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"By focusing on Biblical truths and examples, Kruger opens our eyes to the scope and depth of covetousness in our lives, while also drawing us into the path of holiness and a life honoring and glorifying God." ~ Diana Lynn Severance (A historian with broad experience teaching in universities and seminaries, Spring, Texas)

... the author loves Christ, shares her struggles honestly and writes with a sincere desire to encourage her sisters n Christ. ~ New Horizons Magazine

I commend this fine, new book...with a prayer that we all read and follow her Biblical counsel to fully understand the condition we are in and flee quickly to the One who truly satisfies our deepest longings and our true desires. ~ Michael A. Milton (President and Senior Fellow at D. James Kennedy Institute for Christianity and Culture.)

"With empathy and grounded biblical insight, Melissa Kruger shows us the path to abiding joy amidst life's varied 'ups' and 'downs'." ~ Lydia Brownback (Author of Contentment, Wheaton, Illinois)

"In an age and culture where we all tend to have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, this book makes a brilliant diagnosis that goes right to the heart of the problem." ~ Ann Benton (Author and family conference speaker, Guildford, England)

"With I've-been-there understanding and been-in-the-Word insight, Melissa B. Kruger helps us to look beneath the surface of our discontent, exposing our covetous hearts to the healing light of God's Word." ~ Nancy Guthrie (author of Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study Series)

"Through biblical examples and sympathetic counsel we are pointed again and again to the delivering power of the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Faith Cook (author of Troubled Journey, Derbyshire, England)

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“By focusing on Biblical truths and examples, Kruger opens our eyes to the scope and depth of covetousness in our lives, while also drawing us into the path of holiness and a life honoring and glorifying God.“
Diana Severance, a historian with broad experience teaching in universities and seminaries, Spring, Texas.
“I commend this fine, new book…with a prayer that we all read and follow her Biblical counsel to fully understand the condition we are in and flee quickly to the One who truly satisfies our deepest longings and our true desires”.
Michael A. Milton, Chancellor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Through biblical examples and sympathetic counsel we are pointed again and again to the delivering power of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Faith Cook, Author of Troubled Journey, Derbyshire, England.
“With I've-been-there understanding and been-in-the-Word insight, Melissa Kruger helps us to look beneath the surface of our discontent, exposing our covetous hearts to the healing light of God's Word.”
Nancy Guthrie, author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series.
“In an age and culture where we all tend to have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, this book makes a brilliant diagnosis that goes right to the heart of the problem.”
Ann Benton, Author and family conference speaker, Guildford, England.
“With empathy and grounded biblical insight, Melissa Kruger shows us the path to abiding joy amidst life's varied ‘ups' and ‘downs'.”
Lydia Brownback, Author of Contentment, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845507754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845507756
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melissa Kruger serves on staff at Uptown Church, PCA as Women's Ministry Coordinator. She regularly teaches women in her community and speaks at women's conferences around the country. She is the wife of Michael J. Kruger, President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Together, they are busy raising their three children. Melissa is the author of "The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World" (Christian Focus, 2012) and "Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood" (WaterBrook Multnomah, forthcoming). You can join her at her blog, Wit's End (www.melissabkruger.com) or follow her on twitter: @melissabkruger

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am a Pastor, and was asked to read this book for possible use in a Ladies Study at church.

Having read it, I would recommend it.

It covers a very useful topic, that of covetousness, which the author (Melissa Kruger) deals with through examining the pattern of Seeing, Coveting, Taking, Hiding and Suffering Consequences.
Ms. Kruger applies this pattern to a number of different places in a women's life where she will have to deal with the covetousness of her own heart.
This pattern is very useful and helpful for not only examining the specific areas she mentions, but for having a tool to apply more broadly in our lives.
It also leads to a nice application of a practical antidote in Seeking the Lord, Desiring Rightly, Giving, Confessing, and thus Knowing the Blessing of Contentment.

The author uses descriptive anecdotes nicely, helping women see themselves in the stories she relates.
I also very much appreciated the use of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and its pithy description of the sin of breaking the 10th commandment.
The fourth chapter describes how Christ and the cross frees us from coveting, and anchors the book well in the gospel, where our anchor must be.

There are, however, two areas where I think the book could have been stronger, and thus more useful, as all struggle with covetousness.

The first area is that Ms. Kruger touches on the brokenness of relationship between husband and wife described in Genesis 3:16 - "and your desire shall be for your husband." This phrase is parallel to Genesis 4:6, and the desire of sin to rule over Cain. While Ms. Kruger alludes to this, she never unpacks it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Housewife Theologian on May 9, 2012
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When I first moved into my home here in WV, I planted some mums in my side flowerbed. I was eager to have their beautiful fall colors greet me, my family, and guests as we drove up the driveway. But I didn't realize the work they would require. Mums tend to want to flower before their best peak season, so it is important to monitor and dead head these bushy plants. This can be quite time consuming. Also, I discovered that mums spread like weeds. My flowerbed was being overtaken. Finally, I had enough. I didn't really care to have them bossing around my flowerbed any longer. If I wanted to enjoy fall mums, I decided to give them potted boundaries. But when I began to dig those stubborn guys up, I discovered the very integrated, vine-like root system they had weaved. I diligently worked hard to get them all. That was at least 6 years ago, and as I'm writing this, I am facing my continuous battle with the mums that will not go away!

As I was reading this great book, I kept thinking about those mums. Many times we work on the outer symptoms of our inordinate desires, but we just can't remove that covetous heart. Kruger definitely met my expectations in a book that aims at Finding Contentment in a Covetous World. She identifies the heart of the matter, and presents the pattern of coveting as found in Scripture and our own lives: see, covet, take, and hide.

My favorite part of the book was the concluding thoughts. I just love it when conclusions are concluding thoughts, rather than just a summary of what I've already read. Kruger vulnerably shares an incident of her own struggling that she recently experienced after having written her manuscript. A friend emailed her to share the good news of a long-awaited longing that had been fulfilled.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Jackson on May 31, 2012
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As Kruger explains, coveting - money, possessions, love, talents, looks - is rooted in our belief that God isn't sufficient. Do we fear God has forgotten us, or doesn't love us as much as He loves someone else? When we suffer from those insecurities, we are prone to be discontented with our circumstances - and, ultimately, with God.

Kruger does an excellent job of unpacking the sin of coveting by using the Biblical examples of Eve (Genesis 3) and Achan (Joshua 6-7) to show the pattern of coveting - seeing, coveting, taking, hiding. She also gives an excellent method for overcoming this often silent sin

The Envy of Eve should be required reading for women, even those who would testify that they've never had a covetous thought in their lives (Kruger would convince them otherwise).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Staci Eastin on May 30, 2012
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When envy takes root in our hearts, all kinds of other sin can follow. But what is envy? Is it really that awful?

In The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Melissa Kruger examines envy for what it is-unbelief in God and his goodness. She then unpacks it further to show how we often fool ourselves into thinking our discontent is merely a result of our circumstances rather than lack of trust in God for his provision. She also makes the important distinction between desiring good things and coveting.

Melissa covers the pattern of coveting, and then discusses five things we often covet: money and possessions, romantic relationships, family and friendship, seasons and circumstances, and giftedness and abilities. She uses multiple examples from Scripture as illustrations, carefully examining the patterns and motives behind each one.

I highly recommend this book. We often convince ourselves that we don't have a problem with envy, we just want God to "fix" this one unpleasant circumstance. More often than not, though, it's our own hearts that needs the fixing, and Melissa's thoughtful treatment of this subject gives us the tools to do so.
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