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Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

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Although temptation is a common and well-acknowledged part of the human experience, few realize the truth behind temptation and fewer still know how to defeat it. Tempted and Tried will not reassure Christians by claiming that temptation is less powerful or less prevalent than it is; instead, it will prepare believers for battle by telling the truth about the cosmic war th ...more
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Published March 2nd 2011 by Crossway Books (first published 2011)
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Barnabas Piper
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the most significant book I have read in the last year or two. Russell Moore's clear, eloquent teaching on temptation is heart wrenching and powerfully convicting. This book is deeply hopeful and rooted in the gospel. It blessed me enormously and I can't recommend it highly enough. The last two chapters are worth the price of the entire book, and the rest is A+ too.
Kara
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this summer, I was blessed to have the chance to read Dr. Russell Moore's latest book, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ. I absolutely LOVED this book! It's phenomenal.

In Tempted and Tried, Dr. Moore tackles the tough subject of temptation through a powerful exposition of Christ's temptation by Satan in the desert. He opens the first chapter, "Wrestling With Demons: Why Temptation Matters", with a personal anecdote and then moves into a sweeping overview of the who
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Jeff Short
One of the best treatments of the temptation of Christ that I have read. Moore deals carefully and in-depth with the wilderness temptation, explaining what was at stake and the triumph of Jesus over it. Moore explains what temptation is and how it works.

This book is also extremely practical. The Bible teaches that Christ was tempted in all points like we are and Moore makes that connection for us in the wilderness temptation. Not only do we see how we are tempted like Jesus was tempted, but also
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Gregory
Russell Moore has written an excellent analysis of temptation in a work that is easily one of the best theological books I've read. His grasp of biblical theology, typology, culture, and human nature is stunning. Additionally, his "psychology of the demonic" is perhaps unsurpassed since C.S. Lewis's "Screwtape Letters." His pastoral wisdom throughout the book in invigorating, mostly because he pulls no punches. There is no false comfort here, but there is true comfort--we are victorious in Jesus ...more
Jon Anderson
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jesus-christ
Very good book by Russ Moore reflecting on the temptation of Christ. Does a good job balancing the redemptive/historical uniqueness of Jesus' temptation and the underlying commonalities with our temptations which enables Him to be a sympathetic High Priest. I appreciated that Dr. Moore didn't simply use the Bible text as a 'how to' manual but, in well-written prose, got below the surface to expose what really is tempting our hearts.

Had read previously but re-read in preparation for teaching thro
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Justin Camblin
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. Highly recommended. Moore really gets down to the roots of temptation and how we can battle against it.
Noah
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent.
Matthew
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Good Christian books on temptation are pretty hard to find. Maybe it’s because Christians like to pretend they don’t fight temptation like we do, I’m not sure, but not a lot of Christian authors are really tackling the subject. Off the top of my head, the only other one I remember reading was John Owen’s Overcoming Sin and Temptation, which seems to be the standard on the topic. That book opened up many new insights on temptation to me, but I hadn’t seen anything since that helped in that area.

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Justin Lonas
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Temptation is something Christians don’t like to talk about, at least not seriously. We may joke about it; we may discuss it in the abstract; but to talk about the very real pull to sin that is always going on in our own lives makes us uncomfortable to the core. We tend to confuse temptation with sin (i.e., acting on our temptations), and so we are reluctant to address it.

In Tempted and Tried, Russell Moore broaches this difficult subject by looking at temptation through the experience of Christ
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Travis
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Is it normal for Christians to face temptation? Of course it is. Jesus went through the trials in the wilderness. We, if we follow in his footsteps, will also face similar battles. Russell Moore opens the Bible with his readers and helps us to understand the trials we face in Tempted and Tried, his latest book.

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Early in the book, readers will discover that the author is a very real person who has experienced very real, very down-to-earth temptations. Unlike the many authors who remain
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Linval London
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tempted but not tapping out...there is hope!

