Passions of the Heart: Biblical Counsel for Stubborn Sexual Sins
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Title: Passions of the Heart: Biblical Counsel for Stubborn Sexual Sins
By: John D. Street
Format: Paperback
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629954020
ISBN-13: 9781629954028

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Honest self-assessment is hard. Even Christians trust their hearts more than they should. And when the heart is filled with unexpressed rage (“I will have my own way”), unrestrained sensuality (“I will indulge myself regardless of the sin involved”), or unabated pride (“I deserve whatever my heart desires”), sexual fantasy all too easily leads to acts that were previously unimaginable. Biblical counselor John Street takes a hard look at the passions of the heart: the underlying idolatries that lead Christians to commit egregious sexual sins. And he shows that there is hope. These passions can be identified and resisted—and they can be forgiven, even if acted on. Jesus not only forgives the repentant sinner but also restores, giving men and women abundant grace and strength to say no to the fleshly desires and humbly live for him. A life enslaved in sexual sin can become a life lived to the honor and glory of God.

Author Bio

John D. Street (MDiv, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is chair of the biblical counseling graduate program at The Masters University and Seminary.

Editorial Reviews

Over the many years I have been counseling, I have noted that sexual sins are the most difficult to overcome. I am thankful for this work, Passions of the Heart, written by Dr. Street. This work is not necessarily a “how to” even though there are many biblical helps; but it is a “how come?” John Street gets to the real issue of why people are enslaved to sexual sin—the heart. He does an outstanding work on the depravity of man’s heart which produces anger, self-pity, discontent and fear. This often is what leads to sexual sin (and other sin as well.) I was moved to think about my own heart and the need to make sure I have rooted out all idolatry. I pray this work helps many a counselor with helping those enslaved to sexual passions; and I pray it helps many men and women overcome sexual sin!
When addressing sexual sin, John Street goes beyond "stop it" to address the sometimes hidden or surprising inward motivations which lead to unrighteous expressions of passion.He combines extensive and careful use of scriptural teaching and examples with a wide range of specific contemporary cases which reflect the experience of a seasoned counselor. He also offers practical wisdom for counselors who are trying to help counselees who are stuck in slavery to sexual sin. This will become an important resource which will help many to be set free to honor Christ with their sexuality.
This is an incredibly important book for Biblical Counseling. The mantra of Biblical Counseling is to watch after ones heart and Dr. John Street has done a wonderful job on the theology of the heart. This book so much reminded me of David's prayer in Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way." David wanted an X-ray done on his heart so that he would be a genuine man of God. This book is a fantastic tool to make that happen. As I was reading the book I had to continue to remind myself that John was speaking to the issue of sexual misconduct-sin. Yet the unfolding of the truth about the heart is for any malady of the soul. This book can instruct the reader to develop good devotional habits and Bible reading habits to overcome the temptations of sin in all areas of life. There are so many jewels for understanding the heart that reading this book will be like searching for gold. The search will render the reader richer for sure. This book is for singles and married struggling with lust. This book is for fathers and mothers desiring to help their children in communicating biblically about sex to their children. This book is for the counselor wishing to be biblical in their approach to the heart of a sinner.
We’ve come to trust the biblically wise advice from Dr. Street and in this volume he applies his confidence in the Scriptures from years of experience counseling those entangled in sexual sin. There is hope and Street makes clear and practical the path to biblical freedom from the haunting and stern grip of sexual sin.
Don’t trust your heart; trust the truth of the Maker of your heart.’ John Street capably demonstrates that he has been diligently studying the truth of the Maker of our hearts for decades. So as he leads us through the Passions of the Heart, we can have confidence that what we read will lead us to lasting hope and joy. John speaks with great wisdom and unpacks Scripture in a beautifully relevant way. I commend this excellent book to all those who struggle with stubborn sexual sins
John Street has written a carefully researched and helpful book for both men and women who struggle with sexual sin. Passions of the Heart will be a helpful tool for biblical counselors dedicated to helping counselees recognize their heart motivations. Diagrams drive the truth home.
Why do I do what I do, and how can I stop it?’ is a common question when it comes to sexual sin. The answer eludes us, and as a result we may be angry, confused, or hopeless. With solid exposition and practical applications, John Street provides a clear biblical answer, eliminating the confusion and giving us hope. If you want to conquer sexual sin and help others conquer it, then this book is for you.
Dr. Street has written a solid, pastoral, helpful word. He is clear, Christ-centered, and completely biblical. You will be helped by reading and working through this volume. While Street centers on sexual issues, the truths expounded, explained, and applied can help anyone with any enslavement to any sin. Get the book; wrestle through it; give it away! May the King use it to make Jesus Christ the passion of our hearts.
Passions of the Heart by Dr. John Street is a masterpiece! I am not aware of a more thorough treatment of the Bible’s teaching about the heart, the wellspring of life. This examination of the heart is accompanied by an insightful description of the way that sexual sin and temptation work. Street masterfully draws out the connections between the passions of the heart and all manner of struggles with sexuality. This book is an invaluable resource both for people who are carried away by sexual passions and for the counselors who endeavor to help them.

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