This one was printed in the Onion
in 2002, and I've thought of it several times since:Woman Who Claims Book Changed Her Life Has Not Changed
MEMPHIS, TN— Despite claims that Bruce Wilkinson's The Prayer Of Jabez:
Breaking Through To The Blessed Life, "totally changed [her] worldview,"
payroll secretary Brenda Haskell is the same shallow, distracted person she
has always been. "Yeah, ever since reading it, she's really been elevated
to a higher, more profound spiritual plane," coworker Stephanie Roule said.
"I guess that's the spiritual plane where you spend all day obsessing over
What evidence do I show of growth over the years? Of the books that have impressed me, have I used them to change my life, or simply settled for being impressed?
A change in your life is real when it leads to action. It is unreal when it doesn't show in action.
It is better to do good than avoid evil.