I started reading this book 3 years ago...and stopped. Not because it isn't a well written book or because the subject matter was not important to me. I stopped because I felt the author was speaking straight to me and I was convicted of things I needed to change. Well, that took awhile...:-). I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to apply Jesus' method of overcoming temptation in their own life.
Jared Totten
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Temptation is common to the human experience. And how we handle it is all too common as well, often either quickly caving or white-knuckling through it in sheer self-determination. So when we read the biblical account of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, it is easy to see the overt supernatural elements at work, the magnificent scope of the seductions, and Jesus' flawless victory and see no connection between his testings and our own.

This is a mistake. In Tempted and Tried, Russell D. Moore m
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Emmanuel Boston
One of the most helpful books I have read regarding Christian sanctification and struggle with sin. This definitely belongs on the best books of the year list. Russell D. Moore writes with a vivid style that makes it seem as though you yourself are thinking the thoughts as he writes. If sin and sanctification were a chess match, Moore does more than show you a few possible moves; he takes every piece and explains it in such a way that you realize that for years you have been playing Mancala and ...more
Brian
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"This is what Jesus’ followers couldn’t understand as he moved down the Roman roads toward the place of the skull. It was there, and only there, as Jesus carried on himself the sins of the world, that he could say, “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out” (John 12:31). It is only in his triumphant resurrection from the demonic grip of death that Jesus could have “angels, authorities, and powers” subjected to his rule (1 Pet. 3:21–22). A crossless Christia ...more
Justin Collard
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Let me first start by saying that I have absolutely no issue with the Biblical facts used, the arguments, presented, or the overall content of this book. I believe that Dr. Moore has an extremely sound theology and Biblical reasoning when it comes to this topic.

So why did I give it two stars? This book was presented as an accessible discussion on the temptation of Jesus in the desert and promised applicable answers to fighting temptation in your own life. What is delivered is part self-help (poo
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Josh
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: seminary-books
This book was like a piercing and soothing balm to my soul. Having grown up in Christian culture with all it's hokey and Christ-less temptation fighting techniques, this book was a loud, clear, Christ centered call to fight temptation with the gospel.

Moore works through the three temptations of Christ and unpacks a books worth of penetrating insights into how all of our temptations are worship issues and twist good, satisfying things God made for us to enjoy.

The resounding message of this book
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Aaron
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My full review is available at Blogging Theologically:

Have you ever been in a situation where you thought everything was fine—until something shocks you to reality? Maybe you’re talking to the attractive barista at Starbucks and then your spouse walks in. Maybe you’re talking to your coworker and realize your conversation is getting way too personal. How do you react when that happens, when you realize you were caught in the trap of temptation? How do you explain what’s going on in your mind? Yo
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Josh Davis
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book and an enjoyable read. First the negatives. I almost knocked it down to a 4-star rating just because of some incidental Baptist theology that sneaks into some side comments. And my only real issue with any of Moore's major points was his exegesis of 1 Corinthians 10:13--"God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear." Moore says that God won't send you anything that is beyond your capabilities to resist; I say, God's strength is unlimited and GOD will provide the ...more
Eva
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much more than I even expected. I bought it because I heard the author on the radio talking about temptations - specifically, how going from single to married wasn't a way to "fix" temptations toward lust, just an exchange of one set of temptations for another. That really resonated with me, so I looked up the book.

He's practical, pragmatic, and very loving. He's extremely honest. I have never thought through the logic of the devil tempting Jesus in the wilderness; I always foun
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Kyle Oliphint
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
People kept recommending this book to me. I bought it after the first or second recommendation. I don't know Dr. Moore, but have read some of what he has written in his columns and enjoyed it, was often convicted but always encouraged. But this book sat there, "unopened" on my Kindle. I did some fun reading, books about the Secret service, Vice President Cheney`s memoir, and kept having people ask me if had read this yet. Almost out of exasperation I decided to plow through it. I wish I had read ...more
Charlie Brill
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every chapter of this book challenged me in deep ways. I'm still wrestling with Moore's thoughts and reflections on Jesus' walk in the desert for 40 days. Moore writes in a way that takes "Christianize" language away. His explanation style is rough and honest. I wish more speakers would speak in the ways that he wrote. I was most challenged by this: We have all been tempted in the same ways that Jesus was in the desert. Those temptations are things that are all common to all of us. Some of those ...more
Dan Sudfeld
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had read Dr. Moore's "Adopted for Life," and that book has a permanent place on my top five list of all-time favorites. And this book is right up there too. There's just something about Moore's writing that pulls on my heartstrings. Perhaps its the way he connects all the dots in God's storyline. He is a biblical theologian. Perhaps its the way he challenges my walk with the Lord. He is a practical theologian. Most likely, it is a combination of the two.

