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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554444
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The most deceptive part of sin is its ability to blind us to its reality in our lives. Todd Hunter offers sane and helpful guidance about the way out.” —John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; author of The Me I Want to Be

“It is so easy to miss our potential in life due to getting caught up in our weaknesses and temptations. Todd helps us understand not only how to recognize the subtle sins that can distract us, but how to be like Jesus when facing them.” ?Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus But Not the Church

“Todd Hunter draws on ancient practices in order to provide insight and strategy to face temptations in our lives. This book will help you think about how you can not just ask God to deliver you from temptation but be intentional about finding a way of escape.” —Margaret Feinberg, www.margaretfeinberg.com, author of Scouting the Divine and The Sacred

About the Author

Todd Hunter is a bishop for The Anglican Mission in the Americas and the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. He is an adjunct professor at several seminaries and the author of Christianity Beyond Belief, Giving Church a Second Chance, The Outsider Interviews, and The Accidental Anglican. Todd is the founder of Three Is Enough, a small-group movement that makes spiritual formation doable.

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Robbie Melton
I think the book is great advice for getting a kick start to work yourself away from things that have become serious problems, like eating too much, or being lazy.
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I really enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
According to new research, the majority of Americans, and between a third and half of Christians, do nothing when faced with temptation. No spiritual discipline, no accountability measures, just wing it. And that "wing it" often consists of ad hoc solutions, like distracting oneself, which don't solve the underlying problem, or else giving in and feeding the beast. No wonder we've become a fat, procrastinating, media-addicted nation on a historic scale.

Todd Hunter, Anglican priest and recovering vice addict, believes we could do better. But he sees it as no coincidence that our vices have run rampant as pop psychology and cultural messages have devalued the concept of sin. Until we recognize where temptation comes from, and how it transforms from a fleeting thought into a sin, can we redress the problem. And it is a problem, no matter what talk show psychologists say. Sin arises from a deeply disordered spirit.

Hunter examines the misplaced priorities and riotous desires that foster temptation. Not all wants are temptations, he says; only when desire matches offer does temptation arise. In other words, I'm not tempted by Las Vegas indulgences or plush circumstances, as some people are, but I am tempted to stay in bed an extra hour, do today's work tomorrow, and plug the holes in my soul with food. And you have your own set of temptations.

Once we know how we reached this position, Hunter examines how we can emerge to a life of freedom and productivity. He contrasts "modern and futile" solutions, which in his telling are mere rationalizations, to the "ancient and fruitful" traditions which have stood the test of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cari on November 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Our Favorite Sins, by pastor Todd Hunter, is a book about overcoming temptations and gaining victory over sin. The book cover claims this book to be"the essential guide for beating temptation."

A recent study by the Barna Group revealed that the top five temptations are anxiety, procrastination, gluttony, media addiction, and laziness. Hunter explains how temptations and desires work to produce sin within us and claims we sin is based in our disordered desires This book describes what "our favorite sins" are but doesn't offer much practical advice to combat them. Instead the auhor recommends we can steer clear of temptation by reordering our thoughts, feelings, and desires and by wanting and becoming passionatly focused on God.

This was a boring read and ultimately not something I would recommend. I was hoping for some useful advice or new insights about sin, but unfortunately this book did not deliver. As a book reviewer, I felt obligated to finish this book for my review, otherwise I would not have continued reading.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Our Favorite Sins is an intriguing and helpful book on the biggest sins we struggle with in life and how to overcome them. Author Todd Hunter does a good job in explaining the deceptive part of sin in its ability to blind us to its reality in our lives. Todd draws on practices to provide insight and strategy to face temptations in our lives.

The fourteen chapters in the book provide good insight into the nature of popular sins today, how they affect us, and how we are to respond to them. Hunter provides good theology as well as interesting personal stories that help us resonate with the themes of the book.

This is a solid book on Christian living and dealing with the sin problem. I wouldn't say it's one of the best books out there on holiness and/or beating sin, because it seems more like a self-help book rather than a theologically centered one, but it does a respectable job nonetheless. There's even a great section toward the back of the book, the Appendix, from Barna Research regarding the pattern of sin (procrastination, eating too much, worry) taken among Protestant, Catholic, Boomers, Mosaics, and all the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geni J. White on February 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Don't let the title turn you off because this book is full of comfort and encouragement for beginning or older followers of Jesus Christ. Basing his writing on results of a Barna survey Todd Hunter discusses common sins faced by Christians (and non-believers, too.) He especially deals with anxiety, procrastination, over-eating, media addictions and laziness.

He shows that our innermost desires lead us into temptation if they are not given to God for control. The long-term result of giving in to temptation is disaster.

Hunter, an Anglican bishop, gives us beautiful, powerful prayers from ancient liturgies as one remedy for dealing with our disordered desires. He also discusses baptism, communion (he calls it Eucharist), Bible study, prayer and Christian fellowship. He suggests these disciplines as a means toward eventual victory over desires that mess up our lives in ways we really don't want.

Clearly written and applicable, Our Favorite Sins could become your favorite book. The volume makes a helpful gift, too.
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