I used this book to prepare an adult Bible study on the Beattitudes. Using the seven sins as polar opposites to the behaviors expected of Christ's kingdom, the seven sins brought a stark contrast to the qualities described in the Beattitudes and served to amplify the qualities of 7 of the Beattitudes. The study participants seemed to appreciate the constrast of the 7 sins to the Beattitudes. We all learned from the study. Books like this stimulate our thinking about God's Word. The book is a light read, but does have a list of references in the appendix from which to research points made in the book.
Wow and Wow!! Jeff Cook is a local author to Greeley, CO. He is a very thorough writer and thinker in this book. His foot notes are well worth reading and provide some fanatstic depth to a very fast paced and amazing work. I would definitely encourage anyone who has any thought of looking into either the Beatitudes or the Seven Deadly Sins to add this to their reading list. Jeff has an amazing view, particularly on the Seven Deadlies that was completely new to me. And the way they are tied together? Unbelievable. Enjoy this book with your small group! Blessings, Jonathan
"I've never been a fan of studies of the seven deadly sins. I did purchase the New York Public Library series since it had two of my favorite authors, Phyllis Tickle and Joseph Epstein. Recently I got a book in the mail and when I saw the title "Seven" I thought, "Here we go again." No, it is not here we go again. Jeff Cook, in Seven: The Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes , uniquely and eloquently combines the seven deadly sins with the [eight] beatitudes.What Seven does is combine something we need to repent from with something we need as a virtue. Instead of leaving a person feeling guilty, as so many of the studies of the seven deadlies do, this book stiff arms us a bit and then points us to the way of Jesus.I recommend this book for church small groups, for college groups interested in exploring Christian morality, and to anyone who needs a good reminder of our moral calling. The prose is gentle and informed and accessible; the quotes very good; the stories exceptional."