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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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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Used this for a women's small group bible study, worked great, no homework!
Lori Clay
My issue with the book is just something to keep in mind as opposed to an actual problem with the book.
B. Dempsey
I love that because the God's Word is our best weapon in the fight against temptation.
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3 of 3 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 Elise C. on August 18, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this lesson to anyone who is interested in recognizing fatal distractions that we have in our lives and to understand what the Bible has to say about them. This 6-week, 40 minute Bible study tackles six of the deadly sins: pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness, and greed. The layouts of these lessons are easy to study and are great to use with a small or large group study. My husband and I do this study together and it takes us about 45 minutes, so it is very close to the advertised 40 minutes.

Each study starts with a small opening introduction and then proceeds into the lesson. The lessons go back and forth between observing scriptures and then discussing some questions that are listed. You are encouraged to circle or box certain words in the verses to easier recognized the topics in the verses. There is a nice mix of questions and the lesson provides space to write notes and answers. Some questions were easy to answer and were clearly in the verses. Some other questions took quite a bit of thinking, but were rarely impossible to answer (we have come across one question we couldn't answer). The lessons then conclude with a "Wrap It Up" section that summaries what was discussed and concluded during the lesson.

I really liked that the study includes the Bible verses that are studied along the edge of the pages so that you don't need to flip between the lesson book and the Bible. Unfortunately, that means that you have to read the translation that is included in the book, which is the New American Standard Bible. Overall, this is a great study and I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila from Nederland on August 31, 2012
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I used Fatal Distractions in a group setting on Sunday mornings, and the feedback I got from group members proved it to be a life changing book. As facilitator, I gained much insight from my personal work and study in the book, coupled with responses and input from group members. The book is based solely on scripture, validating the truths of the Bible, not just the author. I learned there are many facets of each sin (or fatal distraction), and that I found myself in each of them. The fact that there was no homework in this study was attractive to many in the group. In addition, Kay Arthur's inductive study method helps readers gain a deeper understanding of scripture. I would highly recommend this book to any age or gender, for either personal or group study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Leonhardt on August 16, 2012
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I have read Kay Arthur for years. I do not always agree with every nuance of her theology, but she has ignited many people with a love for studying the word of God.

This is not a regular book. It is a study guide. The is written for a study group in mind. As a

six week course packed full of discussion questions, it will start any group talking. I read it

as an individual and still gained a lot.

Each week focuses on a sin that most people deal with almost everyday.

**Week One: Pride**

When we think of ourselves more highly than we should. How many times have I cut others down?

**Week Two: Anger**

How many times have I blown up in a situation and hurt others and God.

**Week Three: Jealousy**

Why did they get that promotion? How did they buy that new car or house?

**Week Four: Gluttony**

Man, I love those Krispy Kreams

**Week Five: Slothfulness**

Just one more hour of sleep.

**Week Six: Greed**

What I could do with 1 Million dollars?

This book really makes you think. It is very convicting. Who of us have not fought one or more of

these sins.

Each chapter has multiple quotes from scripture that illustrates or speaks about the sin you are

studying about that week. It also shows you what do do to overcome those sins.

Some of these chapters really stepped on my toes.

It is a very short read, but keeps you moving forward.

I recommend this book!

*This book was given free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
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