Friday, November 18, 2011

Book Review

Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions that Control You by Andy Stanley

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Andy Stanley gets to the heart of the matter with this book. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. How do we fix it? Of course the ultimate fix is trusting Christ as Savior and Lord. However, there will still be sin in our hearts because we are still human. We will still have times we will lash out and then wonder from where that came. Andy Stanley gives us the answer in this very helpful book.

Andy Stanley helps us understand what the Bible tells us all about human nature and the source of sin. He expertly guides us to the problem, ie the sin problem like guilt, anger, greed, jealousy, etc. Then he shows us through scripture the answer to these sins. Forgiveness is the answer to anger as generosity is the answer to greed, and so on.

It is not a difficult read; however, it is very difficult to look closely in my own heart to recognize the depths of sin that without a Savior would bind me for all eternity. It is a very helpful book that has taken time to read because in all honesty I don't wish to believe that I can be so bad when the reality is I can be my own episode in a J*SprinTer (name changed intentionally) show.

God knew when He created the universe that His special creation: humans would need reconciliation to Himself. He not only knew the problem, He provided the solution. In this book, Andy Stanley uses God's word to show us a better way to handle the deceitful heart.

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