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Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever Paperback – October 9, 2007
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This book is not a theoretical look at those topics. Fr. Joseph delves into the practical nature of Spiritual Warfare. The first section of the book discusses the struggle that Christians must undergo to accomplish the task at hand. The second section is composed of various meditations to help one on the journey. I especially found the last meditation on the TWO TREES to be most helpful and touching.
Fr. Joseph uses Patristic Writings, Scriptures, other Church Writings (including various liturgical passages) as well as his own words to convey his recommendations and guidance. While written from an Orthodox perspective, the book is certainly valuable for any Christian who wants to become more Christ-like.
I highly recommend it.
Fr. Joseph is very knowledgeable in the rich history of the church, the writings of the church fathers and the scriptures, and uses his God-given gift of understanding in his book to "break it down" for the reader, helping us see the "big picture", and educating us about the Fall, the passions and the opposing virtues that we must strive to practice, with God's help, in the very REAL fight that is spiritual warfare.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sincere desire to draw near to God.
Part I is deep- explaining our predicament in terms of Adam and Eve and the two trees and how that impacts us. The "Preparation section for confessing our passions, our sins" is also challenging, uncomfortably so.
Part II, the Meditations, are a great help in getting a handle on it all. The first one on St. Ephraim's prayer will speak not only to Orthodox Christians, but to all, in terms of the movements we must make to repent. And the other meditations approach the same goal from various angles so that surely one will bring home what needs to be done- especially the last one, concerning the two trees, which lead to death or life.
The book is an invaluable aid toward the action of conforming one's attitudes and actions to the likeness of Christ.
Though written for Orthodox Christians, this volume could also be helpful to the explorative members of the heterodox community as well. Despite the rejection of the "Seven Deadly Sins" by many of the protestant and baptist-rooted communities, this book explains them in detail as to who and what they are, and how they are truly the root passions inherent in the sinful nature of Man (plus, as a bonus, it was written originally in English, so it's not a terse translation into large words and pseudo-King James English, so it's a lot easier to understand right off the bat)
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This book provides excellent educational reading and understanding of the word.Published 8 months ago by Tiffany Manier
I became very engaged when reading this book because it teaches about the virtues and vices in a novel way. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Emebet Tedla
Great book: it helps clarify, simplify, and define many personal struggles with sin behavior, and emotions.Published 11 months ago by Christopher Hoops
Excellent and very thorough overview of Orthodoxy spirituality. Author has undertaken substantial research on the subject matter referring to many gem sources.Published 18 months ago by Johnny
Excellent and very user friendly! For those seeking a way to grapple with the passions as understood from an Orthodox Christian perspective, this book is quite helpful.Published on January 29, 2014 by Matthew Morrison
Good book! Fr. Joseph has a way of teaching that is easy to understand and enjoyable to real while punching you in the fluffy, unexercised gut of your faith.Published on September 30, 2013 by Kimberlee A Lukins