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Enemies of the Heart

Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You

Author Andy Stanley
Narrator Lloyd James
Runtime 6 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date June 6, 2011
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In this compelling and helpful book, previously published as It Came From Within!, pastor and author Andy Stanley wrestles with what he calls "four invaders of the heart"--guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. One or another of these caustic emotions sabotages lives on a daily basis and destroys relationships. But Stanley assures readers that there is hope.

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In this compelling and helpful book, previously published as It Came From Within!, pastor and author Andy Stanley wrestles with what he calls "four invaders of the heart" --guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.

One or another of these caustic emotions sabotages lives on a daily basis and destroys relationships. But Stanley assures readers that there is hope. In his trademark style--smart, engaging, and popular--he examines where these powerful forces come from and reveals effective strategies for overcoming them and moving toward healing and maturity.

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Very good in all but one aspect.
This book was very good in teaching us about the inner sins that affect us and give good ways to combat and defeat them. The one exception I had was Stanley's take on Lust. He seems to see Lust as a thing that was corrupted with Adam's original sin. No where in the Bible is lust ever spoken of as a positive thing. Stanley fails to see that Godly love for one's spouse (or future spouse, or natural attraction towards the opposite sex) as being something other than what we know of as "lust". This could simply be a definition thing, but I believe there is a danger to saying "lust can be a holy/good thing." Lust is always defined as the desire to gratify oneself by the use of another as an object. There is no way that can be holy. But that is not to say we are incapable of loving or desiring another for 'their own good,' but this is not Lust. Lust is, in fact, commonly referred to as one of the "7 Deadly Sins." I understand this list does not appear in scripture, but it is widely accepted at being a sin. Things did not become sinful after the Fall, sins are always sins.
Review by / (Posted on 1/21/2014)
Answers to conflict and disorder amongst ourselves
This book gives solutions to people in conflict and disorder with each other. The title and the introduction don't do justice to the content. Even the first few chapters where Andy builds his foundations are a bit slow, but when he starts to get into the actual enemies of the heart, and how to fight them, and how to pass this on to our children, it is riveting, and VERY relevant. Everyone should read this book who wants to represent Jesus Christ in this world.
Review by / (Posted on 12/8/2013)
Such a great book.
This book really challenged me to change (or heal) my heart from habits and emotions that I didn't even know I suffered from. It's a must read (or hear).
Review by / (Posted on 12/4/2013)
Great book, very important "values"
He walks us through both why it is important and how to keep not only our actions but our hearts clean before God and others.

