Too Great a Temptation: The Seductive Power of America's Super Church
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Too Great a Temptation: The Seductive Power of America's Super Church

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First edition, first printing. Signed, inscribed and dated by author on title page.
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Summit Publishing Group - Lega
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My church history professor (Dr. Chute) suggested this book, and I got it on amazon for a whopping 1 penny plus 3.99 shipping. Looks intriguing and quite provocative. Criswell is a superstar to many in circles I have run with (SBC), so it will be interesting to see what Dr. Gregory experienced as a pastor at First Baptist, Dallas.

Edit: Finished the book. A little whiny and defensive, like Dr. Gregory was trying to write an apologetic for his abrupt exodus from First Baptist. If many of the thing...more
I couldn't help but crane my neck and look at this one, much like a bad car accident. It's the intriguing, ugly, behind-the-scenes look at Gregory's short, tumultuous ministry at First Baptist Dallas. Gregory is definitely talented, intelligent...and bitter. I feel kind of guilty for having enjoyed this one so much.
Becky Nelson
Having been a member at First Baptist Church since the 1980's and one who experienced the pastorate of Joel Gregory, I appreciated his candor as he shared his experience. This book helped me release some of my own confusion and misperceptions over his actions during his pastorate.
I loved this book, although I did think that Gregory seemed a little whiny at times. I wish he had focused more on the hypocrisy of the church instead of Criswell refusing to step aside.
basis (partly) for 'god's man in texas,' which i was directing at the time. an interesting look into the political struggles of a superchurch, but fairly one-sided.
Gerry Kelly
Incites into the politics of Mega churches and the pitfalls leaders with large egos. Good read for Southern Baptists.
Read like fiction. Some would probably say it was. Tremendous account of one of the ugly sides of the Bride of Christ.
Dr. Gregory shows the danger of ministerial ambition.
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