Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Book Review: Fatal Distractions

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 I am somewhat new to Precept Ministries and the work that Kay Arthur does, but I must say that I have been impressed so far.  Finding material for a ladies' Sunday School class can be so difficult, but I am excited about this Bible study.  Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations by Kay Arthur, David and BJ Lawson is part of the 40 Minute Bible Studies Series.  It is marketed as a "6-week, no-homework Bible study" and is only about 100 pages in length.  (If you have worked with a Bible study group, you know how challenging it can be to get everyone to read the lesson ahead of time so that you can discuss it when you meet.)  The verses for the study are right there in the book (from the NASB), and the questions guide you through the material.  This particular study covers pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness, and greed with a focus on one temptation per week.  I particularly like how the authors have included some suggestions for the leader in the front of the book, so that even someone inexperienced can start out on the right foot.

My issue with the book is just something to keep in mind as opposed to an actual problem with the book.  A "no-homework Bible study" is probably a misnomer though definitely appealing to the average person.  The fact is that spiritual growth takes prayer, individual study, and effort - all of which requires TIME.  You can say that you want to change and conquer _______ sin, but that requires more than just wishful thinking.  Don't get me wrong - it is a work of the Holy Spirit.  But I believe we have a part to play in all of that.  Obviously the authors are aware of this because they list at the end of each lesson things for the participants to pray about and consider during the week (wait. . .that sounds a little like homework.)

If you lead the group and make each person aware of this, then I think you will be on the right track and will benefit from this study.  The authors have done a great job of focusing each week on the Bible and allowing God to speak through it.  Ideally, each lesson should be a great springboard to encourage each person to dig into God's Word for themselves during the week.  Using an inductive method of study allows each person to gain confidence in reading and understanding the Bible for themselves.  This is such a great resource and I look forward to using this and other studies in the series in our ministry.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
If you would like to get more information on this book then go here or if you would like more author information then go here.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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