In the wilderness, Satan tempted Jesus in the most unlikely ways—through independence, religion, and success. The enemy’s goal for us is the same, convincing us to enjoy the gifts of this world while making the Giver optional in our quest for life.
But by learning to live in the Spirit, lies are exposed and moments of temptation are turned into powerful displays of conviction and character, bringing us closer to Jesus and who we are to become. Then temptation, through the victory of Jesus, can become an opportunity that slingshots our faith into a place where we can actively experience freedom in the Spirit.
- It was good
I found this book to be interesting and thought provoking. I like how Chaddick draws a good amount of his illustrations from Christ's life, Peter's life, and his own. But some of the illustrations he draws from his own life seem kind of weird (not bad, weird). I do think it is a good idea to sometimes use illustrations from one's own life when speaking on different topics and/or scriptures but it seems somewhat like he was trying a little to hard with some (like using HDTV home renovating shows).
In the last chapter (called, "This is Your Legacy") Chaddick is talking about how we should live as Christians for not only our sake but for the sake of others and he talks about some of the things we should be focused on and at one point he says that we can serve God and at the same time not know God (which does happen as even Satan is under God's rule), but it cannot be so in the life of a true believer. Then a little later on he says that claiming to serve God without knowing God is wrong,
"..if we claim just to know and not serve, then we are disobeying and disregarding everything He has called us to do.."
Which, again, is true of believers but not unbelievers. And then it sounds like he goes back to the idea that true Christians really can serve God without knowing Him, etc, etc. Over all I found him somewhat hard to follow at the last part. The rest of the book was pretty good and I found the last chapter convicting.
The reader of the audio book (Adam Verner) did a good job, not amazing, but good.
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- Challenging and Encouraging
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Narrator Thoughts: Adam did a wonderful job of reading this book. He was clear, even and calming. I thought it was a perfect choice for a book on temptation.
Book Thoughts: Far and Away this is the best book on temptation I have ever read. I think one of the most powerful elements in this book was that he took the wholistic approach to temptation. Talking about desires, day dreams, thought life, and everything inbetween Tim helps us to see how the key to overcoming temptation is not just saying no. It's a lifestyle that is focused on God and lives for Him. As we do that, saying no to temptation becomes easier. It is still there, but as we focus on God, temptions hold becomes less.
I was encouraged, challenged, and strengthened as I read this book.
I highly recommend it to anyone who is wanting to grow closer to God and know how to overcome temption.
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- Practical Guide to Battling Temptation
Tim Chaddick's approach is very practical and very real. Humans have the tendency to think about temptation in the extremes of socially unacceptable sins, such as murder, but tend to balk at harboring anger at another in their hearts. Chaddick gets to the root of this thinking by exposing the lies that we tell ourselves about temptation. Temptation is an area in the Christian life in which everyone wants to be free from it until we actually start to face the implications of such a life. Because of my tendency to fall into sin, I once had a friend tell me after putting a block on my computer to my stern objection, "What price are you willing to pay for righteousness?" That is the implication of this book. A righteous life cannot be pursued without some sort of a trade-off. Chaddick also demonstrates that battling temptation is not so much a matter of will as it is a matter of surrendering to God's grace day after day. Temptation is not a sin; giving into it is. But for those who battle against that urge to give in, they will draw strength from the Holy Spirit to continue to defeat the flesh one day at a time. If you truly desire to battle against the flesh, read this book and join the battle with the millions who have gone before and share in the victory. I received this book as a part of a reviewing program from christianaudio in exchange for an honest review.
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- Chaddick explores this crucial topic with both wit and scholarship in a way that is easily approachable.
Tim Chaddick, co-author of the highly successful book Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning, again captures readers with a contemporary book that deals with a universal theme that touches our daily lives: The Truth About Lies. In his newest book, Chaddick explores this crucial topic with both wit and scholarship in a way that is easily approachable by the average reader. Although there is room to grow for this budding author, Chaddick presents a work that is sure to both bless and benefit many of his readers.
Perhaps the greatest strength of Chaddick is his author’s voice. He uses a blend of humor, personal experience, and clear tone to make the readers feel like they are in a conversation more than a lecture. Too often, authors are so busy with their rapid fire proof-texting that they don’t take time to create a good, narrative voice. While there’d nothing wrong with having abundant support, Chaddick demonstrates that in can be integrated into the narrative without overwhelming the listener.
By focusing on one or two stories in a chapter, Chaddick is able to demonstrate his points clearly. For instance, when he talks about how lies affect our daily lives, he picks two stories from David’s life: the story of Goliath and the story of Bathsheba. By offering two clear counterpoints, the author is able to not only show two extremes in Christian life, but also draw parallels that make the listener see the danger of lies in a different light.
Structurally, Chaddick has mixed results. His individual chapters are excellent. Not only are they clear and consistent, but also they are broken down into sections that make the overall message of the chapter clear. By doing this, the author allows the listeners to process big ideas by letting them see the individual parts of that idea and how they work together. The chapters read like well-written sermons. The downside of this is that the book reads like each chapter could (and should) be on its own – like a sermon set or a conference with various speakers.
As a result, the overall story-arch doesn’t have this same quality as the individual chapters. While all his chapters are on point with his topic of lies, there frequently isn’t a smooth transition from one chapter to another. Additionally, there isn’t an overly discernable structure that would imply why he put the chapters (particularly the middle chapters) in the order he did. If the book is being used as a weekly group study this won’t be a problem, but when listening to it in a single setting (or two) it can be off-putting.
Adam Verner did an amazing job as always. Anyone who has heard the voice work that he has done for DeYoung’s books can attest to the fact that he is one of the best narrators in the Christian audio market. Verner has the ability to not only read clearly and with good modulation, but also to bring out the personality of the author. When reading something by an author like Chaddick (whose personality is not only apparent but also a great strength of the writing) this unique ability is absolutely paramount.
A copy of the book was generously offered to Dr. Nicholson by christianaudio.com in exchange for this unbiased review.
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