I didn't realize that I had heart disease until I read this book. I also discovered that the type of heart disease I have can't be treated with a prescription drug. If you decide to read this book, you might be as surprised as I was to discover that you are afflicted with a spiritual heart disease. Perhaps it's time for a check up.
Being an excellent communicator, Andy Stanley keeps you riveted to Enemies of the Heart as he discusses four destructive emotional forces that compel you to act in undesirable ways and have the power to destroy your home, your career, and your friendships. Guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy are described by Andy to be a spiritual heart disease that has the potential to "destroy you and squeeze the life out of your most valuable relationships."
Andy quotes Proverbs 4:23 NASB, "Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life." Whether it be good or bad, whatever is in our hearts is eventually translated into words and deeds. Reading this book will likely cause you to realize that you too, like many of us, have a spiritual heart disease that we aren't aware of. Thankfully, in his easy to understand and practical advice, Andy helps you get to the root of your bad heart condition and provides biblical direction for healing.
Once again, I've been enlightened and inspired by the writing of Andy Stanley. I've already recommend it to several friends and will certainly promote it through my church library.
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books book program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing these things in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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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