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Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ Paperback – March 2, 2011
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“I've read many good books on dealing with temptation but this one by Russell Moore stands out in a class by itself. I can guarantee your spiritual health will benefit greatly from giving serious attention to this book. It will help you not only understand how temptation works, but also how to defeat it.”
—Rick Warren, number one New York Times best-selling author, The Purpose Driven Life; Pastor, Saddleback Church
“Some people are incredible writers but have little to say. Others have great substance but are boring as all get out to read. Russell Moore is that rare author whose skills as a writer are matched by his theological and biblical substance. He both engages your imagination and stretches you intellectually. This man knows the Bible and he teaches it in a way that pierces the heart. Russell will not only make you think, he will make you think more biblically—an activity that is more dangerous and subversive than you would imagine. If you’re struggling with sin in some form, you might assume that reading a book called Tempted & Tried would be a depressing reminder of all your failings. But that is not what this book is. It is realistic and honest about sin and evil, but more than anything it gloriously sets forth Jesus as the devil-smashing Victor that he is. It will give you hope. It will give you courage to press on. It will stir your heart to keep battling temptation in the confidence of Christ’s victory. I highly recommend it.”
—Joshua Harris, Former Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep
“With the courage and insight of Luther, the humor of Erasmus, and the spiritual insight of Spurgeon, Russell Moore in this volume, Tempted and Tried, accomplishes what few scholars are able to do; he brings vast learning to a table set to feed both scholars like him and the rest of us common folk also. With precise theology on a solidly biblical basis, buttressed by wide reading and profound experience, Russell Moore helps us all deal with the daily temptations of life and triumphant Christ. This volume, like C. S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, finds the follower of Jesus where he is and assists him in his climb to a higher realm. No believer serious about encountering temptation should miss this book.”
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“In Tempted and Tried, Russell Moore carefully examines the sinfulness of our hearts, biblically exposes the strategies of our Adversary, and ultimately exalts the Savior who alone has conquered sin and death. Indeed, Christ is our only hope, and this book gloriously points us to Him.”
—David Platt, President, International Mission Board; author, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“Russell Moore is a riveting writer, and you won’t have to read this book for long before you also find out that he knows some things that you need to know about the deceitfulness of our hearts, the trials of temptation, the schemes of the Tempter and the power and grace of the Savior. Wise beyond his years, and unashamedly supernatural and biblical in his approach, I almost hear the old Puritan Thomas Brooks speaking to me in Dr. Moore’s words (albeit in a Mississippi dialect!). In one of the great hymns of the church, ‘Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners,’ we sing ‘Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing, He, my strength, my victory wins.’ But how? That’s what Russell Moore shows us in this book. Read it. Search your heart. Pray for grace. And join the fight.”
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“Dr. Russell Moore’s new book, one of the practical I have seen in a long time, is an excellent manual of how to recognize and deal with temptation. Its prose is engaging, its biblical support sold, its illustrations lively and consistently to the point.”
—Patrick Henry Reardon, Pastor, All Saints' Orthodox Church, Chicago, Illinois; author, Christ in the Psalms
“Russell Moore has given us a book that is simultaneously theological, personal, and literary, inviting us into the story of Jesus’ battle with temptation. There, we discover our own war with an enemy that is both within us and prowling around us. Instead of a formulaic approach to resisting temptation, he shows us how to look to Jesus, who accomplishes what we can’t and journeys with us into our battle. Be forewarned, this book will open your eyes to temptation in ways that are sure to leave you uncomfortably alert.”
—Mike Cosper, founder and director, Harbor Institute for Faith and Culture
About the Author
Russell Moore (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. A widely-sought commentator, Dr. Moore has been called "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate" by the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Onward, The Kingdom of Christ, Adopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at RussellMoore.com and tweets at @drmoore. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.
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I only gave this book 4 starts because some paragraphs however were a tad wordy. He used a lot of big words and confusing examples, when i would of liked to read more something a little more personable. Maybe some more stories of modern day temptation we as humans face, especially with progressing technology. Maybe it was me but, as much as i love a challenge here and there, all the big words didnt make for a friendly read when i had to keep turning to my dictionary before advancing.
Overall, this is a really good book if you want a better explanation on how Jesus overcame being tempted and tested in the desert and how we too can overcome even our hardest of temptations!
Tempted and Tried, is about being victorious over temptation. The author uses the story of Jesus and his victories over the temptations in the wilderness as an example for believers to follow in their fight against temptation.
The author argues that because Christians are "in" Christ, they now have the same power and tools that Jesus had in overcoming these three temptations. This is very important because I believe that over the past century or so, the doctrine of Union With Christ has been greatly ignored. The neglect of this doctrine has led to many Christians being ignorant of all that God has given them in Christ. This includes their standing before God as well as the tools God has given them to overcome sin.
This book, however, is very different than the typical books that are written about combating temptation. In Tempted and Tried, Moore does not offer a simple list of different ways in which one can avoid or prevail over temptation. Instead, he informs the reader why temptation and sin are so serious and what Jesus did for us so that temptation can be conquered. Moore states, "Just as our temptation is part of a larger story, so is our exit strategy from its power. The same Spirit who led Jesus through the wilderness and empowered him to overcome the Evil One now surges through all of us who are joined by faith to Jesus. We overcome temptation the same way he did, by trusting in our father and hearing his voice" (p. 22). The author then goes on to say, "This isn't a self-help guide, promising to do for temptation what a diet manual promises to do for obesity" (p. 23). Moore does much more than simply lay out a "how-to" manual.
Moore's book was very insightful. One of the great strengths of the book is the angle in which it speaks about temptation. Many books discuss temptation but I have not encountered another that takes it from the angle Moore takes. Typically the books written about temptation take a very personal tone. They usually give certain practical points that an individual can take to avoid temptation. Tempted and Tried, however, gives the reader a grand view of Jesus and shows what he has done on the behalf of believers. The author also begins each chapter with a story that illustrates the point he intends to make throughout the chapter. This approach was very helpful and allows the reader to know what to expect and to follow along more clearly.
Ultimately, this book is excellent and edifying. By the conclusion of the book, the reader can expect to have a firm grasp on temptation and how to fight it. Some may criticize the book's lack of any step-by-step counsel in combating temptation. However, the book gives an even greater weapon to fight temptation. Tempted and Tried will remind Christians that victory over temptation is not primarily won by simply taking several steps to avoid it, though that can be very helpful and necessary. Victory over temptation, however, is primarily won by recognizing who believers are in the resurrected Christ and bidding farewell to their old selves who were tried, convicted, and crucified with Jesus. Christians have been resurrected with Christ and walk in the victory that Jesus won when he was tempted, tried and found perfect. Click on the picture below to be taken to Dr. Moore's own blog.
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