Our Favorite Sins The Sins We Commit and How You Can Quit
By Todd Hunter
Published by Thomas Nelson
The Essential Guide for Beating Temptation
Falling for temptation isn't inevitable. We don't have to lose the fight. In fact, we can win if we understand the root of the problem and what Christians have done from the beginning to beat it. Our Favorite Sins shines a much-needed light in our lives' dark corners and reveals the time-tested methods for getting victory over sin.
Are you tyrannized by your own desires?
If you are breathing, your answer is probably yes.
The question is: What are you going to do about it?
With more than thirty years of pastoral experience, Todd D. Hunter knows that most peopleâ€”himself includedâ€”struggle every day with temptation. All too often, we fail and fall, and some of us are at our wit's end, utterly defeated. What do we do to get a grip on the sin in our life and live like God wants?
There's good news: despite all our failures and shameful "moments after," there really is a way out, a way forward, and a way that draws us closer to the life that God desires for us.
In Our Favorite Sins, Hunter cracks open the problem of temptation and points to practical, Biblically based, time-tested solutions. First revealing the role played by our disordered desires, Hunter shows how different temptations trip us up and how we can resist and overcome them, even if we've fallen prey to them for decades. Victory starts with reordering our desires, and the church has given us the tools for the job. Hunter shows us how to use them and start beating the temptations that so often beat us.
Informed by exclusive research from the Barna Group, Our Favorite Sins offers a view that works for any believer wherever they are and no matter how big the battle they're fighting.
I would recommend this book to readers of any faith, this is a great book to keep on your nightstand, and pick it up often and read. Also would be great as a gift for anyone.
I liked it .... easy read. The book centers on different forms of sin, such as laziness and procrastination. The chapters explain to us what the sin means, how it affects our lives, and how we can overcome it, but none of the words are incriminating. While reading, it is an easy transaction to put yourself into the book and realize how to better yourself.
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Recently I had the chance to read the book Our Favorite Sins- The Sins We Commit and How You Can Quit by Todd Hunter though a program from Booksneeze that offers free books to bloggers in return for honest review, whether positive or negative.
We all have our "thing" we secretly deal with.
You know- that attitude, emotion, addiction, or just plain habitual sin that we love but hate at the same time... and try to hide from everyone around us. I too, am guilty of this, which explains why I was a such a skeptic when I saw this book on the lineup. I have read more than one book before that promised victory. That promised I could be changed if I did the right things in the right order and just tried- and yet, left me neither exasperated and unable to commit, or just worse off than I was when I started.
This book was not like that.
It gave you honest information, about honest things and made you feel like whatever you're trying to let go of was worth fighting for. It showed you that you weren't alone in your struggle- regardless of how the devil tries to convince you other wise. It gives you statistical data about what types of people struggle with certain kinds of temptation and what coping mechanisms (sometimes the right one, sometimes not) they choose in order to deal with it.
I am also really big on inspirational quotes, and this book had a lot of good ones.
More than anything, though, this book doesn't make you feel like a failure, and encourage rings on literally every page.
It is one of those books you want to just have to have.
Don't let the title turn you off because this book is full of comfort and encouragement for beginning or older followers of Jesus Christ. Basing his writing on results of a Barna survey Todd Hunter discusses common sins faced by Christians (and non-believers, too.) He especially deals with anxiety, procrastination, over-eating, media addictions and laziness.
He shows that our innermost desires lead us into temptation if they are not given to God for control. The long-term result of giving in to temptation is disaster.
Hunter, an Anglican bishop, gives us beautiful, powerful prayers from ancient liturgies as one remedy for dealing with our disordered desires. He also discusses baptism, communion (he calls it Eucharist), Bible study, prayer and Christian fellowship. He suggests these disciplines as a means toward eventual victory over our desires that mess up our lives in ways we really don't want.
Clearly written and applicable, Our Favorite Sins could become your favorite book. The volume makes a helpful gift, too.
Our Favorite Sins The Sins We Commit and How You Can Quit By: Todd D. Hunter
Bishop Todd Hunter is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. Author of Christianity Beyond Belief , Giving Church A Second Chance , The Outsider Interviews, The Accidental Anglican and coming soon a book on temptation titled Our Favorite Sins. Todd is also the founding director of Churches for the Sake of Others, the West Coast church planting initiative for The Anglican Mission in the Americas. Todd also founded Three is Enough, a small group movement that enables spiritual formation in one's everyday life.
I had the privilege to read Our Favorite Sins and it was quite interesting. It was slow in the beginning but as you read further into the book you begin to find parts of the book interesting. Some parts are obvious but when I read chapter 7 I really liked it. The title of chapter 7 is called Media Mary I really related to the chapter. The reason was that I had just cut off the cable, because I found myself just wasting time, and he addresses these kinds of sins. The rest of the book was just as good. Sin is in all our lives, but how we deal with them is what Todd Hunter addresses. I would recommend that you pick up this book. You might not put it down. God Bless
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