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In "Seven: The Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes," author and philosophy professor Jeff Cook takes a close look at these two seemingly paradoxical lists. Comparing the seven deadly sins and the beatitudes we see two offers--one that leads to life, and the other to death. Sin may make a strong case, but only following Jesus and His teaching will bring true happiness and fulfillment.
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Publication Date: 2008
Our world is charged with both the grandeur of God and the void of his absence. The seven deadly sins are the force causing that hole. They are at work in each of us. They decimate our relationships, our souls and our world. These deadly sins often seem pleasing and good for gaining what we desire, but they are thoroughly poisonous. Conversely, the Beatitudes are Jesus' pictures of a restored creation. The Beatitudes introduced what Jesus said to his earliest followers about a life strong and fruitful. In fact, the Beatitudes give us a glimpse of a world empty of evil and filled to the edges with God's life. Looking at the Beatitudes and the seven deadly sins in turn, we see two paths, two sets of invitations. Both call to deep places within us to come and taste. Both invite us to take up residence. Both present themselves as life as it actually is. But only one will draw us further into reality.And only one will make us happy. Of the many, many books about the Gospels, or about Jesus, or about Christian morality, only one in a thousand gives us a real breakthrough, a new big picture. Most are just nice little candles on the cake. Seven is a bonfire. Its not just good; its striking. It doesnt just say all the things youve heard a thousand times before. And yet its totally in sync with both the saints and the scholars.--Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, and author of over forty-five books, including Fundamentals of the Faith.
The seven deadly sins and the New Testaments seven beatitudes spoken by Jesus play against each other in this philosophy professors first book. Although both the beatitudes and the seven deadly sins are well-mined territory, the contribution of this book is the curious way they serve as foils for one another. They are two realities, each vying for our affection. Cook offers unique pairings throughoutenvy and the mourner, gluttony and the persecuted, for exampleas well as discussion that goes far beyond platitude and easy explanation. Greed isnt about money, Cook says, but about accumulation; mercy, conversely, is breathing out. Lust is a substitute for real life, while purity is about freedom. Readers will find new ways to think about sin and its summons into a dead life, as well as the beatitudes and their invitation to life. Cook overwrites occasionally, making readers decipher his meaning, but overall he creates a unique comparison between living a life of hell and living a life of heaven. Study questions are provided. (Sept.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Ken46Tulsa, OKAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Amplify the BeattitudesOctober 11, 2013Ken46Tulsa, OKAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
Jonathan Ewert5 Stars Out Of 5June 21, 2009Jonathan EwertWow 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
Kim Stauffer5 Stars Out Of 5January 26, 2009Kim StaufferExcellent! A must read for any Christian wanting re-define your image of sin & how it effects your character & witness!
Kelly5 Stars Out Of 5December 10, 2008Kelly"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."
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