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Overcoming Sin & Temptation

(Works of John Owen #6)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  2,387 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published October 16th 2006 by Crossway Books (first published 1656)
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Douglas Wilson
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Weighty and good. John Owen hates sin.
Becky Pliego
WOW! Such an important book! All Christians need to read this book and exhort their own friends to read it too.
NOTE: This is a big book that will make you think and pray and meditate (it is not an "easy" one).It is not meant to be read in a week, so take your time, be determined, and read a couple of pages each day... until you read it all.
David Westerfield
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Alexis Neal
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Bambi Moore
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aside from the Bible, I believe these three classic works of John Owen combined in Overcoming Sin and Temptation have impacted me more than any book I’ve ever read. By God’s grace we can learn to recognize sin, hate it, and hunt it down like the spiritual cancer that it is. By God’s grace I will never look at my indwelling sin the same again. As Jerry Bridges said of this book, to read Owen is to mine for spiritual gold. And as in mining, reading Owen is hard work. Absolutely worth every minute ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No idea how any Christian can live in a world like ours, one in which temptation is literally everywhere, without reading this book. If you're used to reading classics, this is an easy reading level. But if you aren't, it'll probably be challenging.
Rhyan Phillips
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Trey Bahm
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Timothy Renner
One of the most life changing books I’ve ever read.
Edward Sanderlin
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a tough read for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the seventeenth century syntax. Once my brain found equilibrium in that area, however, I positively devoured this collection, feeling convicted the entire time. John Owen is strong medicine just when I needed it. I'm glad I read this collection, and I'm thankful it came to me when it did. (Though borrowed on a whim, the Lord knew.) I want to come back and read Book 1 from this collection (Of the Mortification of Sin in Believe ...more
Nick Carrico
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is extremely dense in size and in content. It took me a while to get through because you cannot just blow through this book. It’s pages are full of thought provoking truth that takes time to understand and ingest. Overall this book is an in depth look at the inter workings of sin. Owen goes step by step through temptation all the way to indwelling sin that a believer cannot simply shake off. I believe it is essential for believers because Owen leaves no stones unturned in his pursuit o ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: repeat
This book has quite possibly impacted my life more than any other book outside of the Bible.
Zach Barnhart
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
"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
Sally Ewan
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a challenging read, but I'm glad I read it. It is so easy to makes excuses for one's sin, to overlook it, to make light of it. Yet sin separates us from God, and He hates sin, and we are called to do the same. Owen makes a strong case for the power of sin in our lives and how determinedly we must resist it, with the help of the Holy Spirit. I am so grateful for Jesus. It seems amazing to be finishing this long book this morning, Good Friday, the day our Savior suffered and died to defea ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, and one of my favorites thus far. It’s a classic with time-tested wisdom on sin and temptation which is rarely talked about today. I love Owen’s specificity of language, scripture, and particular examples of the inner workings of the mind. Best book on sin/temptation I’ve read
Jim Becker
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Hard to read though. Great content
Andrew Strenn
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

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 foun
Franklin Lucky
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish it was in the modern vernacular, but this is a great help to the saints.
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 close ...more
Jacob O'connor
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 m
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Luke Hedmann
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Next to the bible I don't think any book took me as long to finish reading. Also apart from the bible I don't think any book has taught me as much. Similar to the proverbs this book is filled with so much wisdom and would be recommended to read a page or so daily because there's so mant good points to absorb. My only complaint with this book was that I felt the third book lacked something that the first two had, it was still good just not quite on the same level. that being said this book is fan ...more
Lea Lea
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pure gold. Get it. Read it!
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Christian needs to read this book.
Julia Reffner
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will continue to chew on this one....
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me nearly 4 years to read this one but it was well worth it. The editors have done a masterful job of making Owen's very difficult style accessible to the modern reader. It would be a challenge to find another title that so painstakingly draws out the believer's battle with sin. For example, I have wondered why some sins are such a constant struggle, and Owen gives his insight on why this may be the case, something I had never considered - “God says, ‘Here is one, if he could be rid of t ...more
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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 23 books)
  • The Glory of Christ
  • Communion with God
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Work of the Spirit (Works of John Owen, Volume 4)
  • Faith and Its Evidences (Works of John Owen, Volume 5)
  • Sin and Grace (Works of John Owen, Volume 7)
  • Sermons To The Nation (Works Of John Owen, Volume 8)
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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.” 14 likes
“Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.” 9 likes
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