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Books on such topics today that deal with sin and temptation tend to take a sort of 12-Step approach to the issue. If that is what you expect from this book, you will be heartily disappointed. Owen rather, in sum, directs us to consider the beauty and glory of Christ as he is offered to us in the gospel, along with all that our Trinitarian God gives to us in the preserving of us against temptation. We are to make use of all the means that God has given us in Christ, that we may stand in that gre ...more
Owen is probably my favorite Puritan and dead guy to read so I admit my bias, but his insight into the Word is unparalleled. He sees things and makes connections that 99% of us struggle to. This book is just another example of that. Making the distinction of "entering temptation" as different than entering sin is a paradigm shift. And then simplifying the fight and centering on the gospel was so helpful. A very very worthwhile read.
Owen’s centuries-old work on temptation (abridged and adapted in this format for easier reading) remains a potent look at its dangers and devices. At the core, Owen claims, the issue of temptation is one of the heart—unless we root out the lusts and desires deep within us, we will be unable to ultimately resist temptations in those areas. This heart-cleansing work can only be done by Christ but, mercifully, He has provided a willing Helper.
another excellent book by John Owen. more convicting than his book on pastors. also, I noted that his writing seemed like early 20th century - well, try 1658. that is when he wrote this book. excellent analogies. good book. enjoyable if you like longer, more obsolete words. these two books are the first I've read by Owen, but will probably read others if he has written them. recommended book!
I don't know how many times I've returned to this book, but it is simply one of the most important and helpful books on Christian living that I've read. Owen not only addresses temptation itself; he also explains the means God has provided against it, namely watchfulness and prayer. Owen is hard-hitting, but not discouraging. This book is full of gospel-infused hope. Read it.
Another great book by John Owen, with tons of practical application. This particular edition is from Banner of Truth, and the editor has simplified the work without compromising the content. Good work on how to avoid entering into temptation.
John Owen was an English theologian and "was without doubt not only the greatest theologian of the English Puritan movement but also one of the greatest European Reformed theologians of his day, and quite possibly possessed the finest theological mind that England ever produced" ("Owen, John", in Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, p. 494)More about John Owen...
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“Let the heart, then commune with itself and say, “I am poor and weak; Satan is subtle, cunning, powerful, watching constantly for advantages against my soul; the world earnest, pressing, and full of specious pleas, innumerable pretences, and ways of deceit; my own corruption violent and tumultuating, enticing, entangling, conceiving sin, and warring in me, against me; occasions and advantages of temptation innumerable in all things I have done or suffer, in all businesses and persons with whom I converse; the first beginnings of temptation insensible and plausible, so that, left unto myself, I shall not know I am ensnared, until my bonds be made strong, and sin hath got ground in my heart: therefore on God alone will I rely for preservation, and continually will I look up to him on that account.”More quotes…