- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (Oct. 16 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581346492
- ISBN-13: 978-1581346497
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #374,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Overcoming Sin And Temptation Paperback – Oct 16 2006
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About the Author
Known as the "theologian's theologian," JOHN OWEN (16161683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology.
Kelly M. Kapic is professor of biblical and theological studies at Covenant College in Georgia. Kapic and his wife have two children.
Justin Taylor (PhD candidate, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) issenior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books includingA God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs atBetween Two Worldshosted by the Gospel Coalition.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Dont Waste Your Life,This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, andDoes God Desire All to Be Saved?
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The text and the structure have been modernized and footnoted to provide this reader a far less arduous task in understanding and following Owen’s argument and development. Owen’s three books—Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers; Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It; and Indwelling Sin—are readable to me! This volume is a boon to me, and I am certain it will prove so to many others.
As to the content of Overcoming Sin and Temptation, Owen impressed me in these ways:
This book is not for the casual tourist. The subject matter is too important to allow a frivolous approach, and Owen treats the matter of overcoming sin and temptation seriously and comprehensively. This is warfare, and Owen is uncompromising in rooting out and defeating sin and temptation.
Owen is realistic. There is no easy solution here, no magic bullet. Clearly, this is a life-long battle. He steers the reader away from misguided, half-hearted, or ill-conceived remedies and makes crystal clear what mortification of sin requires in its importance and involvement.
These is a strong pastoral note of encouragement and challenge. Owen knows the dangers and pulls no punches. But he provides spiritual encouragement and strongly reminds the reader that he or she is not alone. The Holy Spirit is involved at every step. This battle is joined in the power of God and for the glory of God.
Great battles require great warriors. John Owen is such a warrior. I have no choice but to join in the battle. And Owen points to the Great Warrior—Jesus Christ—who guarantees the outcome. This is a book I will return to again and again. I cannot commend it enough.
Thank you to Crossway for providing a complimentary copy of this book through the Blog Review Program.
If you are troubled by your sin in any way - frustrated, downcast, hopeless - or even broken over the fact that you can't feel those things, this book is for you. The only thing I will mention that makes this a difficult read is the structure of the thing (even though its slightly edited to be easier). But if you truly want to learn yourself and why you still sin, and begin to truly put an end to it, it will be worth it for you.
Praying that if you are lead to pick this one up it will be used to bless you.
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I would really like to find other men who could have an interest in discussing the content of this book online. Maybe a facebook group or simple email exchange. I'm open to thoughts on this. I think this could be helpful and motivating and could help clarify some of the topics that Owen tackles.