Very challenging and I think no matter where you are at in your faith this book will help and challenge you to grow.
Review by / (Posted on 8/21/2013)
Great book!
This is a must-read/listen-to book for new believers and those of us who have walked with God all our lives. Simple, yet awesomely profound.
Review by / (Posted on 8/1/2013)
don't read unless you are ready to change
This is an excellent read, but either you will be convicted to make some changes in your life or you will not finish it. It isn't easy to read and ignore.
My only complaint is , having heard Andy Stanley, I was extremely disappointed that he did not read the book himself. The reader is acceptable, but not the performer Andy is.
Review by / (Posted on 6/4/2013)
Loved it! Needed a heart cleanse.
I loved this series. I absolutely never would have picked up on some of my behaviors without this series. I was not aware of how holding on to certain things was actually hurting me and giving the enemy power. This set was dead-on for me. Thank you so much for the free download! I've shared with so many others.
Review by / (Posted on 5/21/2013)
Valuable for Everyone
This is an excellent book detailing how to deal with the four destructive emotions that are enemies of the heart by taking responsibility for ourselves (with God's help) and changing our own behavior in order to make our hearts, and relationships with others, healthy.
Review by / (Posted on 5/19/2013)
The author very clearly defines why's and how's of problems that might happen within our heart. Excellent read, definitely makes you think.
Review by / (Posted on 5/4/2013)
Good Audio Book
Love the book. It was well done.
Review by / (Posted on 5/2/2013)
I connect with the way Andy Stanley writes and thinks. His material is excellent. His theology is sound and his illustrations are appropriate. This is a great read.
I connect with the way Andy Stanley writes and thinks. His material is excellent. His theology is sound and his illustrations are appropriate. This is a great read. I am challenged to address these issues in my own heart and apply the solutions of God's Word.
Review by / (Posted on 4/30/2013)
Bit of confrontation, but well needed.
In his Andy Stanley introduces the FAB FOUR, which on face value don't "worry" you when he does. BUT he then goes theough them and then the BIG BOOM he sets out how to deal with this heart condition. Very provoking, Biblical, and requiring a response from me.
Definitely encourage people to read this book, and most of all begin to apply it, thanks Andy Stanley.
Review by / (Posted on 4/29/2013)
Good tools
Andy Stanley offers some very practical tools on how to break free from 4sin areas that are common to the believer.
Review by / (Posted on 4/27/2013)
Challenging toward spiritual growth
Andy Stanley challenges his readers to deal with 4 issues that we all face and then gives the tools to walk forward with victory.
Review by / (Posted on 4/27/2013)
A very good book which I could hardly put down. In reading it I saw many the enemies in my life and many of the people that I know. However, the author gives us hope in the positive habits that must be in place to overcome. There are also some very good quotes that help to re-inforce the important lessons.
Review by / (Posted on 4/27/2013)
Survey of your heart
I recomend listening to this audiobook.Andy Stanley points out a lot of "enemies" that lurk deep in our heart that stop us from being just that much closer to God. I do not agree with all of his solutions to defeating these enemies. But he was very good at pointing them out.
Review by / (Posted on 4/27/2013)
Good "reading"
Love audiobooks. Thank you!
Review by / (Posted on 4/23/2013)
Prying Pricking Soothing Truth
The self-imposed prison walls that our justified Anger creates for us gets destroyed as we own up and confront the question: How long are we going to allow those who have hurt us to control us?

Dr. Stanley's book surely sheds a blinding light in the corner where the four enemies of our heart are hiding. Thus, exposing them. As we always say in South Africa, by naming and shaming them, they become powerless and have to run in shame.
Review by / (Posted on 4/20/2013)
Excellent Book
I've always loved Andy Stanley and the way he presents his messages. Undoubtedly a godly man, and more importantly, a man of God. Thank you for sharing the blessings.
Review by / (Posted on 4/17/2013)
Excellent reading. Nice voice.
I love listening to this book. It has been my favorite book for some time. Sometimes, I need to go back and refresh my heart. Taking it along with me is a nice way to fix my heart on the road from one place to another.
Review by / (Posted on 4/17/2013)
Always a great read. Want more!
Review by / (Posted on 4/17/2013)
Simply and Powerful
I found this to be a wonderful book. It was clearly laid out and easy to understand. I definitely see the advise given in the book, if put into practice, helping change my life.
Review by / (Posted on 4/16/2013)
Powerful message, practical application
Just days before finding this book, I had been praying for God to change my heart towards a certain situation. Little did I know that God was going to work on my heart in a big way. Reading this opened my heart to changes in anger, guilt, jealousy, and greed. Rick Warren presents them in a way that helped me see the reality of these in my life, how they affect so many aspects of my life, and how to effectively deal with them.
Review by / (Posted on 4/14/2013)
Has Some Wise Advice but Ultimately Man-Centered
Disclaimer (and thanksgiving!): I received the audio for free from

The book has some wise and (largely) biblically-grounded advice about dealing with guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. Don't let the rest of my review detract from the sincerity with which I make that statement.

However, the book and its approach is ultimately man-centered. Other reviewers both here and at Amazon have mentioned that the book is missing the role that the gospel and the Holy Spirit play in fighting sin--and this is a significant oversight on Andy Stanley's part (Rom 8:13). Yet its presentation of sin, God's response to sin, and our response to sin is missing far more -- it's missing a biblical understanding of God's holiness.

