Book Review – Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap (13/12)

You can often find books on lust or addiction to pornography for guys, Finally Free by Heath Lambert comes to my mind immediately. But what if you have a had to recommend a sister in christ some literature on this same topic?  Sure you can recommend the same books, but it has been known that both gender struggle different in the fight for purity in life, heart and thoughts.  That is where this book comes in.

Purity is PossibleHelen Thorne has written a short book to help christian women in their fight for purity. Thorne first starts by giving the reader a preview, a vision of what a life of purity is really about: beauty, true beauty as God had intended.

Next, Thorne the deals with the common issues that women struggles with like fantasy, reading of erotic materials,watching of various kind of pornography, or perhaps being called to live a life of singleness, She then leads the reader to the heart of the problem, that is our hearts are idol-factories. We would alway want to worship alternative gods in our lives other than the real God of the bible and of the world.

Following which, Thorne very pastorally helps the reader to deal with various kind of guilt. She helps the readers see that they are some things we should be guilty of, yet at the same time, there are some things we need not and should not be guilty of! Thereafter, Throne points the reader to the loving kindness and mercy of God, showing the readers that forgiveness is, and can be found in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally, Thorne wants to reader to see that is it not enough just to know about the problem and solution, however it is necessary to act upon the knowledge that we have. She tells the readers what that means, then usher them to embrace their new identity that is found in Christ. She ends by reminding the reader that the fight for purity is a long and hard journey, by God’s grace we can preserve, but we must not be passive about it.

This has been a helpful book, it sets forth good, sound biblical teachings showing the readers from the bible what it says about purity and how to live it out. Highly recommended for any women who wants to live a life of purity.

Rating: 4.25 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping).

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – AHA: Awakening, Honest, Action: The God Moment That Changes Everything (2/12)

Have you ever had an ‘eureka’ moment in your life? If you had, you would most certain have experienced something that this book talks about, the AHA moment.

This book is really meant for “born christian” or those who have slipped from their christian lives. Kyle Idleman has written this book to persuade christians to turn back, before it’s too late. The main bible passage used in this book is Luke 15:11-32, the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

The book is spilt into 3 parts, first the awakening, the realisation of your wrong. Next, the honesty to agree, admit and confess your wrongdoing, and lastly, to act on this information that you now have.AHA: Awakening. Honest. Action: The God Moment That Changes Everything

Idleman first talks about the awakening process or moment that one experiences when one realises the consequences of the wrong doing one had done. This section really calls the readers to examine and think through about their own lives, will they not turn back? Have they not seen what their lives had now become? Do they want to continue?

Next, Idleman moves on to tackle some of the common “defence mechanism” that one may utilise to delay or excuse themselves from taking action after they had the AHA moment. The few defence mechanism seems more to be taken from Freud’s idea of defence mechanism, but is supported by bible verses in their respective chapters.

Lastly, Idleman talks about the need to take action, it is not sufficient just to have this AHA moment or agree and admitting what you have done wrong, action is required to repent from this wrong. Idle man strongly urges the readers not to stop in this process, and to take action, immediately!

However, the weakness of this book is how it is lacking on the God at work in man’s heart. The book does show very strongly how one should and must turn back to God. Yet it is silent on how God must first work in our hearts to do that.

Similarly, it does not tells the reader who to do if you are repenting or have repented. Yes, there is a need to repent, but after I’ve done it, what should I do? Maybe the reader should move on to his other book, Not a Fan? But I think that would not be a good follow up. Maybe an additional chapter on basic discipleship would be extremely helpful to such new believers.

This book would therefore be most suitable for nominal christians, or christians who are estranged from their christian roots. Read, realise and act, before it’s too late.

Rating: 4 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Reading A Great Classic Together (21/8)

I’ll be reading a classic book along with Tim Challies. This time the book will be Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen. More specifically, we’ll be reading his classic book ‘The Mortification of Sin‘ Overcoming Sin and Temptation

And here’s a brief introduction of John Owen written by Challies:

John Owen is known as being one of the greatest theologians in the history of the church and one who offered penetrating analysis of the human condition. Though his works are reputed as being difficult to read, they always prove worth the effort. Jerry Bridges says, “To read Owen is to mine spiritual gold.” Mark Dever says, “Sin is tenacious, but by God’s grace we can hate it and hunt it. John Owen provides the mater guide for the sin-hunter.” And Phillip Ryken insists that, “John Owen is a spiritual surgeon with the rare skill to cut away the cancer of sin and bring gospel healing to the sinner’s soul. Apart from the Bible, I have found his writings to be the best books ever written to help me stop sinning the same old sins.” Are you getting the theme there?

What it’ll look like:

Each week we’ll each read one chapter of the book. I’ll post my reflection on the chapter, and I’ll also post the link of Challies’ reflection on the same chapter on my post as well.

We’ll start our first post on 8th Sept, so do get a copy of the book and read the first chapter by that day!

How you can join in:

If you are interested in reading this book together, you can get a copy of the book Overcoming Sin and Temptation, here, and here (free international shipping), Kindle, free pdf.

If you’re interested in buying a copy of The Mortification of Sin you can get a copy here, and here (free international shipping), Kindle, pdf.Mortification of Sin