Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review # 150 : Our Favorite Sins - The Sins We Commit & How We Can Quit by Todd D. Hunter

     Our Favorite Sins is the sinner's guide to beating temptation using practical bible-based tools. Anglican bishop and founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Todd D. Hunter, uses his 30+ years of experience to teach valuable skills for decreasing daily temptation, as well as for prioritizing whats really important in life.

     Let's face it, we are all guilty of something. We have all been tempted in some way or another, and many of us choose to break God's rules; knowing of the consequences, but still compelled to commit - like an addiction. How many times have we done something we regretted, hurt ourselves and the ones we love, and  casually forgotten - just to do it again? Are we inept at taking cues and learning lessons? Have we fallen so far that our faith and fear in God no longer stand as a deterrent? Or are these just excuses to keep our desires in charge?
     These are some of the thoughts I had while reading Our Favorite Sins: The Sins We Commit & How You Can Quit. We have all heard of the seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony, but how seriously do we take them? Todd D. Hunter takes readers through the modern world of temptations including: anxiety, procrastination, pornography, over-indulgence (food, electronics, alcohol, drugs, sex...), and adultery, to expose readers to the truth - we are all guilty of sin, but there are ways to beat it. I was skeptical at first, unsure of how to approach the book - everybody sins, but that doesn't mean we all want to face it. Who likes to be told that what they are doing is wrong? However, once I started reading, I was surprised to find that it is not a book that blames the sinners, but one that allows them to judge themselves and admit their own flaws, leading to realization and ultimate "recovery" from temptation and sin. The author's methods are clear, concise, and backed-up by the Book of God - The Bible. The 259 page guide is written as a discussion of sorts with around fifteen chapters and room for the reader's own contemplation. I equate it to a spiritual therapy session; a couple pages a day, as well as the completion of a few interactive exercises, and the reader, (in this case - me), begins to feel lighter, more in touch with God, and strong enough to say "NO" when it comes to temptation and the devil's influence. I like how the author set up each chapter, the prayers, and the methodology behind his approach. There were a lot of points made that I have never thought of, and I will definitely be referring to this book again in the future. Highly recommended for all readers interested in Christian-based spiritual growth and the ability to shut-out sin.

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

* I received this book from the author (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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