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Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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The author of 20-plus books, including The New Rules of Love, Sex, and Dating, Ask It, How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide, Enemies of the Heart, When Work & Family Collide, Visioneering, and Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley holds two degrees, an undergraduate in journalism from Georgia State University and a Masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, the impact of which is all too evident in his written work.
In the digital world, his success reaches well beyond local Atlanta-area walls. Two million of Stanley's messages, leadership videos, and podcasts are accessed from North Point's website monthly.
In 2012, Your Move with Andy Stanley premiered on NBC after Saturday Night Live, giving him an even wider audience with which to share his culturally relevant, practical insight for life and leadership. In less than two years, over 36 million episodes have been viewed, underscoring Stanley's impact not only as a communicator but also as a cultural change agent.
But nothing is so personal as his passion for engaging with live audiences, which Stanley has pursued for over a decade, speaking at leadership events around the world. In high demand, he speaks at various events before a yearly audience of both church and organizational leaders of nearly 200,000, including conferences such as Catalyst, Leadercast, Exchange, and the WCA Global Leadership Summit.
"I cannot fill their cups," he often says of the opportunity to impact leaders in business and in ministry, "but I have a responsibility to empty mine."
Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
Top Customer Reviews
In Part 1 he addresses the fact that sin comes from the heart as Jeremiah says and is incredibly deceptive. He talks about the damage that sin does, and how to identify it, and the importance of correcting it.
In Part 2 he addresses the dynamics of the debts that result from our sin. The four biggies are: Guilt - "I owe you"; Anger - "You owe me"; Greed - "I owe me"; and Jealousy - "God owes me." Andy handles each of these brilliantly and gives excellent examples that we can all relate to, so that we can confess them and start working in a positive direction to overcome them with the help of God the Holy Spirit.
In Part 3 he focuses in on how to confront each of these sins, with their righteous (happy) counterparts: from anger to forgiveness; from greed to generosity; and reasons to celebrate the joy that we have in receiving Christ's blessing and the Holy Spirit's power at work in our lives.
In Part 4 he helps us focus on what we are modeling and the legacy we are leaving behind (especially parents for their children) and how to deal with lust.
The book includes a helpful discussion guide, which is excellent for personal application, and small group discussion.Read more ›
Who's It For:
This book is definitely for Christians, as Stanley frequently quotes Scripture passages and explains what they mean to the Christian's heart. That said, the book's reach may be broad enough because it is clinical but comes across as "self-help from a biblical perspective."
What It's About:
Enemies of the Heart is about four destructive emotions that control us and what to do about them. The emotions are guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. If you're like me, I initially thought that only one or two of those applied. However, after reading this book I realized how incorrect my impressions were and how they could still apply to me - or anyone, for that matter - even if they weren't primary.
Stanley puts these emotions in a debt-to-debtor context, which really helped me understand and remember them more clearly. Guilt says "I owe you;" anger says "you owe me;" greed says "I owe me;" and jealousy says "God owes me." The premise is that whatever your situation, there is something that was (actually or perceived) taken and thus something owed (or believed to be owed). The solutions: confess, forgive, give, and celebrate, respectively.
I really enjoyed this book, both for personal and professional reasons. As a professional counselor, I found myself agreeing with Stanley's assessments of the four enemies of the heart as well as how they tend to evidence themselves in people's lives.Read more ›
Glancing at the bottom of the cover of my new book I noticed the words, "Previously released as It Came from Within." No lie. I was a bit disappointed as I was excited for a brand new book by Stanley, but I had been meaning to re-read this book anyway and this just gave me the motivation to do so.
The thing I love about listening and reading Andy Stanley is how he is able to take important, complex truths and communicate them in ways that leave you wondering why you never thought of that in the first place. The book is laid out like a sermon series (which it was), which makes it easy to break down into logical segments. The idea of the whole book really is structured around Proverbs 4:23 which says, "Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life."
Stanley focuses on four main "enemies" of the heart that are the sources of most problems we have in our life. The idea is that each one of these enemies creates a debt/debtor relationship.
Guilt- You owe someone else.
Anger- Someone owes you.
Greed- You owe yourself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really helped me to examine what some of my underlying issues were in my relationships! I recommend this book without hesitation.Published 19 days ago by Talia Carroll
Great Book!! I really like Andy Stanley, he breaks concepts down to apply to everyday living.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book and would recommend to anyone as everyone struggles in life. This books takes us to the root of our struggles.Published 1 month ago by Nicole A. Dillard
The emotions that run and can ruin our lives are very powerful to break away from. The breakdown of these emotions, along with questions in the back of the book was a great help. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dahyana Diaz