Book Review: Enemies of the Heart

I always enjoy Andy Stanley’s books, so I wasn’t surprised to find that this one was good too.  If you have read other things by him and don’t connect with his communication and writing styles, then you’ll probably be disappointed here as well.  However, if you have enjoyed other books and teachings by him in the past, it’s likely you’ll enjoy this one too.  If you’ve never read any of Stanley’s works, then I recommend that you try this one out.

Guilt.  Anger.  Greed.  Jealousy.  These are the four emotions that are covered in this book.  While I was skeptical at first glance to think I would take away much from this book, as I got further into it, I found myself nodding my head and interrogating my heart.  He approaches these topics from a “debt” perspective helped simplify each emotion and how that “debt” expresses itself in our lives.  And with each emotion, there is a “debtor” to whom the “debt” is attached.

Andy Stanley addresses not only the debts and debtors in our lives, but gives a specific antidote to dealing with each of these controlling emotions so that we can live more fully and freely.  While we may not have a problem with any one particular emotion this book covers, it is good information to store up, for, being human, we are prone to fall short and be tempted in a specific area if not all areas.  I do think, however, most any reader will find at least one area in their life that could use the illumination this book provides.

At the end of the book, he takes a little time to address lust and how it differs from the other emotions he covers.  While the four emotions of guilt, anger, greed and jealousy are to be eliminated from our lives in order to be healthy and whole, lust is with us and to eliminate it would not be advisable.  Instead, he calls it an appetite that needs to be controlled, and if we are successful in managing our lust properly, lust is a benefit and a gift.

The end of the book contains a study guide with questions to be used in an individual or group setting.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

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