In dealing with *sin* (not just our foolishness but our wickedness), the book comes across as merely a Christianized self-help book -- that is, it seems that its ultimate aim is to help us help ourselves to deal with our "heart problems" so that we can have better relationships with other people, avoid the embarrassment that sin brings, and generally feel better about ourselves.

Sin is, however, first and most importantly *against God* and something which we need to repent of. The most significant impact it has on our happiness is its damage to our relationship with God, not the strain that it puts on our relationships with others. Yes, we do need to "break free from the four emotions that control us" but we *first* need to understand that this sin is ultimately against God and that true freedom is not found in the mere absence of guilt/anger/greed/jealousy but in reconciliation with and fellowship with God. Until we confess our sin to God as the egregious rebellion against His perfect will that it truly is, we cannot enjoy that relationship with God and thus will never enjoy true freedom. In fact, we will become like the person in Matthew 12:43-45 who swept the house and put it in order once the demon left, but, since Jesus did not enter the house, the demon returned with seven others "and the last state of that person is worse than the first." But when we confess our sins, seeking reconciliation through the advocacy of Jesus Christ the propitiation for our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from unrighteousness (1 John 1:5-2:6) -- and then, after we have a right view of our sin and have sought reconciliation with God, we can benefit from Andy's and other people's good advice on how to recognize and avoid sin and temptation, keeping His word.

Perhaps Andy Stanley's preaching every Sunday puts a biblical emphasis on confession and repentance as well as Christ's cross-work and the Holy Spirit's role in our sanctification (I don't know -- I'm not a member of the church he preaches for) and thus the sermons on guilt/anger/greed/jealousy and such a book would be valuable to his congregation (valuable because of its relationship to that context). Without such context, however, the book is worse than useless -- it miscommunicates the seriousness of our sin and thus dishonors God in failing to acknowledge His holiness, besides failing to serve its stated purpose of giving us freedom from the sins proceeding from our hearts (see again Matthew 12:43-45).
Review by / (Posted on 4/13/2013)
Spot on!
Andy did a great job of breaking down the way we - especially our US culture - can view life as a transaction: somebody gives and somebody owes. Oh, how the chapters on jealousy hit me right between the eyes! Thank you Andy for following through with God's nudge and wisdom to write this, and thank you christianaudio for giving this truth to us for free - you freely gave to us, and we OWED nothing! Wonderful example of God's grace.
Review by / (Posted on 4/13/2013)
Loved this book.
I loved this book. I listened to the audio version and it was exactly what I needed - expecially the part on forgiveness.
Review by / (Posted on 4/13/2013)
Excellent, Convicting, Very Helpful
I have felt challenged recently to know more about the Heart of God. The bonus of that is that I will have help with my own heart.

This book is doing just that for me!

If you want to delight in God (Ps 37:4), you have to know more about the deceitfulness of your own. Andy helps you with just that!

