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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210853
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Real, Lasting Victory Over Temptation

There's no use pretending: Everybody struggles with temptations. Sometimes those struggles can wear us down and we don't know where to turn. But as authors Dr. Arnie Cole and Michael Ross write, "Each struggle presents us with an opportunity for growth and intimacy with God--not condemnation."

Using real-life stories and information gathered from over 100,000 surveys, Tempted, Tested, True gives you a step-by-step process for resisting harmful choices through the power of God's Word. This book will show you how to live in the freedom God wants for you.

"After eight years of research involving 100,000 Christians of all ages, authors Arnie Cole and Michael Ross offer powerful insights on the subject of temptation....a great resource for group study and discussion, and the 'nudges' provide a guide for lively group participation." --CBA Retailers+Resources

About the Author

Arnie Cole (EdD, Pepperdine) is the CEO of Back to the Bible and director of research and development for the Center for Bible Engagement. He and his wife, Char, live near Lincoln, Nebraska. Learn more at www.backtothebible.org.

Michael Ross is an award-winning journalist. He writes, edits, and manages Back to the Bible's book publishing efforts and is a former editor of Breakaway magazine. He has authored or collaborated on more than 30 books, including What Your Son Isn't Telling You. The Ross family lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Customer Reviews

The book is interesting, easy to read, and has some valuable and sage advice.
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I really enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend to anyone trying to figure out how to make better choices in their lives.
A. Thomas
It has a "Nudge" at the end of each chapter, which is a study guide and is wonderful for both personal and group study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SVBugman on May 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Cole and Ross co-authored this book along with various other writers who made personal contributions to some of the chapters in this book. Everyone of us faces temptations in our lives. The bible is clear in this regard. The book of James in verses 1:13-15 describes how there are essentially four stages to the temptations that each one of us face. These four stages are (1) enticement; (2) conception; (3) birth; and (4) death. It is knowing how to deal successfully with these temptations and overcome them that makes all the difference in our lives.

The book is divided into ten chapters that address some of the common temptations that all men and women encounter. As was noted in the book, men and women tend to encounter different temptations. Yet there are also some temptations that are common to both men and women. The temptations that most men face are lust, anger, materialism, and worry. The temptations that most women face are worry, anger, diet and food, and gossip. Practical steps are given on how to successfully overcome the temptations according to biblical principles. Several of the chapters were written by the additional contributors to relate how they were successful in winning victories in their lives.

Being a long time born again believer there was nothing in the book that I had not previously learned through my study of the bible and other similar books on the subject. Nevertheless I would recommend that the younger folks who struggle with these issues should read the book and keep it handy to assist them when they encounter temptations of all kinds. Finally, I need to mention that I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishing Company in exchange for my unbiased review of the book.
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Format: Paperback
If you're human you are proof that life is full of temptation. Arnie Cole and Michael Ross cover the temptations that may not seem obvious to us though, and other temptations that many deal with. The book veers off path a bit from sometimes explaining how to overcome temptation to more getting onto theological explanations instead, and repeating the same thing at the end of every chapter. While it has some lovely points, it gets weighed down by a lot of advertisement for websites and other books the author have written, plus some theological guidance that doesn't suit the theme.

Summary: You've probably dealt with some temptations that seem like a commonality among people, like sexual, or overindulging, but some others that people commonly partake in like arrogance, laziness, and gossiping get overlooked. This book brings to light the sins that maybe we are very aware we commit, and the others we may not think on, and gives us people who contribute to each chapter to discuss their struggles. At the end of each chapter after discussing their battle they then give steps regarding being tempted, tested, and staying true.

Characters: I like how the authors try to involve others to make the book seem more real to those reading, and wanting to feel they can relate to the temptation in the stories. The thing is it leaves the book feeling very disjointed though. The authors contribute to the beginning of the book, but then the book lets a round of other people get involved. I thought their stories were interesting, and I'm sure it will resonate with people, but the ending where they go through the step process just felt like a repeat.
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First of all, let me say a few superficial things about this book. I love the catchy title of this book! It most definitely inspired my review title ;) I would also like to point out how the cover feels. It is not your typical cover. The material is slick and has a velvety quality. The apple and the word "tested" are raised; I couldn't keep my hands from rubbing all over the cover when I received this in the mail!! It took a week for me to even begin reading the book. Not because of anything other than getting distracted by the cover! :)

Onto the subject of the content of the book, excellent! The fill-in-the-blank method of engaging the reader works very well in this instance. Sometimes with this method, I feel that the author or authors are being quite lazy; they seem to be only mindlessly filling space. In "Tempted, Tested, True," Cole and Ross provide these exercises for a purpose. Most of the fill-in-the-blanks are in the "nudges" parts. These nudges are questions you answer to identify where your temptations lie. There are others parts that contain this question and answer format and they are no less important or strong. They really enhance the reader's interaction and understanding of the lessons being taught.

One thing I would recommend about this book is that it is not to be crammed into one night of reading, maybe not even a week. It takes time to process the advice and sermons being given and is not to be rushed through. This book needs a thorough study that takes longer than a few hours. However, if you are discouraged by that, don't fear! Just use this book like a supplement to your daily or weekly Bible studies and readings and it will not be overwhelming at all!

This is a great supplement to any personal library!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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