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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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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.
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.
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.
In all honesty, Stanley does a decent job. I just thought he could've added more.
Stanley makes it clear that there are 4 heart issues. Anger, guilt, greed and jealousy. Simple outlines for each of them
Anger says, "You owe me!"
Guilt says, "I owe you."
Greed says, "I owe me."
Jealousy says, "God owes me!"
All of these things are heart issues. Are we willing to deal with the issue so we can come up with a solution. Stanley comes out with some Biblical points that can help us all out.
I once went to a comedy show that featured 3 comedians. The one that everybody was looking forward to performed like Stanley writes. He acted as if he didn't get paid enough. That doesn't impress me. And fortunately this was loaned to me. Because if Andy Stanley doesn't get paid enough to elaborate just a little bit more, he ain't getting my money!!
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