I highly recommend it!
Review by / (Posted on 4/11/2013)
Excellent and thought provoking
Good thought provoking book
Review by / (Posted on 4/8/2013)
it was so helpful. I recommended my husband listen to it also. Thanks!
Review by / (Posted on 4/8/2013)
Excellent, engaging & well read.
Totally loved this book, found it easy to listen to, engaging, powerful and personally confronting about the true condition of our hearts. It is definitely worth listening to not once, but again in order to facilitate change to take place from within. Thank you for making it available.
Review by / (Posted on 4/7/2013)
Well Read, excellent communicator.
Powerful, engaging and a confronting look into what is in our hearts, with clear guidance about changing our behavior patterns and setting us free. Too good to only hear once but must be learned.
Review by / (Posted on 4/7/2013)
We all need a heart transplant
This is a well-written book that cuts to the heart of the matter. The matter of our heart condition. The author has a very engaging style and draws constant analogies with the "physical" heart and how its condition is assessed and treated. And no, you don't have to be a medical student to get the analogies. The narrator does a good job of expressing the intent of the author and I was very pleased with the narrative performance. Many of us have heard the themes that this book presents, but I believe that the author of "Enemies of the Heart" did a most excellent job of introducing one of our most important struggles in a way that we can understand and that will lead us to make substantive changes in our life (or rather our heart).
Review by / (Posted on 4/5/2013)
Great book and well worth a read (or listen to)
I started listening during the week while on my way to work. It has been a blessing.
Review by / (Posted on 4/4/2013)
practical thoughts on profound problems
I loved this book and appreciated how Andy boiled down some very profound struggles that humans have into simple straight-forward problems, revealing that, in the end, all that we go through has more to do with us and God, than with any other person. I love the practical ways he suggests to face these enemies of our hearts.
Review by / (Posted on 4/2/2013)
Love this book
This book is helpful in my Christian walk
Review by / (Posted on 4/2/2013)
not an Andy Stanley fan...
Andy Stanley presents this revision of "It Came from Within," titled "Enemies of the Heart." This audio edition is narrated by Lloyd James. Stanley writes about guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. Using Scripture, personal anecdotes, and dry humor, Stanley discusses how to set oneself free from these poisons of the heart. James speaks in a confident tone, providing proper inflection with the text, as if he himself wrote it. His narration efforts provide an excellent audio addition to this book.

The Score:
+5 for solid narration
-2 for Andy Stanley
+3 for biblical truth
-2 for slow treatise
= +4

SG recommends the audio edition over the print edition, but perhaps no edition at all...

A copy of the audio book was provided in return for a review of the material.

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Review by / (Posted on 8/19/2011)
A truly great book, read by a passionate narrator
This is my personal review on Enemies of the Heart audiobook by Andy Stanley, as part of christianaudio reviewer program

This is one of the books that I’d trully recommend for others to read (or listen to). Enemies of the Heart strikes deep and makes us to truly identify the most core foundation of what we say and what we do, our heart.

Have you ever wondered what’s your heart condtion at the moment? No, not the physical one. Have you ever wondered why certain nasty things came out from your mouth? Or an action that you did in the past that left you regretting for the whole life? Ask your heart – it’s the place to answer all of your questions.

Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley covers a variety of topics and at all times, he asks us to pause and ponder about the condition of our own heart. He covers the topic beautifully yet authoritatively.

Greed, Lust, Anger, and a few others were discussed in details by Andy Stanley. There are stuffs there that we may not even realize at first (as we often go in “self-defense” mode and say “I’m not like that!”). Well, this book is for those who are willing to let that “self-defense” mode down for a while while they are listening to this audiobook. You’ll get much more that way and let God speaks to you in person through this book.

I totally love this book as God opened up my heart throughout the listening of this audiobook and pinpointed the areas that I needed to work on. There are also many great quotations from the book that I can relate and remember.

The audiobook is beautifully narrated by Lloyd James with a great passion as if he writes the book himself. I truly enjoy listening to the audiobook as Lloyd pauses where the writer really wants us to pause a bit and reflect. Would definitely recommend this book to my friends at church!

Published originally on my Christianity blog at
Review by / (Posted on 8/7/2011)
Good, would have been better with Andy Stanley narrating
I did not realize this when I started, but Enemies of the Heart is a revision of It Came From Within. I have not read It Came From Within, so it is a new book to me, but I know many people have.

This book covers four emotions that damage us: guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. In each case he has a method of how to combat the unhealthy emotion. With guilt, we need to seek forgiveness, not just from God, but from the actual person we wronged. With anger, we need to forgive the people that wronged us, not just generally, but specifically and explicitly. With greed we need to get over the fear that makes us be greedy by being generous. With jealousy we need celebrate those things we might be jealous of in those around us.

