Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations by Kay Arthur

Don’t become a spiritual statistic.
Any type of sin can undermine a believer’s effectiveness, but certain sins can become so deeply rooted in our lives—even without our realizing—that they become fatal to our spiritual growth.

This study looks at six of the “deadly” sins that threaten spiritual progress: Pride, Anger, Jealousy, Gluttony, Slothfulness, and Greed. You’ll learn to identify the subtle ways in which these fatal distractions can invade your life, and you’ll be equipped to conquer these destructive temptations so you can mature in your journey with Christ.

40 minutes a week could change your life!

The 40-Minute Bible Studies series from the teaching team at Precepts Ministries International tackles the topics that matter to you. These inductive study guides, designed to be completed in just six 40-minutes lessons with no homework required, help you discover for yourself what God says and how it applies to your life today. With the leader’s note and Bible passages included right in the book, each self-contained study is a powerful resource for personal growth and small-group discussion.

My review:

I was  trying to find a new book to review from the available books that Waterbrook/Multnomah had on their site, and decided to try this one. I admit I've never been one to do Bible studies, but I'm glad I got it. It is a 6-week Bible study, so I haven't gone the whole way through it, but I like it. It is very well done, and gets the points across very well.

This Bible study has the Scripture right in the book, which is an advantage, though it uses the New American Standard Bible, which is not one I am used to. I would prefer a different translation myself. Other than that, I think it is an excellent Bible study. I am doing it on my own, but I can see that it would be better done with a group of people. Each week has several sections of Scripture which are called the "observe" section, and it is followed by the "discuss" section. At the end of each week's lesson, there is a section titled "wrap it up."

This study is on conquering destructive temptations, and 6 are discussed in the book, but the discussion and advice could apply to any temptation.

The study is part of the 40 Minute Bible Study series from Precept Ministries International, and is only one of several studies from them. It is a good indication that this whole series is worth checking out and using.

About the author:

KAY ARTHUR founded Precept Ministries International with her husband, Jack, in 1970. What started as a fledgling ministry to teens is now a worldwide outreach with Inductive Bible Studies in nearly 150 countries and 70 languages. Arthur has written 100-plus books and Bible studies, including the Gold Medallion-winner Lord, I Need Grace to Make It Today. Arthur reaches over 90 million viewers and listeners through her half-hour television program Precepts for Life and the one-minute radio feature Precepts from God's Word, aired on nearly 1,000 radio and television stations worldwide and available online at
Kay received the National Religious Broadcasters "Best Television Teaching Program" award in 2004 and in 2009 for Precepts For Life, Precept Ministries' half-hour television program. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University. For more information about Kay Arthur and Precept Ministries International, visit

Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations is available from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing.

Thanks to Waterbrook/Multnomah for the review copy.