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Excerpted from Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations by Kay Arthur Copyright © 2011 by Kay Arthur. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
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How to Use This Study v
Introduction: Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations 1
Week 1 Pride: Tripping Over Ourselves 5
Week 2 Anger: "I Do Not Have an Anger Issue!" 23
Week 3 Jealousy: "What's Yours Should Be Mine" 37
Week 4 Gluttony: "Let's Supersize That!" 51
Week 5 Slothfulness: "I'll Get to That Tomorrow" 69
Week 6 Greed: Chasing After More Than Enough 83
Posted October 2, 2012
Fatal Distractions is divided into 6 weeks of lessons, which you could read in a group or individually. The practice for a book of this nature would be to read it in a group setting so that you can discuss the lesson with others which will give you the opportunity to share your feelings about the lesson and vice versa.
I have read other study guides by Kay Arthur Ministries and this one for me was not very much different from the others I have read, I was not that impressed. A bile study on six deadly sins that can threaten our faith is the core of this book. I did enjoy how Kay has us looking up the scriptures to find the answers for ourselves in this study.
I received a free copy of this book for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, for my honest unbiased opinion.
Posted July 16, 2012
Fatal Distraction: Conquering Destructive Temptations by Kay Arthur, David and BJ Lawson is a short 6- week bible study in the Precept Ministries International's 40 Minute Bible Studies series. I found this bible study to be a little too cliche in its marketing and presentation. Firstly, the references to the "seven deadly sins" of which this book covers six of the "seven deadly sins"- (because lust is a significant topic of its own and there are two books dedicated to the sin of lust in the series)- make this approach more appropriate for a weekly tabloid than a bible study. The photo of a rotten candy apple covered with blood- like red candy sauce is a bit too dramatic, and the bold warning "Don't become a spiritual statistic" plays on fear and paranoia of the new Christian. These features may grab the attention of the reader, especially in a market saturated with small group home bible study books. It is true that this book visually stands apart from the mild, bland aqua and pastel covered books with their comforting messages and serene spa-like scenes. Nevertheless this book still appears to be too commercial in nature. It may serve its purpose of providing a wake up call to the problem of sin in even a Christian's life.
The book is divided into six study lessons to be read in a small group setting over the course of six weeks. The sins covered are: pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness and greed. As mentioned in the intro chapter, lust has two study books dedicated to the topic, which simply seems like an advertisement to get the reader to purchase to two additional study books for the complete effect.
The lessons themselves do address the issues using relevant biblical quotes and commentary. Actual biblical passages are included with the lesson. There are observation and discussion sections. The discussion questions prompt the reader to think about the material. There is some space- for short notetaking but not enough space for journaling. There are also leader prompts- which may not be applicable for those who choose to use this book as a personal study. In the end if you can get past the sensationalism, the reader will complete this study with a biblical insight or perspective of relevant issues that invade the lives of Christians and even churches. In fact as an example, it is illustrated how even churches become greedy when they ask for more and more money for projects such as renovations or activities. As a blogger for Waterbrook press I receieved this book for the purpose of writing this review.
Posted March 2, 2012
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite What are destructive temptations that we need to conquer? They are among the many sins that distract us from living effectively for Jesus. In "Fatal Distractions" the authors deal with six sins that affect our everyday lives. These six sins are: pride; anger; jealousy; gluttony; slothfulness and greed. This is another 6-week, 40-minute, no-homework Bible study from Kay Arthur Ministries. These studies are for those who have only limited time, such as lunch-time Bible study groups. Though they seem simply written, you will find a wealth of information in this study, with scriptures and information to aid you in going deeper into the study if you so choose. These are six sins that we all deal with, including me. Since pride is one that I sometimes deal with, here is a Scripture verse used in week 1 that I like. James 4:6 says: "But He (God) gives a greater grace." Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." I don't know about you, but I'd rather be around a humble person any day. And this study really made me think, and taught me ways to overcome this issue. Each chapter in this study captured my attention because they deal with something I need to be aware of daily. This is a little book I will for sure keep on my shelf for further studies. I highly recommend this Bible study for any small group, or for you as an individual. Even though you can't do the discussions in a group, they are still good questions to answer for yourself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.