The book is based on a series of sermons, but in its current format, it feels a bit like a self help book. This may be partially because I am listening on audio, and it is not Andy Stanley that is narrating. The narrator is not bad, but he sounds like a self help guy. I go to Andy Stanley's church, and this is not how he preaches. It would have been a much better audiobook if Andy Stanley had narrated. Overall, I probably would rate this book a bit higher, if I did not go to Andy Stanley's church, because I have heard a fair bit of the content in other formats.

When glancing through some other reviews, there were several people that complained that this book was about trying harder, not depending on God to overcome these 'enemies of the heart.' I understand their point, and I have a small bit of sympathy for it. But I think it has something to do with how you come into the book. I think there is an underlying assumption in the book that the way that we overcome these enemies is to pray, depend on God and through the power of the Holy Spirit put into practice these methods. I think it is clear from the book that these are not easy things to do. I think it is also clear that you cannot do them on your own. But I do think Stanley could have had another chapter or section about the process of depending on God, seeking after the Holy Spirit for strength and prayer.

The underlying premise of the book is that we do not accidentally overcome these issues. It takes time, effort from us and intentionality, because these problems did not arise overnight. I think the book can be read as self-help if you are not a Christian and that there can be some real benefit. As a Christian this should be read as focusing on Spiritual Disciplines in order to move us toward Sanctification.


I received a free copy of the audiobook from for purposes of review.
Review by / (Posted on 7/25/2011)
Enemies of the Heart
“Enemies of the Heart” is a convicting read about the health of our hearts, not our literal hearts but the state of our hearts before the Lord. Andy Stanley presents for destructive emotions that can take hold in our heart, guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. The first section of the book is about diagnosing these emotions and the second part of the book addresses how to fix these emotions.

This was a good book, the author is very straight forward and has easy to grasp concepts that when applied that can be very useful in our lives. Andy Stanley quotes a lot of scripture to explain his points and all of them are very applicable to life.

“Enemies of the Heart” is the very straightforward and I think it would make for a great Bible Study.

I listened to the audio version of this book and at first I thought thought the narrator was very dull. As the book went on he was easier to listen to and his voice seemed to match the subject matters he was talking about.
Review by / (Posted on 7/23/2011)
A Christianized Self-help Book
Andy Stanley's re-titled book Enemies of the Heart (formerly It Came from Within) is more or less a sermon series adapted into book form. There is much to praise in this book. Andy's ability to tell a story makes him both a talented speaker and writer. There's a warmth to his communication style. Also, his assessment and evaluation of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy are spot on and his solutions to these problems are practical and potentially life-changing.

Yet I'm hesitant to recommend this book. I believe it would accomplish its stated purpose of helping you "break free from four emotions that control you." Yet I have one serious concern about his underlying suppositions. There's no call for prayer or depending on God. Early on he tells his readers that the solution to battling these emotions isn't to try harder. Apparently it is to try smarter with Andy's helpful method. It may be effective, but it is largely devoid of the power and presence of God. There's a lot of God talk, but little emphasis on our dependence on him.

Ultimately the book feels like a Christianized self-help book. Like a teapot with a Bible verse on it doesn't make any better tea, this book shows Christian influence but fails to take the focus off of man and put it on God.

The narrator doesn't adopt the Andy's style of communicating. Reading the text I get a feel for how Andy would say it. Listening to it I get a feel for how the narrator would read it. And those two don't overlap much.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ChristianAudio as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Review by / (Posted on 7/22/2011)
This is not the best of Andy Stanley
Thank you to Christian Audio Reviewers program for access to this audio!

Andy Stanley describes 4 obstacles in the life of a believer (and I would also propose non-believer too) of guilt, anger, greed and jealousy. Through life examples and biblical references, we see how there is no disconnect regarding the prescription for these maladies.

I have wanted to read something by Andy for a while, however with this audio I found it hard to stay focused on the audio due to the narration. Although the topic was enticing and engaging, the narration left something to be desired (and I gave it a fair shot by listening to it a few times before writing this review).

