Friday, August 5, 2011

Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

If you had a heart condition, you'd know it, right? Wrong!  There are many people who have heart conditions they're not even aware of.  We are all susceptible to heart conditions, especially those that come from a heart that harbors guilt, greed, anger, and jealousy.  While Andy Stanley's approach to these heart conditions comes from these four main emotions, it may seem pretty simplified, but then again maybe we just tend to over complicate things. Throughout his book, Andy, takes us through these "heart conditions" where we can see these conditions in our own lives/hearts, as well as seeing them in someone else's life. At some point in our lives, I believe we all suffer with these heart conditions...the real question becomes how are we going to deal with them?  How are we going to rid ourselves of them?  Andy takes us through each "condition", showing us the symptoms, as well as the cure. God can begin His work in us, once we identify the "condition" that needs curing and that is often the hardest part of the process - digging deep and admitting the cause.  One of the most memorable statements made, is found as he concludes his book: “Like a doctor whose skilled hands poke and probe until they find a sensitive spot, so God’s truth has a way of finding its mark. But none of that can happen until you give God access to those sensitive, otherwise off-limits areas of your life. If you do, what may begin as a threatening and uncomfortable revelation may result in a freedom you never knew existed.”  I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone - in fact, I will most likely bring it up as consideration for a Connect Hour class (Sunday School) for the fall.  The book also contains a study guide, so it would be perfect to use in a small group setting.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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