"Tempted and Tried" is a solid expositio
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David
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I'm 2/3 through the book and already know this is one of the best books I've read this year. Along side "The Enemy Within" by Kris Lundgaard (based on John Owen's standard on the subject), I know of no other book which speaks to sin and my sins more incisively. As such it is a bittersweet book that finds me squirming in my chair as if receiving a chinese foot massage. Pleasure amidst pain and all the while those areas that need most help are pinpointed and attended to. The author takes the 3 tem ...more
Brian Daniel
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for me. Not only do I recommend this book, but I believe it is one that can be read and re-read. Moore begins Tempted and Tried with an overview of both the root of temptation the seriousness of temptation. He addresses each of the temptations of Jesus with depth, theological acumen, a mastery of language, and in a way that strikes at the very core of the human condition. Moreover, the author uses powerful yet recognizeable illustrations to make his points come alive with amazing clar ...more
Benjamin Fong
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is on the Temptations of Jesus Christ and how Christ identifies with us as human beings in our desire for comfort, security, and self-sufficiency in his temptation of food (being dependent on himself rather than on the Father who provides), on depending on the angels to care for him if he threw himself from the temple's highest point (security from death), and taking all the kingdoms of the earth from Satan (comfort/glory in being known and ruler over all/ having power over others). It ...more
Tom F
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. One of the best I've read. Great theology. Christ and cross centered. Dr. Moore doesn't beat around the bush. The advice is the book comes not only from practical experience but from the bible, primarily the temptations of Christ. Dr. Moore paints a scary picture of the consequences of sin and the the reality of Satan and his minions working against the believer. While we certainly have the flesh and the devil to contend with, Dr. Moore is constantly commending believers to focus o ...more
John
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it


I continue to love Dr. Moores down to earth handling of complex theological issues. The book was both sophisticated and highly practical; a rare combination. I feel more equipped in my daily battle in fighting natural desires after reading as I better understand the source and reason for the temptations, and ore importantly, that He went before me. I was particularly enlightened by the discussion of Jesus as the new Israel as his fulfillment of Gods promise through the 40 days in the wilderness
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J.J.
Dec 02, 2011 added it
Absolutely exceptional book. One of a kind. Combines practical theology with literary imagination and artistry. Here's a quote: "To lose control of your appetites is to lose sight of the gospel itself, the truth that God knows what you need to survive—the broken body and spilled blood of Jesus. God allows his people to “hunger” so he can feed them with what is better than what they would choose. The Israelites wanted Egyptian onions and leeks; God was training their appetites for bread from heav ...more
Daniel Alvers
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very good book on the temptation of Christ. I would compare it to a modern day version of John Owen's Mortification of Sin. I think both should be read in tandem with a healthy watch on your own swoon into despair. Jesus is a great savior and invites us into a war. A war that he has won. It is finished and that finish is breaking into the present moving us toward the future where there will be no more war.
Bauer Evans
Russell Moore is an exceptional writer. His presentation of Jesus temptation in the wilderness was captivating from the first chapter to the conclusion of the book. His ability to weave the doctrines of God's word, its power; the gospel, the fatherhood of God, and identity as his redeemed sons was potent.

Once I started reading this book, I did not put it down quickly. I will re-read parts of it again.
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Russell D. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns.

Dr. Moore earned a B.S. in history and political science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also received the M.Div. in biblical studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary,
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“You will be tempted exactly as Jesus was, because Jesus was being tempted exactly as we are. You will be tempted with consumption, security, and status. You will be tempted to provide for yourself, to protect yourself, and to exalt yourself. And at the core of these three is a common impulse—to cast off the fatherhood of God.” 0 likes
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