When Godly People Do Ungodly Things Hardcover – Apr 1 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Beth Moore has emerged as a popular speaker and writer in Christian circles, her Bible studies embraced by church groups across the country. Her latest full-length book, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Finding Authentic Restoration in the Age of Seduction, holds to her trademark conversational writing style (including the overuse of italics and hyperbole). Its message is disappointingly simplistic, choosing such easy targets as Internet pornography as evidence for satanic seduction, and even using diagrams of stick figures to prove her points. A New Voice in New Thought?
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About the Author
BETH MOORE is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries.
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, I liked the message of the book. It is very difficult to live in a holy manner given the ungodliness that we face everyday in modern society. This book helps to understand the challenge, and offers an approach to prepare for the spiritual battles that you may face. Her warning that mature Christians may face the toughest battles is well placed since we do not talk much about it within the Christian community. I particularly liked her one analogy of "the lion is in the yard" - this section of the book is well done.
The book also offers a plan of restoration particularly aimed at those believers who have veered from the straight and narrow path. Although her message is simple, it is biblically based and may be useful for someone who is not sure what to do about the mess they have made of their life.
My main negative about the book is that her writing is not very concise. She writes likes she talks and includes a few too many personal comments throughout the text. Having said that, it is just a minor distraction, not a major irritation.
This book offers a wake-up call to the church about sin. We face an enemy who is ruthless in his approach to destroy our lives, or distract us from our call to follow Jesus. By reading this book you will be prepare yourself for the battle we face. If you do not think that we are in a battle then I suggest you read this book in order to face up to the reality of the challenges Christians face, even mature ones.
Moore here does not seek to be informative, but inspiring. There are many other volumes on the market that offer much better insight into the darkness of human nature. If a person is desiring that sort of deeper understanding, then this book is not the one to purchase. If a person is looking to find motivation to overcome his/her darker side however, then this title is the one to choose.
Moore divides her work into three basic sections: the Warning, the Watchman, and the Way Home. The Warning section describes the attacks Satan makes against devout believers. The Watchman section unfolds ways in which a disciple's defenses can be strengthened to resist such attacks. The Way Home section, as the title implies, points Christians in the right direction to recover from having succumbed to temptation and seduction from the Enemy.
I recommend this book highly to persons who are intent upon living consecrated, victorious lives for Jesus Christ. Moore's honesty, transparency and humility serve only to strengthen the arguments she presents. This one is not a book to miss!
1. It does not address carnality. Sinnners are already lost - they are not Godly.
2. It does not address frauds. People that pretend to be Christians but lead a life opposed to God are sinners dressing up as lovers of God. She points out that just because someone fails does not mean they are fraudulent. Fraudulent believers never really lived for God anyway.
This book adresses people who walk with God daily, yet fall into pits of sin doing unGodly things.
2 Corinthians 11
2 For I am zealous for you with a godly eagerness and a divine jealousy, for I have betrothed you to one Husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Secondly, Some Christains believe it is not possible to be seduced one once you are a Christian. Beth Moore writes that this is false and is proved true by the above scripture (among others). Christians are being seduced TODAY. Consider David - a man after God's own heart - He fell into an adulterous relationship and didn't realize what he had done until the prophet revealed it to him! She writes that those of us who are already walking with God need to beware. We are living in the age of seduction and we who walk with God can fall into traps. Knowing this, we should feel the sense of urgency to guard ourselves against being deceived.
Beth Moore explains that she has received countless letters from true believers that have fallen into traps. Godly people that have a history of walking with God, but fall into sin share some common denominators that she shares in this book.
I highly recommend that every believer in Jesus Christ should read this book - now.
Most recent customer reviews
Some Christains think it is not possible to be seduced into sin once you become a believer in Christ. Beth Moore proves this to be wrong in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pran
Great read for the believer. Hope for full restoration and deep healing even if one doesn't think they need it.Published 17 months ago by D. ELBOURNE
This is a needed message for this time in history! So many find themselves caught in this web of deceptive seduction. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2014 by Thelma Ten Hove
I love Beth Moore and her studies. She is a woman used of God and ministers the word with passion and accuracy. This study will change the way you see people and mostly yourself. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2014 by karen
I just finished the study, Why Godly People do Ungodly Things, and it was life altering for me. I felt that God had challenged me to move another step in my journey of trusting... Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Tempie
Beth Moore opens up every believer to the truth that 'it can happen to you.' She tells quite plainly of secenarios which could cause a child of God to fall into the trap of... Read morePublished on March 24 2004
She gets into what we all need to be dealing with and addresses it from a powerful biblical perspective. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004