Jealousy - The Sin No One Talks about: How to Overcome Envy & Live a Life of Freedom Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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About the Author
R. T. Kendall is author of the best-selling title "Total Forgiveness." Born in Ashland, Kentucky, he was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Oxford University, and was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, England, for twenty-five years. Known internationally as a speaker and teacher, Dr. Kendall is also the author of more than forty-five books, including" The Sensitivity of the Spirit, The Thorn in the Flesh, Grace, Pure Joy, Imitating Christ," ""and" The Anointing: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow." Visit his Web site at www.rtkendallministries.com.
Top customer reviews
What I found: the book which can be described with one sentence - envy/jealousy in the bible and its interpretation.
From the first look and the introduction the book seems interesting - information on different jealousy types and most important - the ways of overcoming jealousy. Unfortunately all the above mentioned things are described and interpreted from the bible's point of view. The book consists of quotes (from the book written more than 2000 years ago and not even in English language), which are rigorously interpreted to show how some biblical character was jealous. Most examples are about kings and Jesus followers from the times when social structure and lifestyle barely assimilated ours; some are from author's preaching experiences. Finally - the strategies are all somehow connected to God and just few to psychology (seemingly unimportant thing?), which for non practicing catholic like me does not come in handy.
Just some quotes to illustrate author's point of view: "The question is: what should you do when jealousy first sets in? Answer: you go to your knees. You pour out your complaint to the Lord. You confess your weakness and insecurity". "Being the best that ever was is not God's desire for any of us! Give up on that! Put in its place a burning desire to receive the honor, glory, praise, and approval that comes from God only...". "Let God exalt you. Let Him fight your battles, and let him vindicate you - no matter how long it takes". "Because Herod "did not give praise to God," an angel of the Lord struck him down, "and he was eaten by worms and died" (Acts 12:21-23)". "...the Holy Spirit never promotes us to the level of incompetence. We may promote ourselves, other may promote us, but not the Holy Spirit. He knows what we are good at, what we are not good at, and what the Father has called us to do".
And finally the ways (13) of overcoming ones jealousy - admit it to yourself, confess it to God, practice total forgiveness, Remember that God decides what people should think of you etc.
One of the few things that I totally agreed with was the phrase: "to the non-Christian and the one not devoted to God's glory, this chapter will not only make no sense, but it could also be dismissed out of hand.". I would paraphrase it a bit and conclude "to the non-Christian and the one not devoted to God's glory, this BOOK will not only make no sense, but it could also be dismissed out of hand."
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Step 1) Admit it to yourself. *Check!*
Thank you R.T. Kendall for this! It has made a difference!
Definitely give it a try.