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About the Author

PRECEPT MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, founded in 1970 by Jack and Kay Arthur, has trained millions of people to discover God’s truth for themselves. The Precepts for Life radio and television programs, hosted by Kay Arthur, reach a worldwide viewing audience of over 94 million. In addition to inductive study training workshops and thousands of small-group studies across America, PMI reaches nearly 150 countries with inductive Bible studies translated into nearly 70 languages.

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If you are a Christian, you have already made the most important decision of your life: you have surrendered your life to Christ! But you’ve probably discovered by now that the Christian life is not problem-free. Yes, you have the Holy Spirit living in you to provide guidance and strength, but you still struggle to live the way you know you should. This is
because you are battling two enemies: Satan and yourself. Your nature was changed when you came to know Christ and He made His Spirit to dwell in you (1 John 4:13). But the Spirit dwells in a body of flesh, which is why you still find yourself struggling to do the right thing.

All of us commit individual acts of sin. But you may have noticed that certain sins seem to be more of a problem for you personally. Sometimes we wrestle with certain sin patterns or habitual sins—behaviors we fall into when we try to get our needs met apart fromGod.The source of that struggle is called the flesh or the old man. And if we live in the flesh rather than by the Spirit, these habitual sins will distract us from our pursuit of righteousness. They can literally kill our spiritual growth and keep us from maturing in our journey with Christ.

The early church identified a number of “capital sins”—the sins from which they believed most other sin originates. The church fathers named seven sins that are so corrupting, so evil and dangerous that for the last seventeen hundred years, they have been commonly called the seven deadly sins. And they are deadly—deadly to your spiritual growth. That is why we call them Fatal Distractions.

In this study we’ll be identifying and discussing six of these seven deadly sins, sins that can distract you from nurturing your relationship with God and, left unchecked, can even be fatal to your spiritual journey: pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness, and greed. (We’ve decided to omit the seventh sin of lust, because we already have multiple Bible studies on the problem of sexual sin, including The Truth About Sex and the 40-Minute study What Does the Bible Say About Sex?)

As you learn more about these fatal distractions in the weeks ahead, we encourage you to ask God to help you identify, through His Holy Spirit, any subtle ways one or more of these sins has taken hold in your life and to help you conquer these destructive temptations, so that you can walk in victory with Him.

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Product Details

  • Series: 40-Minute Bible Studies
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307729818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307729811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kay Arthur is one of America's best-known and most-beloved Bible teachers and authors. With her husband, Jack, she is the co-founder of Precept Ministries International, the leaders in inductive Bible-study resources. Kay also reaches hundreds of thousands of people internationally through her "Precept upon Precept" inductive Bible studies. In addition, her daily and weekly television programs air on over 900 stations in 30 countries.

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A group leader is suggested to read the questions and lead the discussion.
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My issue with the book is just something to keep in mind as opposed to an actual problem with the book.
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Used this for a women's small group bible study, worked great, no homework!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By homesick742 on July 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am always on the lookout for a good book to use for my own personal devotions. I like something that dives a little deeper where I have to dig around and read scripture as well as answer questions. Then I saw Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations by Kay Arthur, and David & BJ Lawson. I thought the title was interesting enough! This is part of the 40 minute Bible studies series and is supposed to be for 6 weeks. In a group you would do one chapter a week. I did this on my own and finished it much quicker than that because I do them daily.

So, how did I like it? I actually really enjoyed this study. This book looks at six of the "deadly" sins that threaten spiritual progress: pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness, and greed. And as most people know, Christians aren't exempt from any or all of these troubles so I believe this book would be great for anyone!

I love how the author has you dig into scripture to find answers and then asks questions on how to apply this to yourself. This does say it is a "no homework" Bible study. I am thinking if you are in a group setting you would work on the questions together and maybe that's where they get no homework, but it usually does take extra time and effor to conquer destructive temptations above and beyond this book but it is a good start to really get you thinking about these things.

I was given this book for free by the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ToriPeterson on August 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
::About the book::
We can find ourselves so deep in sin that it's often hard to pull ourselves out. Whether we don't realize how deep we are in sin, or whether we just feel like we can't pull ourselves out sin can be detrimental to our spiritual growth.
This study guide will take you on a journey through six of the deadly sins: Pride, Anger, Jealousy, Gluttony, Slothfulness and Greed. You can identify these sins in your own life and find ways to conquer them so you can grow spiritually and connect more with Christ.
This 40 minute study guide is perfect for those that don't have time to meet for long periods of time, or do not have much daily time to devote to actual study.

::My thoughts::
What really drew me to this book is the title: Fatal Distractions Conquering Destructive Temptations. Secondly I noticed the candy apple which of course was the forbidden fruit.
It is easy to get distracted from our faith, especially in today's world. There are so many temptations to lead us astray from God and while it's hard to keep rooted it is ultimately up to us to ground ourselves. That isn't to say we aren't going to slip now and again, we are only human and God knows we will make mistakes time and again. We just have to do our best.
This is a group bible study book, but I read it on my own. It is very easy to follow and gets straight to the point of things. I love how this book not only speaks plainly but cuts right to the chase. There is no homework with this bible study but there are wonderful reflections and discussion topics enclosed within. This book has sections for the group leader and the group members. It's a very simple, wonderful book to follow and if your a church group leader you will probably really benefit from this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edie Carter on August 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
We live in a world just thriving with distractions. We are distracted while driving by our phones, music, kids in the backseat, billboards along the road, and more. We are distracted from our work by Facebook, co-workers, personal issues, and more. We are distracted at church, at home, everywhere we go. I even get distracted trying to watch a 30 minute television show! It's hard not to reach for my phone to check a message or pick up a magazine. I'm not sure that I ever fully give my attention to anything and that's not how it should be.

God created us to focus on Him. We should be going about our daily lives with the purpose of serving Him. How easy is it to forget Him in the midst of all our busy activity? Pretty easy unfortunately. I've heard of Kay Arthur for years but unfortunately I've never had the opportunity to do one of her Bible studies. Until now. This is the kind of Bible study I'd love to do in a group. It's simple, short, but packed with good information.

Arthur along with David & BJ Lawson cover what they consider the 6 biggest distractions: pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness, and greed. Boy do those cover a lot of ground. We all fall victim to them at some time or another. I tend to fall in the trap of thinking I "deserve" a reward so I can eat that extra slab of cake or sleep in again or waste the day away staring at the TV. Alone those things are not inherently evil but they can distract us so quickly from our goal of serving the Lord. We must be diligent and we must be focused. Pick up Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations. It is a great tool to help us measure where we are and what areas we really need to focus attention on.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
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