Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review: Todd Hunter's Our Favorite Sins

   Informed by exclusive Barna research findings and more than three decades of pastoral experience, Our Favorite Sins shines a revealing light on temptation for contemporary readers and demonstrates how ancient, liturgical, and sacramental forms of Christian spirituality can assist a follower of Jesus in defeating temptation and getting victory over sin.
   Our Favorite Sins provides the only resource that matches a perceptive awareness of the sins we face today with the solutions and strategies employed by our brothers and sisters who trod similar paths in centuries past.
  As a bishop, author, and a frequent speaker, the author is positioned to appeal to readers in two broad audiences: the mainline liturgical world and the evangelical community.

   Everyone sins, and we all have particular ones that are the ones we come back to most. Todd Hunter is here to help out on conquering not giving into these sins as often as we do.  He covers the most popular sins that people give into, and then goes over how to conquer those by going to the heart of where they start, which is temptation.
   I was sort of shocked by what qualified as the most popular sins like procrastination, and worrying.  I didn't think a survey would have so many people list those over things like lust, or gluttony. Gluttony was listed, but still these things qualified over those.  Also, I thought there was a complete disregard for people who might have disorders or mental illnesses that tend to worsen the struggles with things like anxiety. I believe anxiety can be lessened, and perhaps overcome, but there wasn't any compassion for people who are diagnosed with  depression, OCD, or other anxiety related disorders.  It takes an added amount of strength to battle those things.
   The book is very honest though. I think Hunter makes a good point to say that we all struggle with sin, and that we need to identify the root of what is tempting us, which is our desire for something. If we don't desire it then there is no temptation. Not to say desire is wrong, but it is the stage to getting to temptation, which then leads to sin. If you're very defensive you probably wouldn't make it through this book without wanting to argue the author. He isn't shy about the topic, and could you really expect any less by the book already stating it's going to talk about our sins.  He offers the most sole advice he can about how to turn from them, which is putting your faith first. I do think humans were given other humans for a reason though, and that God does want us to seek the company, and encouragement of others.
    I think the book is great advice for getting a kick start to work yourself away from things that have become serious problems, like eating too much, or being lazy. It could get you to thinking about things you never considered to be wrong, or hinderances. You can check out the book at Amazon.

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review. 

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