Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MrsDrPoe: Our Favorite Sins

Welcome to the latest Reading Review!  Today I'll share with you another book I received free from the BookSneeze website, "Our Favorite Sins: The Sins We Commit and How You Can Quit" by Todd D. Hunter:

"Our Favorite Sins" is a book about what the book of James tells us gives birth to sin- temptation and (as Mr. Hunter puts it) our "disordered desires."  Several temporary ways to avoid sin are discussed, as is the lasting solution to our sin problem, which is changing our lives from the inside out.  The overall theme of the book is the fact that we shouldn't rid our lives of desire, but we should instead reorient our desires toward the things of God.

The book was a fairly easy read, thought provoking, and I would definitely recommend it.  I found it very interesting the types of sins that most Christians say they struggle with were things like anxiousness, procrastination, eating, media, and laziness.  

While the premise of changing the focus of our desire is not new, I liked the visualizations employed (our pursuing the path of sin is called a "downward staircase" instead of a "slippery slope"), the importance of time spent in prayer and silence, and the emphasis placed on the fact that our duty to mold our lives to that of our Savior isn't earning us anything.

I do, however, wish that more of the prayers in the book would have come from the Psalms or other scripture instead of works of men.  Also, some of the views indirectly expressed by the author do not appear to follow the ideas New Testament.


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