Monday, June 10, 2013

Tempted, Tested, True. A Proven Path to Overcoming Soul-Robbing Choices by Michael Ross and Arnie Cole

Real, Lasting Victory Over Temptation

There's no use pretending: Everybody struggles with temptations. Sometimes those struggles can wear us down and we don't know where to turn. But as authors Dr. Arnie Cole and Michael Ross write, "Each struggle presents us with an opportunity for growth and intimacy with God--not condemnation."

Using real-life stories and information gathered from over 100,000 surveys, Tempted, Tested, True gives you a step-by-step process for resisting harmful choices through the power of God's Word. This book will show you how to live in the freedom God wants for you.

My review:
   I don't read enough non-fiction books, and have been trying to change that. When I saw this title, I figured it would be a good book to read and review as it deals with something we all face: temptation. If you don't face it, you'd better do a spiritual check up fast.

  This isn't a fast easy fix book. The authors address different areas of temptation we face, and use stories of real people to show how they affect us all and the struggle to overcome them. The book is interesting, easy to read, and has some valuable and sage advice. At the end of each chapter there is a few pages dedicated to "a nudge", which has some places to answer questions that are asked. I read the book through pretty fast for the sake of posting a review, but plan on spending more time with it later. It has the potential to be very helpful if used correctly and if the reader spends some time on it.

   At the end of the book there is a section describing all three Protestant views of sin and salvation: Calvin, Luther, and Arminius, which I found interesting. There is also two worksheets at the very end of the book to help the reader pinpoint his weak areas and how to combat them. I highly recommend
this book to anyone who struggles a lot with temptation.

About the authors:

Michael Ross is an award-winning journalist. He writes, edits, and manages Back to the Bible's book publishing efforts and is a former editor of Breakaway magazine, published by Focus on the Family. He has authored and collaborated on more than 30 books, including What Your Son Isn't Telling You. Michael and his family live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Arnie Cole (EdD, Pepperdine) is the CEO of Back to the Bible and Director of Research and Development for the Center for Bible Engagement. He has spent much of his professional life tracking trends of human behavior and developing programs that can help change negative behaviors. He and his wife, Char, are the parents of adult children and operate Still Waters Ranch, an equestrian center that serves as a community outreach. The Coles live near Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tempted, Tested, True. A Proven Path to Overcoming Soul-Robbing Choices is available from Bethany House Publishers.

Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.


Diane Estrella said...

Great review. Thanks for sharing!

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