Andy Stanley writes about how our actions come from within and how our inner condition is determined by the condition of our heart. It is because of our damaged or wounded hearts that we react in certain ways. He describes four enemies of the heart, which greatly impacts the condition of the heart: guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. He attributes habits (one habit per enemy of the heart) that can be practiced to help confront and turn away from our guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.
I appreciated what Stanley had to say concerning the heart condition and how to approach each enemy. I found myself naturally thinking about what he was saying and analyzing what condition my heart is in. He does a great job at making the material understandable and relevant to the life of the reader (at least for me he did). I was challenged to not simply read and be educated, but to actual confront the enemies of my heart with the help of God. I believe this book is a good resource to revisit our heart and reflect on what we need to go to God with and allow Him to transform. I see this book being a good introduction to growing in self-awareness.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
In Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You, pastor Andy Stanley calls readers to break free from the destructive power of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. These four forces, says Stanley, have the power to destroy your home, career, and friendships if left unchallenged. They take over your life, destroy your relationships, and leave you and those around you hurting. In this book, Stanley provides practical advice, straight from the Bible, to help you take back control and restore your relationships.
Enemies of the Heart is exactly what I needed. It is both convicting and refreshing. The author uses a thoroughly enjoyable writing style with fun anecdotes to unwrap, dissect, and bring light to the sources of our problems. The book is nothing if not direct - no skirting around the issues here - and yet unlike with many similar books I never felt as if the author were being self-righteous or accusatory. After describing the problems and helping us to see the problems in our own lives, Stanley provides powerful insight into how to free ourselves from the bondage found in these four emotions.
Please do yourself and those around you a favor and buy this book, but don't stop there. Devour it. Live it. Use it to change your life.
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Enemies of the heart is a book written concerning the issues of the heart. It is written in four segment ,where did it come from to moving forward.Four enemies that kills our heart everyday of our life:Where does the issues and crises we come across comes from?
The author gave a few heart killers and the anti-dote
At some point in time somebody owes someboby something,at least we thing so and if debt is not paid, it causes bitterness therefore , enemies of the heart. So then how do we deal with such issues and enemies so it does not eat our heart away?
I appreciate the idea of this book, it's therapeutic and would recommend it to anyone who at some point in time have some unanswered questions and needs alittle push in setting themselves free.
Anger has been a defence which many of us hide behinde, "we believe it makes us strong or more effective but the people we interact with see it as a weakness"......I love that statement,it is so true.
Mastering these four element makes us happy and free.....No one wants anger,guilt,jealousy and greed get the best of them,and to do that we have to live and master these through forgiveness.
I wish i can have this copy for keep because i will definately read this again.
I receive a copy of this book from waterbrook multnomah publishing group for my honest review.
It's interesting that I got this book during the summer and I didn't get to finish it until this fall. Part of this was poor time management on my part, but when I actually started reading Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley, who is the son of one of my favorite preachers: Dr. Charles Stanley, I realized me reading this when I did was more of God's timing than mine.
Enemies of the Heart is a book which addresses the spiritual heart. We like to look at the physical condition of our hearts in order to avoid problems like heart disease, but Andy Stanley writes, with a strong emphasis, we ought to monitor our spiritual condition too. Do we have any Greedy, Angry, Jealous, and or guilty habits/tendencies? How do they appear in our lives? And how do we deal with each of these traits?
I cannot get into specific details, but I believe God wanted me to read this book at the time I did because he wanted me to realize and treat certain spiritual heart conditions I've been guilty of containing within. I believe this book helped me a great deal in becoming more spiritually aware, but like many diet/weight loss books this book is only something beneficial when actually applied. Andy Stanley addressed several important topics which I didn't expect him to get into like analyzing more specifically why do some men have a problem with Lust. He also provides various passages of scripture as support for our need to examine our hearts carefully; one really good verse is Proverbs 4:23. He even provides solutions, though not easy ones, in regard to our unclean hearts which though tough are not unrealistically optimistic.
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Have you wanted to understand why you reacted a certain way to your spouse, your children, your siblings? Or maybe, you wanted to figure out why after you told yourself you would not react to the ex-spouse in an explosive manner no matter what, the same argumentative end of the encounter occurred?
Author and Pastor Andrew Stanley has written an incredible work of healing in Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Emotions that Control You, that dives right in to our heart situations with great precision and puts on notice the enemies of our heart: guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. Stanley gives us the tools to fight back and gain foundational balance in facing down the enemy and getting the victory over the matters of our hearts.
Haven't you wanted to have a more fruitful relationship with the people you love, or worked better in a professional relationship, or understood how to be a better parent to your children? This is the book for you.
I have had all kinds of Franklin Covey classes, instruction in understanding personality types, being a better me and managing my personality with others for productivity. I recently read When the Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Aurthur, which is also a brilliant read; yet Enemies of the Heart spoke to me in a completely different way that gave me insight into some small hidden spaces God needed to get into and sweep clean.
Stanley is no nonsense in his conversational deliberate delivery of this informative anointed text that makes you feel like you are just having coffee with a good friend, and a really great conversation too. One that you both will walk away from changed.
I highly recommend Enemies of the Heart to anyone who wants to improve their interpersonal relationships, understand what the battle is about, or just live and love in a better way.