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Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You Paperback – June 21, 2011
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Praise for Enemies of the Heart
“Andy Stanley touches the right nerve at the right time. We all have an understandable tendency to focus on the problems others need to address in their lives. But Andy encourages us to put ourselves on the hook and not let go until we’ve made any necessary changes. This book shined a spotlight on some of those areas I need to work on, and
I know it will do the same for you.”
—Shaunti Feldhahn, best-selling author of For Women Only
“Andy Stanley is a master teacher for a generation that loves to be taught. Here is yet more proof of Andy’s ability to take us deep in a way that makes us want to go there. This is a great book.”
—Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host
“Read this book with caution! You will probably uncover some mean and ugly stuff in the depths of your own heart. I sure did. The good news is that Andy Stanley doesn’t leave you there to struggle; instead, he offers wise, biblical remedies that every Christian should make part of their own spiritual habits. This is great stuff that I enjoyed teaching
at our church.”
—Doug Fields, former associate pastor, Saddleback Church
About the Author
Communicator, author, and pastor, ANDY STANLEY founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network 30 churches around the globe collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly.
As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over five million messages consumed each month through television and podcasts, and author of more than 20 books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating, Ask It, How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide, Visioneering, and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most-influential pastors in America.
Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
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In Part 1 he addresses the fact that sin comes from the heart as Jeremiah says and is incredibly deceptive. He talks about the damage that sin does, and how to identify it, and the importance of correcting it.
In Part 2 he addresses the dynamics of the debts that result from our sin. The four biggies are: Guilt - "I owe you"; Anger - "You owe me"; Greed - "I owe me"; and Jealousy - "God owes me." Andy handles each of these brilliantly and gives excellent examples that we can all relate to, so that we can confess them and start working in a positive direction to overcome them with the help of God the Holy Spirit.
In Part 3 he focuses in on how to confront each of these sins, with their righteous (happy) counterparts: from anger to forgiveness; from greed to generosity; and reasons to celebrate the joy that we have in receiving Christ's blessing and the Holy Spirit's power at work in our lives.
In Part 4 he helps us focus on what we are modeling and the legacy we are leaving behind (especially parents for their children) and how to deal with lust.
The book includes a helpful discussion guide, which is excellent for personal application, and small group discussion. This book is vintage Stanley: full of Scripture, great examples and illustrations, and motivates you toward wanting to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. I can't recommend it highly enough - life transforming!
That said, I feel the writing was a little uneaven. The first two topics (Guilt and Anger) I felt were discussed well. The author had several good insights and words of advice and council. It was easy to tell that he had experience dealing with these issues within others, and he called out the destructive aspects of these issue so soundly and true.
I felt that the other topics (Greed and Jealousy) were weak compared to the first two topics.
His portrayal of Greed was very ambiguous. To be fair, he does mention that it can be hard to spot when good prudence becomes greed, but by the end of that topic, I felt like I was still confused by this issue. I believe in being generous, and the author calls this out as a valuable defence against greed, but it was unclear just how different greed was to normal governance and stewardship.
I didn't really grasp the topic of jealousy. There was much written about being envious of others, but I felt the examples were always superficial. Why always the example of the sister fitting into the smaller jeans? I believe Jealousy runs far deeper than surface items, I'm sure the author does too, but I feel this topic was the weakest section of the book.
I did like his brief section on Lust. I felt he was wise and measured in how he addressed this issue, and I believe others could learn from his approach.
To summarise, I feel the book started off really well, but it seemed to run out of enthusiasm about half way through.