1. Knowing Sin
    Mark Jones
    Moody Publishers / 2022 / Trade Paperback
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  1. thechristianscribe
    Arizona
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Treatise!
    May 30, 2022
    thechristianscribe
    Arizona
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
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    If you're a fan of the Puritans this one will be a great read for you. Not many books are written about sin, this is one of a kind. This is a well-rounded anthology on harmatiology (the study of sin). The author uses pieces and teachings from several Puritans to introduce each chapter and then goes into detailed discussions.

    The book covers every area of sin you can think of; the origins, selfishness, envy, privation of sin, sorrow, manipulation, temptations, etc. I found the material biblically sound and very well-written. This is probably the best book I've read on sin.

    The author makes reference to theologians, ministers, preachers, and Biblical stories to draw his points. This book helps you analyze how you handle sin and to identify the root problems. I would highly recommend!

    I received a copy of this book from Moody in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

  2. Jane
    Elmhurst, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Understanding the Doctrine of Sin
    April 26, 2022
    Jane
    Elmhurst, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Not much is written or spoken about sin today. The author, Puritan scholar Mark Jones, takes a look at how the Puritans understood and spoke about the power of sin and its effects.

    These thoughts of the Puritans are summarized in a number of topics including the origin of sin, temptations of sin, contagion of sin, vocabulary of sin, sorrow of sin, secrecy of sin, and manipulation of sin to name a few. No one is without sin. It affects us all. The question is not whether we struggle with sin, but rather what are we doing about sin. The path to overcoming sin begins with knowing about sin itself and then finding the path to victory over sin with the help of God.

    This book is for anyone interested in the doctrine of sin and how the Puritans viewed sin. I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for this honest review.
  3. PV
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful, Yet Challenging, Look at Sin
    March 25, 2022
    PV
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    Books which are recommended to me through various areas of my life usually make it onto my "To Read" list, so when Mark Jones Knowing Sin promised to reflect on sin, and numerous people seemed excited to recommend it, it quickly made it to the top of the list. After reading this book I can see why so many people were recommending it, this book helps you honestly reflect on your own heart in a manner which reveals areas where growth may be needed or where growth has taken place.

    Jones begins his book by explaining how "a distorted weak view of sin will lead to a disfigured, anemic, and unproductive theology" (13). He begins this process of reflection by looking at sins beginning. This is not just limited to Adam and Eve eating the fruit in the garden, but also includes a look at Satans fall before the creation of the world. These chapters set the stage for the rest of the book where Jones explores various ways sin affects the heart. While there are areas which look at how sin is seen in our lives, the emphasis of this book is on describing various attributes of sin: its roots in pride, its need for secrecy, and its affects on our thoughts. As Jones explores these various attributes he shows over and over again how "sin is a restless evil" (88) which is still working beneath the surface even when things seem calm. While there are several moments where the reader is left with an awareness of the weight of sin, Jones makes sure to remind the reader that "just as there is a rich vocabulary for sin, there is an even richer one for grace" (60).

    Even though this book deals with a weighty subject, it does not read like a technical dissection of sin found in a systematic theology but rather reads very conversationally. Jones does a beautiful job of connecting the various memorable Puritan quotes with explanations and real-life examples of how these aspects of sin can be seen in a persons life. While this is an easy book to read, it is also challenging to read because Jones, and the Puritans, reveal how deep the roots of sin go and cause the reader to reflect on their own heart and sins affect on it.

    This book shows the reader how "Satan promises the best, but pays the worst: he promises honor and pays with disgrace, he promises pleasure and pays with pain, he promises profit and pays with loss, he promises life and pays with death; but God pays as He promises for all His payments are made in pure gold" (173). Jones does not just show this to the reader but ends each chapter with a section focusing on practical advice for how the reader can become more aware of and fight against that chapter's attribute of sin in their own life. I often found Jones used these sections to remind the reader of the hope of the cross as they had just been shown how big their enemy is. I also enjoyed Jones use of famous songs as his chapter titles, such as "Hello Darkness, My Old Friend" and "I Want to Break Free".

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to think more about sin and how it affects peoples lives.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their blogger review program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
  4. danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    convicting
    March 2, 2022
    danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    I think this book is incredibly valuable at this point in our culture. Our society has moved from acknowleding sin to claiming sin as righteousness. This makes us ripe for destruction. But I love that Jones addresses this issue head on, no sugar coating. He brings to light what we often fight to hide.

    The book is structured with eighteen chapters, each relating to a specific characteristic of sin. Such characteristics include: Origins, Privation, Sorrow, Secrecy, Envy, Manipulation, Degrees, Omissions, and more.

    Prior to reading this book I did not know much on the puritans and their uniqueness of belief. Jones does a wonderful job of introducing the puritan thought and background.

    I appreciate that throughout the entire book, Jones provides very practical steps in addressing sin in your own life and others' lives. He also provides ways to apply the information being discussed. This is extremely valuable as it's more than simply gaining knowledge but rather a conviction to apply that knowledge in a way that directs your heart and mind even more towards God.

    I would not hesitate to read through the book a second time as there is a plethora of wisdom and insights.

    I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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