The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin

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Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin
by Kris Lundgaard

A very fascinating read this book was for me. This title was written by Kris Lundgaard, whose book was written as a modernized version of Indwelling Sin and The Mortification of Sin by Puritan John Owen. Now I haven’t read John Owen’s book yet, but I am curious what differences are between Kris Lundgaard and John Owen’s books. Because of this, I may have to find John Owen’s book as well. Kris’ book was originally suggested by the youth pastor of my church, in my opinion it was a very good pick for our group. I highly recommend this to other bible groups out there, because I believe The Enemy Within would not have been as powerful of an impact if I had read this alone.

Obviously, as the title suggests this is a book about sin. Because of how this book addresses sin, I would recommend this book to all Christians specifically, but I don’t know if I can recommend this book to many outside of the faith. I say this not to deprive people of knowledge, but because I do not believe someone who rejects or simply does not yet know of  God and Christ would respond to the book the same way as a Christian might; it would be like a high school math teacher who tries to teach calculus to 4th graders. The purpose of this book is not to entertain readers necessarily, it is to educate readers of how dangerous is the sin within our hearts and how it can be dealt with. This is essential, because in my opinion some people, including myself at times, feel sin is either something to shrug off or to become paralyzed in fear.

Do not assume incorrectly. This is not a book that is designed to be used as puffery, it is opposite of that. For me, this was a very humbling book which as my bible group and I discussed it, we learned many things about ourselves and I am certain all of us grew in the spirit. The book talked about the many dangerous appearances of sin, it also provided numerous passages of scripture, and it was well written. This is a book filled with truth and I have no arguments against what is contained within those pages.

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

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