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It Came from Within!: The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart Hardcover – February 9, 2006

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I can't believe I said that!" These words formed the catalyst for Stanley's new book about the hurtful emotions that can reside in the Christian heart. As pastor of a large Atlanta-area congregation, Stanley has had many opportunities to see the results of what he calls "spiritual heart disease." He identifies four "life-blocking agents" that can damage our hearts permanently: guilt, anger, greed and jealousy. Stanley reviews each one, then offers a more detailed diagnosis using the Bible and his life experiences. The bottom line, he says, is "a debt-to-debtor dynamic that always causes an imbalance." Anger says, "You owe me"; greed says, "I owe me"; guilt says, "I owe you"; and jealousy says, "God owes me." Especially useful are Stanley's antidotes to these heart problems, transcending mere platitudes to hands-on, life-changing actions. Feel guilty? Confess. Angry? Forgive. Greedy? Give generously. Jealous? Celebrate others' success. Stanley's breezy, conversational tone is both humorous and pointed, and his knowledge of old horror movies (referenced in the title and the book's content) adds a unique touch. Additional chapters on how to teach these heart-healthy principles to children and a discussion of lust round out this hard-hitting, fun-loving book. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Andy Stanley serves as senior pastor of the campuses of North Point Ministries, including North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia; Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Georgia; and Browns Bridge Community Church in Cumming, Georgia. Each Sunday, over twenty thousand attend one of these NPM campuses. Andy is the bestselling author of Visioneering, The Next Generation Leader, The Best Question Ever, and How Good Is Good Enough? Andy and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and a daughter.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah; 1st edition (February 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590525108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590525104
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. N. Hixon on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"I'm sure you will agree that the 1986 sci-fi thriller ALIENS is one of the finest films ever released."

Andy Stanley had me hooked from the first line of the book's introduction.

Building off of the image of a creature growing inside of a human host and suddenly bursting out for the world to see, we find soon this is no xenomorph. Stanley is referring to beasts that daily wreak havoc in the lives of Christians, whether they see it or not, whether they'd like to admit it or not.

What follows this premise is an ardent dileniation of these creatures and sound Biblical strategies for battling them that are fun readings, yet provoke thought and serious intro-spection on the part of any reader.

If, however, you don't want to see the things that 'lurk in your heart', then perhaps you should avoid It Came from Within!, because anyone who journeys into this work will be hard-pressed to close the book free of the Lord's conviction and the effects of Mr.Stanley's insight.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2006
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Andy Stanley tackles the subject of the heart in his latest book, It Came From Within. This book is a very enjoyable and easy to follow read as Stanley reveals the four monsters that can kill our hearts and how to combat them.

The four evils inside of all of us are:

Guilt - "I owe me"

Anger - "You owe me"

Greed - "I owe me"

Jealousy - "God owe's me"

Andy spends the first third of the book addressing these monsters and then the really good stuff emerges in the ways to heal our hearts of these menaces. Andy doesn't go after the typical responses that many times serve as band-aids to the bigger issue. He helped poke around inside of me and I hope my life will be changed because of reading this.

Small Group Leaders! This would be great curriculum for your groups to read out loud together and talk about!

Stanely's ability to deal with matters honestly and with such pointedness make him one of my favorite authors and teachers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Khoo on September 6, 2006
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This is an enjoyable and easy read, but do read it reflectively. What Andy wrote has helped me reflect on my life and also identify areas that I need to work on even though I was not aware of them previously. He went to the heart of the matter, and not just the surface actions. He sorted through common reasons and rationale, and showed how it was flawed in light of what lurks beneath.

The 4 areas that Andy wrote about, what that means, and their remedies are:

Guilt - "I owe you" [Remedy: Confession]

Anger - "You owe me" [Remedy: Forgiveness]

Greed - "I owe me" [Remedy: Generosity]

Jealousy - "God owes me" [Remedy: Celebration]

Confession allows us to come out from hiding. Forgiveness allows others to come out from under cover. Generosity allows us to partner with God as He shows himself in tangible ways to the world around us. Celebration makes us a vehicle thorugh which God communicates pleasure... these four habits set us free to love as God intends for us to love. Anger, greed, guilt, and jealousy are the antithesis of love. [pg. 218]

But what about lust? Andy writes that lust is different in that lust is an appetite that needs to be managed. Andy writes that lust can be a good thing, and if not for lust, we would probably not have been born. He also states that before sin, there was lust. (pg. 212-3) I guess this would be a matter of definition as what lust is. In anycase, Andy writes that if we deal with the 4 monsters of guilt, anger, greed and jealousy, we would reduce the problem of sexual temptation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Poinsett on July 16, 2006
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Andy Stanley's book is full of clear direct teaching and it is easy reading. I appreciate his insights and his honesty. His admitting something he did years earlier in chapter 11 is worth the price of the book! I commend him for his earnestness in making things right. I have a little trouble agreeing with his final two chapters; I'm still sorting out that information, which is a good thing!I like books that make me think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on July 30, 2011
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I appreciate Andy Stanley. I love his preaching. I like his writing. I respect his ministry and leadership. From that vantage point, I was excited to read this book, and for the most part, it did not disappoint. The basic premise of "It Came From Within!" is that our actions and behaviors result from the health (or ill-health) of our hearts (spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically speaking). When we do and say things that shock and disappoint us, it can be traced back to dysfunctional parts of our hearts. Rather than treating the symptoms (our sinful behavior), Stanley suggests that the only way to get things right before God and other people is to do the hard work of fixing our hearts.

From that foundation, Stanley describes four fundamental heart flaws that have the potential to derail any of us: guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. And he offers four corresponding solutions to these heart flaws: confession, forgiveness, generosity, and celebration. And, frankly, these categories provide an extremely helpful framework that many of us could use to restore the broken places in our hearts. As always, Stanley describes the problems and offers the solutions through the use of funny stories and engaging anecdotes. His writing style is accessible to anyone, and he manages to provide various points of entry into some very weighty material, without losing his winsomeness.

My primary critique of the book is that I think Stanley is guilty of a common mistake among Christian authors. In offering an extremely helpful framework for understanding our problems and pursuing some potential solutions, I think he oversimplifies some things that are extremely complex. Can all of our frustrating and erratic behavior really be boiled down to only four heart problems?
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