- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah Books (February 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590525108
- ASIN: B002T451D6
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
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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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Much of it was fairly flawed logic like presuming that greed is the reason why an adult wouldn't allow a child to have something the adult owned and suspected that the child might break. Nonsense! It's common sense, not greed.
The latter part of the book seems to be more logical and less of "here's what's wrong with you". Bottom line, is that most people will get something out of the book, but there are much better ones out there. Use the book to help you think through things, but don't use it as an authority source to explain you to yourself.
I suggest not buying this book for anyone until you buy it for yourself. Read it and apply it to your own experience and then you know the true value of the book.
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.
By covering four main inner 'monsters' (guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy), he shows how to overcome these diseases of the heart. He particularly does a good job of showing how we all practically struggle with these four monsters, even if we wouldn't previously think so.
I've found "It Came From Within" very helpful in teaching our teenage Bible class. Many of us adults agree that some of these difficulties very likely had their roots in our childhoods and adolescent years. When I'm blessed with children, Lord willing, I hope to be able to help them deal with keeping their hearts pure from these dangerous calamities.