In an age where the word "sin" is scarcely used, this book goes beyond the "other sins" that everyone else commits and hits some basic ones that most of us don't want to call a sin. Things such as:
too much media
But not only do they point out these things, he also offers some ways to help you commit to quit, such as prayer, liturgy, planning ahead, evaluating what is working, and lots of encouragement.
While you might not be inclined to pick this up, because many don't want to be challenged on such sins that hit so close to home, this is actually a very encouraging upbeat book that will benefit any believer.
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author Todd D. Hunter is an Anglican Bishop and the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. he is also an adjunct professor at several seminaries. his latest book is Our Favorite Sins: The Sins We Commit & How You Can Quit.
the first comment i'd like to make is a superficial one: the book cover is great. i think the cover design is very clever and thought-provoking before you even read a single word in the book. very well done.
Our Favorite Sins deals with something we all face: temptation.
temptation is not the same as sin. being tempted is not a sin.
we seem to beat ourselves up about temptation, though. sometimes i think we see being temptated as sinful as giving in to said temptation.
Hunter writes with a pastors heart and scholars mind referencing the Bible and sharing stories. the book is also enhanced with research from the Barna Group.
Our Favorite Sins is well written and a treat to read.
i would reccomend this book to Christians of all stages on their walk with Christ. it may prevent some struggles for those who are starting a walk with Christ; and it may help those who have been Christians for years see something in a new light that is extremely helpful.
This is a book for those desire to follow Jesus and are serious about personal holiness and dealins with sin. It's chapters are based around a few widely practiced sins and offers insights into the backstory as well as steps toward victory. It is appropriate for adults who desire to live a life of holiness.
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed reading the backstory on why certain sins develop. I enjoyed the fidelity to the Bible and the litany of ancient and future practices. I appreciate the 'turning from' and the 'turning to' strategy of dealing with sin. I think if there was a bit more emphasis on the 'turning to' side of things beyond simple litany, progress would be heightened even more. Overall, a worthile read.
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The subtitle "The Sins We Commit & How You Can Quit" tells us both what we do not want to talk about as well as what we have all given thought to often. It's uncomfortable to think about the sins that we not only commit, but actually fail in regularly. Fortunately, since Mr. Hunter stirs up such subjects for us to face, he goes on to tackle what we should do to overcome these temptations that follow us all through our lives.
In launching into his subject, Mr. Hunter admits the battle that we all face with temptation. He never hides the fact that the battle has been as fierce in his own life as he knows it is for we readers. Quickly he establishes that our wrong desires, springing from pride, are deep inside us and are the ultimate problem in the sins we commit. He makes an understandable and strong case here. I was convinced.
He explains how well we rationalize our sins. His description is really uncanny as I know I have rationalized the way he describes. Then he describes the all too common situation of living years as a Christian and never quite getting victory. In that many of my failures are similar to what they were years ago, I too well know what he means. Add to that the fact that temptation is here to stay, and we are discussing one of the biggest issues of the Christian life.
In probing this issue for us he recognizes that what tempts me probably is not what tempts you. Based on those deep "disordered desires" He ties it together in a clear way the process of desire, rationalization, and then failure. We become creatures who live to feed our desires. We feel helpless and only fail more. He analyzes survey respondents on how they handled temptation and shows that if we even try at all, our pathetic responses are doomed from the beginning.
Then he takes us on an expose of the most common temptations of our times. There's worry, procrastinating, over-indulgence, social media addiction (Let's look out as I write on here as you read on here), and laziness. In chapters 9 and 10 he takes these common temptations and brings us back to his premise that our desires must be re-ordered though the power of Christ. It's helpful stuff.
He has 2 chapters on Sacraments and the Lectionary that I found of little use. He's an Anglican who uses these things though you would never know it outside these 2 chapters.
This is a great read that highlights the need of a transformational approach rather than the pitiful failing attempts we have used for years. This book can help us.
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In "Our Favorite Sins", Todd Hunter has done an excellent job of assessing the human condition. Through great research by the Barna Group, he pinpoints the sins that have become strongholds. Knowing deeply that what the heart desires, the will chooses, and the mind justifies, and the desperate condition of our hearts, Hunter pastorally leads the sinner to Christ. As with the woman at the well, offering true living drink that can quench the thirst. It is enriched by liturgical meditations, which he makes very evident are not ends in themselves, but act as tools for transformative communion with God. He goes on to encourage morning and evening prayer as a historical means of bringing our brokenness before God, allowing him to give us the desires of our hearts, rather than a means of self-righteousness. There is no legalism in this book, so as to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. There is no room for self-righteousness. But at the same time, we are not left stuck in our sins. The grace of God is not only a justifying work that clears us from guilt, shame and the powers of death. It brings kingdom resurrection, sanctifying life that transforms the heart of the believer, giving them a new heart and helping them to crucify the flesh. He is certainly not legalistic, but neither does he lead us into license. Justification and Sanctification are not merged into one. There is freedom from the sin as well as the law, although this is not completed until Christ comes again. Todd Hunter has clearly been immersed in the writings of the spiritual greats. He gets it right by getting to the heart of the human problem, which is the problem of the human heart. He not only exposes sins, but walks us through how to come before God and allow him to change us in these areas. So many books are very good at pinpointing the problem, but are dreadful at walking through the solution. Todd Hunter is deeply scriptural, traditional, liturgical, historical and theological. This book is written in clear language that high school students can access, with a depth that leaves none out of its convicting scope. The strength of this book is in the way Hunter directs the reader away from self-centered desires and opens us their relationship with God in a way that is transformational. The real hope is in Christ. He doesn't leave anyone thirsty, but is the one who can meet our deepest desires and needs.