really said.

Misquoted dives into the most commonly misused verses from the Bible—verses that are well worth reclaiming because of the significant impact they can have on your life. You will discover that Scripture, when you consider the context…

  • is not all about us, but Christ for us and the forgiveness of our sins
  • is an ever-flowing fountain of true hope and lasting comfort
  • is not all that mysterious, but when properly understood, has real life-changing power

From God’s great love to his plan and purpose for you, this book will shine new light on the most misused scriptures, placing each verse back into the context it was written so that you can experience the fullness of all the great truths God offers for your comfort, encouragement, and spiritual growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736974820
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 455,302
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Reverend Dan Suelzle received an MDiv from Concordia Seminary and is the campus pastor at Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel. Suelzle strives to bring the full comfort and clarity of the gospel to a world full of white noise. He lives in North Dakota with his wife and four children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 God Loves You Just the Way You Are 1 John 4:8 19

2 Give Everything for Jesus Matthew 13:44-46 31

3 God Will Help You Accomplish Your Dreams Matthew 19:26 41

4 You're a Pretty Big Deal Around Here Jeremiah 29:11 49

5 Dying Is Just a Part of Life Psalm 116:15 59

6 All You Have to Do Is… Revelation 3:20 71

7 Don't Be a Hater Matthew 7:1 83

8 Everything Happens for a Reason Romans 8:28 89

9 All You Need Is Love 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 99

10 Name It and Claim It. Blab It and Grab It. Reckon It and Beckon It. Proverbs 23:7 107

11 God Loves Social Justice Matthew 25:40 117

12 We Are Not Saved by Faith Alone James 2:24 129

13 Christ Is Your Copilot Philippians 4:13 139

14 Overcome Debt, Depression, and Other Goliaths in Your Life 1 Samuel 17:50 147

15 God Believes in You 1 Corinthians 10:13 155

16 God Speaks to You in Whispers 1 Kings 19:11-13 163

17 God Is Proud to Be an American 2 Chronicles 7:14 175

18 Jesus Came to Make You Rich John 10:10 183

Repeating God's Unchanging Truth 191

Helpful Terms in Biblical Interpretation 193

Genres of Literature in Scripture 197

Questions to Ask When Reading a Biblical Text 201

Endnotes 203

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Misquoted: Rethinking Commonly Misused Bible Verses 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Misquoted is a book that seeks to interpret scriptures within their historical and literary contexts through the author, Dan Suelzle's, Lutheran theology. One of the big points in this book, although it isn't outright stated, is to remember the impact of modern individualism has on our understanding of scriptures (ie seeing ourselves as the heroes of stories) and account for that and instead focus on seeing Jesus as the Hero of His Story. One of the benefits of reading widely, is the opportunity to read and understand other view points on God. In reading this book, I haven't agreed with everything the author has written (in his chapter on Jeremiah 29:11, he seems to use the existence of false prophets, who tempt with joyful messages of success, to say that any prophetic message either to you or from fellow Christians is false, and in his chapter on Revelation 3:20, his view seems to be Calvinistic in that the death of humanity prior to conversation extends to be unable to choose salvation.). That having been said, it is still helpful to read and reconsider your individual views and determine whether his perspective reveals any problems with your view of God, as it does or doesn't line up with Scripture. The chapter on Rev 3:20 does move beyond his Calvinistic understanding and discuss the audience of the text being written which is a mainstay of correct biblical interpretation. The book is written well and even covers scriptures that you wouldn't consider. There is in particular one chapter of the foreign un-natural event of death, which speaks about the focus to reflect on the deceased life rather than reflect on the defeatedness of death, that one day the world will be remade and their body will rise. The book uses scripture consistently, as to ensure that the reader when they find their beliefs challenged will use them. The challenge of one's beliefs is not easy but is necessary to test them. The book concludes with further helpful bible study guidelines for future individual study. I have been provided with a copy of Misquoted by the publisher through NetGalley however all thoughts are my own.
D_Maddox 11 months ago
