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Overcoming Sin and Temptation (Works of John Owen #6)

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The writings of John Owen are a challenge to any reader, to say the least. His intricacy and complexity are intimidating and his language is downright befuddling at times. However, the depth of thought and the immense value of Owen's works cannot be quantified. His three classic works on sin and temptation are profoundly helpful to any believer who seeks to become more lik

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Alexis Neal
Jan 27, 2012 Alexis Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-books, religion
Editors Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor do their darnedest to make one of the most notoriously unreadable Puritans accessible to lay readers. This is my first exposure to Owen, so I can't really compare their 'modernized' version to the original, but I can say that although it was substantively dense and organizationally complex, it was also quite readable.

In fact, Kapic and Taylor are so determined to simplify Owen that they footnote and define more than 250 words throughout the book--words r
Rhyan Phillips
Mar 26, 2012 Rhyan Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it finally happened. I finished this book after working on it off and on for maybe a year and a half. It is a difficult book to speak of in short because, as Owen shows, there is much to be said about sin. I will say this is probably a book you can read many times and continue to learn from. It is fairly puritanical language but it's manageable and the revelations and convictions herein are certainly not bound by linguistic discrepancies.
David Westerfield
Owen brings so much content to the table concerning the nature and power of sin in the life of the believer, it is like trying to drink from a fire hose. His thought process, logic, and ability to synthesize Biblical information is beyond comparison. The book is actually a compilation of three books: On the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It, and Indwelling Sin.

In the first book, On the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Owen makes the distinction, from
Trey Bahm
Jan 17, 2013 Trey Bahm rated it it was amazing
Masterful theology by this great Englishman. Both he and contemporary John Milton wrote political literature (a.k.a. propaganda) on behalf of the mid-17th Century Puritan movement. Owen himself was an advisor to Oliver Cromwell.
Feb 21, 2011 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: repeat
This book has quite possibly impacted my life more than any other book outside of the Bible.
Edward Sanderlin
Next to my bible, this book has had the greatest impact on my life. I will say this book proved to be a great challenge to read. I often re-read sentences and pages because of the difficulty. However, the work put forth was well worth it. This book is a combination of 3 works by John Owen. His included works are the mortification of sin, indwelling sin in believers, and the nature of temptation. This book makes much of Christ and paints a vivid picture of the terriblness of sin. This book crushe ...more
Jacob O'connor
Feb 19, 2014 Jacob O'connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most helpful book on this topic I've ever read.

Most of us are familiar with the legend of the two wolves that live in our souls. There is a good one. There's a bad one. Which one wins? The one you feed.

John Owen gets beat up for being difficult to read. I didn't find this to be a distraction. It isn't light material, but this is best read as a devotional or as a resource with you feel under attack.

Owen keeps coming back to the central premise: we must mortify our flesh and be made al
Trent Cannon
Mar 02, 2015 Trent Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I have read this volume one time already, and am reading it for the second time. This book has helped me in ways that words can not express. Owen writes with much insight and from a pastoral heart on sin in the believer. His exposition of Psalm 130 was used of the Lord to bring me through a time in my life when I felt totally abandoned by God, deserted, and without hope of recovery. Sin had practically destroyed my life, robbed me of testimony, destroyed my ministry, and wrecked my marriage. Owe ...more
Lea Lea
Oct 22, 2014 Lea Lea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first introduction to Owen, and for that matter, Puritan writers. It is difficult to express how influential this book has been. It is the type of book to always have nearby and to read in small portions, so as to ruminate on it all day. it is surprising how life-giving and applicable such an old book could be.
Michaelpatrick Keena
I have always enjoyed Owens, and look forward to this current edition of his works. Reading Owen is no mere walk through the park, but after walking his path through the Word, one is never left the same
Bryan McWhite
This is the best book I have ever read on sin and the battle against it. This is must-read stuff for every believer. One of the most formative books of my life.
Jul 22, 2007 Johnmark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On my top 10.
Aug 10, 2011 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure gold. Get it. Read it!
Zachary Barnhart
"The really great writers are not valuable for their cleverness but for their straightforward and astonishing insight into what the Bible really says about great realities. This is what we need."

John Piper's opening exhortations in the Foreword are an important introduction to not only these paramount works of John Owen, but the theologian himself. John Owen is one of the most prolific writers and teachers in the history of the church. His writing is extensive, rich, and the perfect paradoxical
Philip Tadros
Dec 04, 2016 Philip Tadros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Difficult. But absolutely worth it. Like digging for gold.
Andrew Strenn
Feb 13, 2016 Andrew Strenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This Overcoming Sin & Temptation is a collection of three works by John Owen. All three works deal with the nature of sin and how believers must battle this sin-nature.
John Owen is considered by many to be one of the top Pastor/Theologians that Puritan England produced. The three works in this volume are "Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers", "Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of it", and "Indwelling Sin".

