Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Review: Enemies of the Heart

Enemies of the Heart
Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You
Andy Stanley

I have never felt more guilty, angry, greedy or jealous in my life. It's not because I have more of those qualities in my life right now, but because I read a book that really brought out the realization that I have a lot of these feelings deep inside my heart. It took me a long time to read this book...not because I couldn't get into it. But because I really wanted to hear everything he had to say about this. I wanted to hear the ending.

I love how he talks about the Enemies being deeper debts.

Guilt: I Owe You
Anger: You Owe Me
Greed: I Owe Me
Jealousy: God Owes Me

Some of these I have thought about a lot before. I know that I can feel guilty a lot. I tend to give myself guilt trips and feel bad about things. I did realize that I had a bit of anger...but I would never really call it a problem until I really looked at how deep it goes. Greed is probably the one I have the smallest problem with. Jealousy...I have never viewed it this way before as God owes me. But really if I am jealous of what someone else has really I am thinking that God owes me that.

Now at this point I was feeling pretty pathetic. How could I have so much of this stuff in my heart? But I loved his chapters that really dive in and confront these issues head on. He doesn't just give you his opinion. Well he does give you his opinion, but he also gives you Bible verses that deal with each Enemy.

Well I simply loved this book and would recommend it to everyone!
I was given this book by Water Brook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

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