Thursday, December 6, 2007

It Came from Within!: The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart

I'd like to share a great Bible study book with you: It Came from Within!: The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart by Andy Stanley. I recently participated in a 6-week Sunday School Class study that used this book (and video). I mainly did it because I'm pretty sure the author is the pastor for one of my friends. Plus, it has a great cover! LOL And, of course, the content sounded great.

Well, the content was great. And the videos were excellent as well. Andy Stanley is an amazing speaker, and his message right on the mark (in my opinion). I was going to list the topics we covered, but just found a great summary in a Publisher's Weekly review found on

From Publishers Weekly: I can't believe I said that!" These words formed the catalyst for Stanley's new book about the hurtful emotions that can reside in the Christian heart. As pastor of a large Atlanta-area congregation, Stanley has had many opportunities to see the results of what he calls "spiritual heart disease." He identifies four "life-blocking agents" that can damage our hearts permanently: guilt, anger, greed and jealousy. Stanley reviews each one, then offers a more detailed diagnosis using the Bible and his life experiences. The bottom line, he says, is "a debt-to-debtor dynamic that always causes an imbalance." Anger says, "You owe me"; greed says, "I owe me"; guilt says, "I owe you"; and jealousy says, "God owes me." Especially useful are Stanley's antidotes to these heart problems, transcending mere platitudes to hands-on, life-changing actions. Feel guilty? Confess. Angry? Forgive. Greedy? Give generously. Jealous? Celebrate others' success. Stanley's breezy, conversational tone is both humorous and pointed, and his knowledge of old horror movies (referenced in the title and the book's content) adds a unique touch. Additional chapters on how to teach these heart-healthy principles to children and a discussion of lust round out this hard-hitting, fun-loving book. (Feb.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

This was an amazing book, and if you can get your hands on the video to go along with it (maybe see if your church can purchase it for classes to use), you'll be changed by it.

Now, for miscellaneous matters.... I want to celebrate our blog member, Angie Breidenbach, for being named Mrs. Missoula (Montana) 2008!! Congratulations, Angie!!! :-)



  1. Ah, thanks Missy:-D
    This Bible study sounds really good!

  2. Congrats to Ang.

    Missy, the study sounds great. I have an audio cd set from Andy Stanley that someone let me borrow. It is really good as well.

    ps--what are you doing up at 2.32 am?

  3. The Stanley family has a wealth of inspirational and enlightening books and studies. Thanks for sharing about Andy's book.

    Congrats Angie!!

  4. Sounds like a great study.

    Congrats, Ang.

  5. Angie, When did this happen? Did I miss an email when I switched to a new computer??? Major Congrats!!

    I was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning having a meltdown over my writing. My husband didn't know what to do with me. I don't know what to do with me. I have to accept the fact that I've got to work a full-time job right now. You'd think I'd be there by now. Hmm?

  6. Oh, Jenn, I'm so sorry! Those moments (and frustrations) are so hard.

    Hang in there.