It should be said that John Owen is difficult to read, for the modern reader. I
Ryan Rust
Jan 11, 2017 Ryan Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outside of the Bible, this is the most important book I have ever read. It will reshape not only my day to day walk with Christ but my entire life. Thankful for this book
Overcoming Sin & Temptation contains three of John Owen's books: Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It, and The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of Indwelling Sin. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor edited this Crossway publication. They've added footnotes to help explain Owen's vocabulary, paragraph headings to help readers follow Owen's arguments, this is in addition to summaries at the beginning of each book and extensive outlines at the cl ...more
Technically I only read the section entitled "Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers," but I'm fairly confident that this section is typical of the whole book. As to the annotations and corrections by the editors of this collection, they were very well done. They were kept as minimal as necessary and so didn't distract at all. However, that said, other than increasing my vocabulary with unusable words, I'm not sure I see the value of keeping the antiquated language at all. I may just opt for a ...more
Dec 11, 2014 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
From what I understand, this essay turned book, was intended for high school students going into college. It is one those studies that you will need to read several times at different times of your walk just because it speaks deeply of the things of God. I choose to read this important essay because popular blogger Tim Challies had invited his readers to read along with him. Each week we were to read a chapter and he would write his thoughts. I have included his web page for you to take a look. ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Coyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains a heavily-edited version of John Owen's three treatises "Mortification of Sin," "On Temptation," and "Indwelling Sin." When I say "heavily-edited", I mean NOT that the language has been updated as some modern Puritan reprints do (the bad ones, mostly), but that Owen's outline has been corrected and obscure words have been footnoted. So, where Owen might give a series of points that run like this: 1. Sin; 2. Redemption; D. Application; 5. Corollary; 6. Sin again; etc; the edito ...more
J. Machen
Apr 26, 2013 J. Machen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the introduction for this book there is found a quote by Andrew Thomson on Owen's writing; "Owen travels through it [his subject] with the elephant's grace and solid step, if sometimes also with his ungainly motion."(15) Upon Reading through this book this proves to be an apt statement. Reading Owen's writing can sometimes feel like trudging through thick mud, but the time spent is well worth it. While the pace and prose of Owen's style can leave you confounded and re-reading whole paragraphs ...more
Nathan Schneider
Aug 24, 2015 Nathan Schneider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The power of sin should not be underestimated, nor should it ever be inevitable (because of the grace of God). Owen's Overcoming Sin and Temptation is actually three classic works by the Puritan writer: Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It, and Indwelling Sin. Each book is focused on a particular passage of Scripture (e.g. Of the Mortification elaborates on Romans 8:13, "For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you p ...more
Tim Augustyn
This is a really, really good book. It was written in the 1600's, and if you read the original, it is almost impossible to follow. The editors of this book have done a really good job of bringing it into (to be fair) the late 1800's : )

What Owen does so helpfully in this book is help us understand the nature of sin. Why do I sin? What kinds of struggles can I expect in the Christian life? And then: What kind of resources has God given me to deal with the sin that I find in my life (even though
This book is possibly one of the best I have ever read.
It seemed like Owen was killing me at times by using the Word to convict me of my sins and ripping out confidence in myself.

The only way to mortify sin is by the Holy Spirit. Apart from Him all actions are fruitless and done in vain.

The section on how desire and temptation lead to sin was very good to hear. Owen's talked of all the ways we make provision for the flesh, to gratify the lusts there of.

Owen's expresses the importance of Fathe
Brian Collins
Jan 25, 2012 Brian Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book bound in this volume, "The Mortification of Sin in Believers," is probably the best book written on how to war war against sin. It is worthy of being read often. The other books bound with it, "Of Temptation," "The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of the Remainders of Indwelling Sin in Believers," and "A Practical Exposition upon Psalm CXXX," do not rise to the same level, but they too are worth reading. The latter, on one of my favorite Psalms, is a classic Puritan expositio ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I want to love this book! And I do love it but it’s WORK. And hard work at that. I remember the first time I got Owen’s Mortification of Sin my friend told me that I might want to have a pen and paper in hand so I could diagram the sentences as I work through it. Indeed, though updated, the same is needed with this book.

I’m thankful for the footnotes and added helps to make it a wee bit easier to work through but be prepared. This is not a quick read. The information is timeless and convi
Scott Cox
Jan 18, 2016 Scott Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, theology
I recommend obtaining the complete 16 volume set if at all possible. However this volume, plus Volume ("Death of Christ") are probably the two most important volumes to begin your comprehensive study of John Owen. The following is an excerpt from Volume 10 regarding the Providence of God: "1. His decree or purpose, whereby he hath disposed of all things in order, and appointed them for certain ends, which he hath fore-ordained. 2. His prescience, whereby he certainly foreknoweth all things that ...more
Kate Smith
Aug 17, 2015 Kate Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredibly difficult book to read! He is so spot on with how our sin interacts with us and what we allow it to do in our lives. There is hardly a page in the book that does not have a highlight on it. He so well describes the consuming, beastly power of our flesh. He also describes how Satan uses our flesh against us. He also shows our complete inability to deal with it on our own. His solution is essentially to purse the Lord non-stop. That is the only way to counteract the deceitfulnes ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Keith added it
This is a collection of 3 books by Puritan John Owen on a subject that is quite taboo these days, sin. Line by line, Owen describes how sin gains its power to captivate a person. He talks about the law of sin, the workings of sin and our need to "mortify" (put to death) sin.

This is a very thorough work, but it does take a lot of effort to follow the 17 the Century vocabulary. Having said that, it is well worth the effort to persevere to the end.
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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)
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Works of John Owen (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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  • Sermons To The Nation (Works Of John Owen, Volume 8)
  • Sermons to the Church (Works of John Owen, Volume 9)
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  • Continuing in the Faith (Works of John Owen, Volume 11)
  • The Gospel Defended (Works of John Owen, Volume 12)

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“When we realize a constant enemy of the soul abides within us, what diligence and watchfulness we should have! How woeful is the sloth and negligence then of so many who live blind and asleep to this reality of sin. There is an exceeding efficacy nad power in the indwelling sin of believers, for it constantly inclines itself towards evil. We need to be awake, then, if our hearts would know the ways of God. Our enemy is not only upon us, as it was with Samson, but it is also in us.” 12 likes
“Sin also carries on its war by entangling the affections and drawing them into an alliance against the mind. Grace may be enthroned in the mind, but if sin controls the affections, it has seized a fort from which it will continually assault the soul. Hence, as we shall see, mortification is chiefly directed to take place upon the affections.” 8 likes
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