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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: christianaudio; Unabridged edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610451449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610451444
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Enemies of the Heart Andy Stanley touches the right nerve at the right time. We all have an understandable tendency to focus on the problems others need to address in their lives. But Andy encourages us to put ourselves on the hook and not let go until weve made any necessary changes. This book shined a spotlight on some of those areas I need to work on, and I know it will do the same for you. Shaunti Feldhahn, best-selling author of For Women Only; Andy Stanley is a master teacher for a generation that loves to be taught. Here is yet more proof of Andys ability to take us deep in a way that makes us want to go there. This is a great book. Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host: Read this book with caution! You will probably uncover some mean and ugly stuff in the depths of your own heart. I sure did. The good news is that Andy Stanley doesnt leave you there to struggle; instead, he offers wise, biblical remedies that every Christian should make part of their own spiritual habits. This is great stuff that I enjoyed teaching at our church.;Doug Fields, former associate pastor, Saddleback Church --Doug Fields, former associate pastor, Saddleback Church

About the Author

Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one campus to five in the Atlanta area and has helped plant more than thirty strategic partner churches globally. Each Sunday, more than twenty-five thousand people attend worship services at one of North Point Ministries five campuses. Andys books include Communicating for a Change,  The Next Generation Leader, Visioneering, and How Good is Good Enough? Andy lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife, Sandra, and their children.

Customer Reviews

I very much appreciated Andy Stanley's writing style--direct, but humorous.
He talks about some very personal things and gets you thinking about your heart and how it is working with God.
It took me a long time to read this book...not because I couldn't get into it.
S. E. Ussery

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 21, 2011
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I think Andy Stanley has hit it out of the park with this book. He is so good at bringing God's truth from the Scriptures to bear on the big issues of the day. I think that along with Pete Scazzero's books Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and the Emotionally Healthy Church - that this book is must reading for pastors, leaders, and anyone who is a part of the body of Christ. Most Bible teachers, often neglect the soulish matters of the heart, - but Stanley calls a spade a spade and writes a convicting, challenging, and much needed corrective for us to address our blind spots.

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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Aaron K. Potratz on June 23, 2011
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I was fortunate to receive this book prior to its release in exchange for reviewing it for WaterBrook Multnomah. It just released on Tuesday, and let me simply introduce it by saying that it's a book I recommend with confidence.

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.

Some Highlights:
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Micah Hasty on June 22, 2011
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Enemies Of The Heart by Andy Stanley is a reissue of the book It Came From Within. Stanley has repackaged the book with the edition of some new illustrations and a small group study guide in the back. I have a feeling this was packaged to more of a small group audience.

I read It Came From Within a long time ago. Reading Enemies Of The Heart almost feels like I'm reading a completely different book. The illustrations have more to do with "the heart" (thank goodness for North Point simple models) and are geared more toward specific topics. Overall the book is better constructed and streamlined.

This is one of the best books I've ever read on authenticity.
That's what it calls us to. The premise is that what we say, do, think, feel - begins in our hearts. That our heart is deceitful above all else. This book challenges the reader to do a heart check and really make sure our lives line up with our hearts.

Great book. Read it for sure!
I received this book from Waterbrook Press for free in exchange for a book review.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on April 13, 2013
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Disclaimer (and thanksgiving!): I received the audio for free from ChristianAudio.com. This review is a re-posting of my review there (after all, I always go to Amazon, not ChristianAudio for reviews :) ).

The book has some wise and (largely) biblically-grounded advice about dealing with guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. Don't let the rest of my review detract from the sincerity with which I make that statement.

However, the book and its approach is ultimately man-centered. Other reviewers both here and at ChristianAudio have mentioned that the book is missing the role that the gospel and the Holy Spirit play in fighting sin--and this is a significant oversight on Andy Stanley's part (Rom 8:13). Yet its presentation of sin, God's response to sin, and our response to sin is missing far more -- it's missing a biblical understanding of God's holiness.

In dealing with *sin* (not just our foolishness but our wickedness), the book comes across as merely a Christianized self-help book -- that is, it seems that its ultimate aim is to help us help ourselves to deal with our "heart problems" so that we can have better relationships with other people, avoid the embarrassment that sin brings, and generally feel better about ourselves.

Sin is, however, first and most importantly *against God* and something which we need to repent of. The most significant impact it has on our happiness is its damage to our relationship with God, not the strain that it puts on our relationships with others. Yes, we do need to "break free from the four emotions that control us" but we *first* need to understand that this sin is ultimately against God and that true freedom is not found in the mere absence of guilt/anger/greed/jealousy but in reconciliation with and fellowship with God.
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More About the Author

Communicator, author, and pastor, ANDY STANLEY founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving over 60,000 people weekly. A survey of U.S. pastors in Outreach Magazine identified Andy Stanley as one of the top 10 most influential living pastors in America.

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.

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