The audio did challenge me to revisit studies have have done on the 4 enemies and it was good for me to revisit my biblical counseling foundations in these areas in my life. Although the author attempted to convey biblical truth I was turned off by the therapeutic gospel elements of the tone of the book.

I must confess however that the information was presented in a cohesive, yet appealing manner and I can give Andy a charitable judgment in that I believe he was attempting to successfully convey Biblical truth. I would not recommend this book to others because I believe that stories, reflections, or revisiting sin history do not take the place of confession (which he does address) or repentance and especially obedience to scripture when it comes to the 4 enemies.
Review by / (Posted on 7/20/2011)
Andy does another round with the heart.
Enemies of the Heart is actually the republishing of It Came From Within. In the original publication Andy has an introduction that is cut from the new edition. Also, the whole “creature feature” artwork and style is cut from this edition. I love this about the original edition. It seems that the reformatting is to appeal to a more wide audience. In the original intro Andy gives us the rundown on the plot for the movie Aliens. It applies to what he talks about in the book. Since it is rated R, people will be offended. Small minded, I know. The content of this audio book is worth putting in a format that can go out to a wider audience. I can look past the changes if it means more people will listen to the content of the book.

Andy did a sermon series around the time the original edition was publish by the same name. I highly recommend this sermon series. It rates among my favorites of Andy and has made a significant impact on me.

The narrator is Lloyd James. He has a great resume for narrating books for authors such as Randy Alcorn, Eugene Peterson, John Piper, and many others. His proficiency is evident in his narration of Enemies of the Heart. My preference is for the authors to read their own works, especially when it is a communicator I really enjoy listening to. Andy Stanley is one of my favorites.

In Enemies of the Heart Andy focuses in on four emotions that seem to constantly overtake us in our lives: guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. He goes in depth why a person has a tendency to give in to these four emotions. It is all rooted in our hearts. In Matthew 15:18 Jesus says “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (ESV). Using this scripture along with Jeremiah 17:9 Andy probes in deep when we have those times in our lives that we exclaim “I can’t believe I just said that,” “I don’t know where that came from,” “I can’t believe I did that,” or “That’s not like me.” Those things that we say or do actually come from deep inside of us. They come from our hearts. We just filter them most of the time.

The four emotions: guilt, anger, greed, and jealously can the most detrimental to our hearts. Andy gives us excellent, but practical advise on bringing those emotions out of us so we can confront them. By bringing our guilt out in the open, answering anger with forgiveness, letting generosity stamp out greed, and using celebration to curb jealousy we can overcome these enemies of the heart.

In the last part of the book Andy takes time to discuss lust. He explains that we were created to lust. It has a place within our marriages to be directed at our spouse. This is an issue that we are usually encouraged to stamp out of our hearts. Andy tells us it is an emotion to be managed within marriage.

If you are someone who might be struggling with any of these issues, this book is highly recommended. It still can be a great read for anyone interested in probing to have a deeper understanding of the heart.
Review by / (Posted on 7/15/2011)
Problems we all have
Andy Stanley tackles the subject of the heart in Enemy of the Heart. This book is a very enjoyable, but I wish Andy had actually been the narrator. The narrator does a great job, but Andy is such a great communicator

Andy says that the 4 enemies are the heart are: guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. He breaks these down into very manageable and easy to understand sections. Andy always does a great job of making concepts easy to understand.

There were multiple times when listening to this book, that I had to pause and reflect on what I had heard and that is very rare for me.

Do yourself a favor and buy this book now.

I received this book as apart of the reviewers program.
Review by / (Posted on 7/10/2011)
Great "Heart" Diagnosis
This book does a wonderful job at diagnosing the root of the problem. Obviously, it identifies the core issue of who we are: sinners in need of God's grace. But more so than that, it pinpoints the areas in life that sin targets and explains how certain heart issues, such as greed, jealousy, anger, and guilt take root.

Stanley includes metaphors and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Well written and very helpful.

The narrator for this work was equally as fantastic.
Review by / (Posted on 5/27/2011)