- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: P & R Publishing (November 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875522017
- ISBN-13: 978-0875522012
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin Paperback – November 1, 1998
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". . . fresh, contemporary, highly readable. Every Christian who is serious about holiness should read this book." --Jerry Bridges
"Kris Lundgaard has done the impossible. He has given us some of the best of Puritan theology in a language all of us can understand. . . . will challenge you to radical spiritual transformation!" --Richard L. Pratt Jr.
". . . a solid reminder that apart from the grace of God we are far weaker than we can imaginebut greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world." --Bryan Chapell
About the Author
Kris Lundgaard was associate pastor of University PCA in New Mexico. He is currently a manager in the computer industry. He lives with his wife, Paula, and four children in Austin, Texas.
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He opened the preface with these words: "'If God has redeemed me from sin, and given me His Holy Spirit to sanctify me and give me strength against sin, why do I go on sinning?' This question has plagued me throughout my life of faith. In my lowest moments it has brought despair; it has even darkened the edges of my brightest times (p. 13). Who of us, if we take sin seriously, has not struggled with similar thoughts. Lundegaard takes the rest of the book to explore the hold that sin has over us and the power of Christ to help us to overcome. Lundegaard has provided a useful, readable volume that provides resources against sin and a simple introduction to Owen.
Now, to pull Owen off my shelf and try him again.
This book is a short read with 0 percent fluff. It is incredibly helpful and is what many people need to realize that yes, sin is in us, and yes, it is a loathsome, nauseating and disgusting monster, but Christ gives us the power to fight and win!!!!!
Thanks Kris! Love your book.
Outside of a small group format, this would be a more difficult book, as the temptation would be to read too many pages at once and not retain much. Still, if you're disciplined and looking for straight talk (and good biblical references) on the power of sin in the believer's life, this might be a good starting place. You'll want to read more than this one book though, as it fails to make all the connections I would have liked (i.e., doesn't get to the good news of Jesus quite as fast or as thoroughly as I would have liked; Jesus conquered sin in the believer's life in a very real way, and talking about the sin issue should always be balanced with this truth).
But - this being said, this would be a marvelous starting place if you're concerned about "doing what you don't want to do" as Paul said in Romans. It's short, an easy read, and if you'll look up the Bible verses in the discussion questions, a great start.
After you're done with this one, you might want to check out the Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. It's a harder read (maybe dictionary in hand) but well worth it.
If so, then this book may be the springboard for a changed life. Learn what sin is--how detestable it is to God, how powerful it is in each of us, how it quietly appeals to us and blinds us to what God really has intended for His children, and then discover tools you can use to change.
I know that my walk will not be the same after reading this book and doing the exercises. It is so easy to read and makes so much sense; I can't believe I was this blind to what sin really is. But now I see.
Has discussion questions after each brief chapter.
This is a very honest book that clearly describes the power of ongoing sin in our lives. It is a positive and powerful book that, at the very least, will help you to see the battle inside for what it truly is.
There are four parts to this book:
Part One: The Power of Sin in What it is
Part Two: The Power of Sin in How it Works
Part Three: The Power of Sin in What it Does
Part Four: Nailing the Lid on Sin's Coffin
I would say that this is a must read for that guy in your life who is waging a battle internally.