I was intrigued by the title of this book. People often pick over Bible verses to prove a point, misquote verses they think they have read or heard in the Bible, and quote sayings they think are in the Bible but are not. For whatever reason, these misuses of the Bible mislead people and, in some instances, can cause them to question their faith. God promised …. I don’t have that … what is wrong … does God love me? Dan Suelzel takes several misused or misquoted verses and explains how many people understand them. He then gives the context of the verse and explains his view of what the verse really means. Then he goes on to show how the proper understanding of the verse can bring comfort to believers. There are also sections on helpful terms in Biblical interpretation and questions to ask when reading Bible verses. The book is easy to read and understand and will help new and old Christians.
KiahJT 11 months ago
3 stars I am conflicted by this book. It is an interesting look at the many popular Bible verses and how they are taken out of context. The author takes each one of these verses and puts it into context. However, here is my problem. The author Dan Suelzle is a Lutheran pastor. He believes in doctrinal creeds and the like, so I find it hard to believe a pastor who fills the need to follow this sort of doctrinal statement which keeps getting changed. The Bible doesn’t change and God doesn’t change, so why does his belief system keep changing? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own. #Misquoted #NetGalley
RicohReads 12 months ago
I enjoy any book that is about biblical interpretation that is honest, consistent and balanced. I can not fault the author here and his declared standpoint. As a pastor in the Lutheran denomination he clearly states how he approaches the bible; what are his basic underlying beliefs which he brings to seeking an understanding and why this is important. Furthermore he never deviants from this position and such clarity is a wonderful basis to proceed. Finally on the see-saw of interpretation he reveals the tilt that justification by faith brings. So balance will never be found in the strictest sense but the weighting is made clear. This is not a criticism, I applaud such a stubbornness not to stray from doctrine but it means more emotional and personal experiences will never tip the scales. I would rather ones understanding and interpretation to be honestly held and viewpoint shared in this way and I love the Christian message that thereafter is consistently delivered. Therefore this book was a joy to read and provided a rich blessing to be considering the gospel message that was reinforced throughout. The Lutheran bias was clear but I am happy to hear the word of God expounded in this way and it brings faith. Nothing left to confuse, mislead or I’ll get back to you on that, this is a difficult concept with little clear understanding (no fudge - thank you). Does it all sit easy with me? No but I hear sincerity and a certainty of faith. It isn’t a personal opinion either as I reckon it would meet with universal acceptance within this denomination. Sadly some branches of the church have lost any consistent preaching and biblical study can be reduced to more personal views of the type of message they want to believe, and of the god they want to and can only accept if ....... It is also an important book too because it challenges the whole area of using the bible to reduce verses to sound bites we are comfortable with, don’t offend others and as the author states are Misquoted. The choice of scriptures is interesting and in a number of cases I see the dangers as outlined. I share the concerns and see the dishonesty of reducing all scripture to buzz verses we like rather than seeking truth and a deeper understanding. The methods the author adopts are seemingly the same in each case and he makes strong arguments to question more ‘open’ interpretations. It highlights the dangers quite clearly but the process starts from being Christ centred rather than being caught in the moment of what it is saying to you as a believer. This dryness leaves me a little cerebral, I want to explore my personal relationship with Christ and continue to have a daily walk with him in the Holy Spirit. I want to feel that God can speak to me in a unique way from his scriptures and not just strip back to context and comfort of general truths of the finished work of Christ my saviour. I want to believe that a gospel call by an evangelist is more than good oratory and more in keeping with the work of the Holy Spirit convicting a person of their sin and accepting the promises of God. This book on first reading seems to expound that it is never the you, choice is diminished in a sense but not stated as predestination. As a Methodist I guess I’m on a similar path but very distinct as well. Wesley rather than Luther fashioned my denomination. I love to sing “Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine”. Faith comes from hearing the word of God so I commend this book.