Real, Lasting Victory Over Temptation
There's no use pretending: Everybody struggles with temptations. Sometimes those struggles can wear us down and we don't know where to turn. But as authors Dr. Arnie Cole and Michael Ross write, "Each struggle presents us with an opportunity for growth and intimacy with Godnot condemnation."
Using real-life stories and information gathered from over 100,000 surveys, Tempted, Tested, True gives you a step-by-step process for resisting harmful choices through the power of God's Word. This book will show you how to live in the freedom God wants for you.
"After eight years of research involving 100,000 Christians of all ages, authors Arnie Cole and Michael Ross offer powerful insights on the subject of temptation....a great resource for group study and discussion, and the 'nudges' provide a guide for lively group participation." CBA Retailers+Resources
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Arnie Cole (EdD, Pepperdine) is the CEO of Back to the Bible and director of research and development for the Center for Bible Engagement. He and his wife, Char, live near Lincoln, Nebraska. Learn more at www.backtothebible.org.
Michael Ross is an award-winning journalist. He writes, edits, and manages Back to the Bible's book publishing efforts and is a former editor of Breakaway magazine. He has authored or collaborated on more than 30 books, including What Your Son Isn't Telling You. The Ross family lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is not a single human being that does not face temptation at some point. It can be as "harmless" as not being able to pass by the dessert tray to as "harmful" as sexual sins. The point is, everyone, everywhere in all of history has had to deal with temptation. This book does not gloss over the problem of sin and the effects of giving in to temptations. It does not, either, tell you that you will be 100% able to resist temptation just because you've read this book and answered every question in it. It does give you insights, scriptures and proven steps that you can take to lessen the effect of temptation in your life. The beginning chapters deal with the universal problem of temptation and the cycle of dangerous choices. I particularly like how they equate a cycle of a bad choice with pregnancy and birth. It made it easy to understand and visualize. The next few chapters are about specific temptations men struggle with and women struggle with. And the next four chapters deal with a story and struggle from real life and how to deal with the specific temptations they contain. I found the whole book really enlightening and very well written, however the last chapter and the Ending Point really hit me between the eyes. So many times someone doesn't want to discuss their temptations because they feel they're alone or that they will be judged because of them. The last part of the book deals with this from a church and grace standpoint. The church shouldn't be shunning sinners and we shouldn't be refusing to offer God's grace to anyone. None of us deserve it and it's given freely and equally to all. This book is excellent. It has a "Nudge" at the end of each chapter, which is a study guide and is wonderful for both personal and group study. There is a ton of scripture back up and memorization is encouraged. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House for the purpose of a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.
When Tempted, Tested, True by Arnie Cole and Michael Ross arrived for review, I was instantly intrigued by the notion that we all probably share a similair struggle with some form of temptation. Normally, the idea of temptation is set with a larger score of notions, such as cheating, stealing, perhaps even an addiction. What captivated me most of all is that temptation can be as innocent as a thought - yet plaque us in the biggest form of guilt. This book? It's a bountiful cover to cover absolute gem of a novel to take those moments of temptation from thoughts to actions to overcoming them with a common biblical basis. God will help you prevail - you just have to let him give you that opportunity and that freedom. Tempted, Tested, True is 10 chapters filled with projected and insightful paths tempations could lead you on, or perhaps you are/have experienced them yet might not know the resolutions. You will with this book! Not only do they cover many common forms of temptations, each chapter is filled with insightful prayer, words of wisdom from Christ centered experience, engaging 'nudges' in the form of a workbook space for personal writings and reflections. True to it's title, Mr. Cole and Mr. Ross give you those same topics in the form of the temptations, theories tested and the truth to set you free. Simply put: This book is a MUST HAVE! It's not a complicated read but intense enough to cover a multitude of thoughts and their consequences and their actions. It's profound enough that we can come away with the understanding that we as humans will make mistake - we are fallible. But God is still, and always will be, in control and as they beautifully state: "Learning to become God-centered is the first crucial step: Put God back in His rightful position - smack in the center of our lives." 5 stars for Tempted, Tested, True. This book's richness, essential charts and graphs, and the amazing appendix filled with worksheets is simply top notch. This novel brings to light a topic many might shy away from but truly should embrace the wisdom and insight given by Cole and Ross. Given that we have a choice to wallow in fear of condemnation of guilt and shame, the best gift is to live in the glory that that freedom of letting it go that God will grant you! *As per my review: I received a copy of the book from Bethany House for the purpose of a book review. I was not compensation other than receipt of book to review and any/all parts of this review are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.