Monday, August 06, 2012

Fatal Distractions

Let me ask you: What distracts you from following Jesus? If you're like me then your list is pretty long. We live in a society characterized by distractions. But we're not unique. Throughout history men and women have struggled against distraction. 

While our list of distractions is long, there are a few distractions that are more damaging than others. Those are addressed in Kay Arthur's devotional/Bible study, Fatal Distractions.

She addresses six distractions that could potentially take us out of the game: Pride, Anger, Jealousy, Greed, Gluttony and Slothfulness. These have been commonly referred to as the seven deadly sins (minus Lust). Throughout history these sins have caused more damage than we can imagine. And if we're not paying attention they could take us out as well.

If you're familiar with anything Kay's done then you know she uses a ton a Scripture. She uses it to define the distraction, illustrate the distraction and show us a way out of the distraction. I love that because the God's Word is our best weapon in the fight against temptation.

This book is meant to be used in a group setting, but I used it as a devotional. I think it's powerful in both settings because it exposes sins that all of us struggle with, but that none of us want to talk about. That's why they are fatal. 

This was such a powerful tool that I'm thinking of using it in a future sermon series. 

You can find out more information here. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


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