Saturday, February 18, 2012

Flirting With the Forbidden by Steven James

In this world, temptation lurks around every corner. And every day we are in danger of falling victim to its enticements.

But just because we must live with temptation doesn't mean we have to let it master us.

In Flirting with the Forbidden, critically-acclaimed author Steven James combines powerful first-person narratives from Scripture with thought-provoking reflections on temptation, discipleship, and grace to help you grow in discernment and develop a deeper, more intimate walk with Christ.

My review:
Occasionally, I will read a book that I purchased and was not given to review that impresses me so much that I decide to post a review for it. Such is the case with this book. I review books for the publisher, Revell, and have reviewed some of the author's books in the Patrick Bowers Thriller Series, which I highly recommend.

I have never read a non-fiction title by Steven, but this one sounded worth reading, so I picked it up while shopping yesterday, and sat down to read it this afternoon. It isn't a long book, coming in at just 185 pages, but it is definitely worth reading. I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would, and what he wrote has really resonated with me and hit home.

He starts each chapter writing in the first person point of view from a person in the Bible. Chapter one is about Eve, chapter two is about Joseph and his temptation from Potipher's wife, and so on. Each person dealt with temptation and/or sin in some way. The author takes some liberties with writing some of the thoughts of these Biblical characters, but I don't feel he did any injustice in doing so, but showed his point in a more interesting way. His great story telling comes through in each story, and its obvious he is a talented writer even if you haven't read anything else by him.

There are fifteen chapters. Fifteen different people, and fifteen different temptations and scenarios: lust, doubt, loss, and more. Interwoven with each story is Jame's thoughts on the story and some personal experiences of his. He caused me to see some of the stories in the Bible in a different way, and also convicted me while giving hope.

This is a must read for any Christian, no matter if they think they have struggles or not.

About the author:
Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Story, A Heart Exposed, and the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series. He is considered one of the nation's most innovative storytellers and versatile authors, and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

Flirting With the Forbidden is available from Revell Publishing, part of Baker Book House.