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Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit Paperback – October 1, 2007
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An important sub-message is that we often fail to overcome a sinful habit because we make allowance for, or even pursue, other things, such as feelings, effort, holding onto vestiges of sin, and flirting with temptation. Overcoming sin requires radical surgery...application of Jesus' command to cut off one's hand if it causes one to sin, for which is worse...to live life crippled or to spend eternity in Hell?
One of the most practical observations of the book rings true to me: "The media industry is Satan's playground. He uses it to distract us from what is really important as he attempts to turn us into robots who obey our appetites no matter how destructive they may be." (140-141) This indicts us on so many levels - pursuit of entertainment and pleasure, consumerism, keeping up with the Joneses, and subjecting our minds to a barrage of God-blaspheming temptation. One of the best ways to make more room and sensitivity for God is to drastically reduce or eliminate our media intake.
• God wants us to develop a passion for Him that is greater than our passion to sin. (19)
• God wants to draw you beyond repentance to Himself (60)
• Temptation is not a sin - it is a call to battle (62)
• Freedom comes by filling your mind with God's thoughts (90)
• Your emotions express how you feel, your mind says what you know, but your will decides which direction you will go (115)
• A purposeful life...is the basis for discipline and determination to make right decisions...only eternal values can give meaning to temporal ones. Time must be the servant of eternity (117)
* We must stop putting first-rate value on third-rate priorities. We need to establish once for all that our goal is to please our Father in Heaven (119)
Even if you don't need to make changes in your life, this is a wonderful informative book.
I have found it to be very helpful thus far although I have not completed the book as of yet. I must add, that the author's advice and wisdom, is Christian-based. He (author)emphasizes using scripture, prayers, and turning to other believers who can support the addicted person, break free from bondage. Thus, if you aren't a believer in Jesus, and God, you will find it very difficult to relate to this book.
I will add, that I participated in a 12 step program for over 13 years, yet didn't experience full freedom, hence why I purchased the book. For me, the book's suggestions is what is making the difference. With God all things are possible, and HE wants us free from bondage, once and for all. I knew that I still had more work to do, to break completely from my addiction, and with God on my side, the rest is history!