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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Struik Christian Books (August 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0633152498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0633152499
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,124,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Beth Moore has emerged as a popular speaker and writer in Christian circles, her Bible studies embraced by church groups across the country. Her latest full-length book, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Finding Authentic Restoration in the Age of Seduction, holds to her trademark conversational writing style (including the overuse of italics and hyperbole). Its message is disappointingly simplistic, choosing such easy targets as Internet pornography as evidence for satanic seduction, and even using diagrams of stick figures to prove her points. A New Voice in New Thought?
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

BETH MOORE is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries.

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God's love and mercy and forgiveness are constant!
This book was a powerful read, and although repetitious at times, her depth of knowledge and profound spiritual insight gave me many "aha" moments.
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134 of 140 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on December 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This title is the second I have read by Beth Moore, and it is the best yet. It is easy to read, but profound in nature. Many Christians may be inclined to miss the impact of this book because of its simplicity.
Moore here does not seek to be informative, but inspiring. There are many other volumes on the market that offer much better insight into the darkness of human nature. If a person is desiring that sort of deeper understanding, then this book is not the one to purchase. If a person is looking to find motivation to overcome his/her darker side however, then this title is the one to choose.
Moore divides her work into three basic sections: the Warning, the Watchman, and the Way Home. The Warning section describes the attacks Satan makes against devout believers. The Watchman section unfolds ways in which a disciple's defenses can be strengthened to resist such attacks. The Way Home section, as the title implies, points Christians in the right direction to recover from having succumbed to temptation and seduction from the Enemy.
I recommend this book highly to persons who are intent upon living consecrated, victorious lives for Jesus Christ. Moore's honesty, transparency and humility serve only to strengthen the arguments she presents. This one is not a book to miss!
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127 of 135 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
First, a word about the audience this book addresses.

1. It does not address carnality. Sinnners are already lost - they are not Godly.
2. It does not address frauds. People that pretend to be Christians but lead a life opposed to God are sinners dressing up as lovers of God. She points out that just because someone fails does not mean they are fraudulent. Fraudulent believers never really lived for God anyway.

This book adresses people who walk with God daily, yet fall into pits of sin doing unGodly things.

2 Corinthians 11
2 For I am zealous for you with a godly eagerness and a divine jealousy, for I have betrothed you to one Husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Secondly, Some Christains believe it is not possible to be seduced one once you are a Christian. Beth Moore writes that this is false and is proved true by the above scripture (among others). Christians are being seduced TODAY. Consider David - a man after God's own heart - He fell into an adulterous relationship and didn't realize what he had done until the prophet revealed it to him! She writes that those of us who are already walking with God need to beware. We are living in the age of seduction and we who walk with God can fall into traps. Knowing this, we should feel the sense of urgency to guard ourselves against being deceived.

Beth Moore explains that she has received countless letters from true believers that have fallen into traps. Godly people that have a history of walking with God, but fall into sin share some common denominators that she shares in this book.
I highly recommend that every believer in Jesus Christ should read this book - now.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on August 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The title of this Beth Moore book is certainly a provocative and thought-provoking one. We all wonder why godly people stumble (including ourselves.) The author explains to us the seductive forces in the world today and shows how sincere Christians can fall into wrong thinking and acting. She then details how we can arm ourselves, through prayer, Bible-reading, accountability groups, and other methods to resist the temptation all around us and keep our eyes on God. She describes what repentance really is and shows us how to go about restoring our tarnished relationship with Christ. This is inspiring and is a wonderful "how-to" book for any Christian.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mike Blyth on January 8, 2006
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This is one of the most important books I've read in the past five years. I say it fills a gap because of the way it so clearly addresses the specific topic of spiritual "seduction." The anonymous reviewer of 3/26/02 did a good job of describing what that is and is not. In contrast to the willfully disobedient or rebellious person, the seduced person may creep by almost imperceptible steps to a spiritual disaster he could not have imagined could happen to him.

Moore is compassionate without being soft. She does not excuse the sin or the sinner, but her harsher words are for those who those who are ready to throw the first, second, and third stones.

The book is very practical in terms of the risk factors for being seduced, how to arm ourselves, how to get help from God and others when we have fallen, and how to be a godly helper to someone else in the situation.

As a missionary doctor with some background in counseling and with some member care responsibilities, I can say that this book (or something else like it, which doubtless exists though I don't know what) should be essential reading for pastors, counselors, lay leaders, missionaries, and anyone else with leadership and pastoral responsibilities. Beyond that, it would be valuable reading for anyone serious about his or her spiritual life.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By I. Abbey on May 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Struggling to understand why a wonderful devout friend of mine committed crimes that landed him in state prison, I was intrigued by the title of this book when I saw it at a friend's house, so I bought it. Beth does a wonderful job of explaining how those who are truly committed to Christ can fall into Satan's snares. The elements she describes of Satan's seduction were verified by my friend who said his experience was just as described by Beth. A much-needed and obviously God-inspired book with a serious warning for those of us who think we're too close to the Lord to ever forsake His Word.
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More About the Author

Beth Moore has written many best-selling books and is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible-study author whose public speaking engagements take her across the United States to challenge tens of thousands. Beth is focused on teaching women all over the world and is known and respected wherever she goes. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters and lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class at her church.

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