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Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever [Paperback]

By Joseph David Huneycutt (Author) & Basil (Preface by)
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DEFEATING SIN will help readers to better understand the disease that troubles the human soul. DEFEATING SIN will prove an invaluable aid for those engaged in spiritual warefare, helping them make that U-turn from the passions toward the virtues. Christians of all denominational backgrounds will benefit from the ancient wisdom of the Church Fathers and the perpetual call to repentance. Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and Anglicans will find the book's helpful guides for making a good Confession memorable, indispensable--a must

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Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Regina Orthodox Press
ISBN  1928653316  
ISBN13  9781928653318  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fr. Joseph David Huneycutt, best selling author of One Flew Over the Onion Dome - American Orthodox Converts, Retreads and Reverts, has led retreats on the Passions, Virtues, and Confession around the country. He is the Associate Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston TX.

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An uplifting, wonderful book.  Apr 18, 2008
A wonderful book. After reading it, I felt humbled and determined that I could be better, the "struggle" the other reviewers refer to. The author manages to make this topic uplifting, rather than condemning, and when I was finished I felt reflective and rejuvenated.
I recommend (and have recommended it - today, in fact!) it heartily.
Intro to Metanoia (repentance)  Mar 23, 2008
"Defeating Sin" is a bold proposition that many will consider either presumptuous or absurd. But those who venture past the guardian angel on the cover will find that it's all about the life-long process of metanoia (repentance). Fr. Huneycutt is an Orthodox priest who is also gifted at blogging and podcasts. This, his second book, is not intended to be a treatise on the subject, but a decent introduction to repentance (the means toward defeating sin). He starts with simple definitions and a mnemonic for the passions and virtues, and then relates them to both common and Biblical situations using illustrations, excerpts from various ancient and modern writers, and meditations. All of this then culminates in practical advice on how to begin the life-long process of transforming our passions into virtues (i.e., defeating sin).
revising your life  Mar 21, 2008
To often I read spiritual books and fail to act on them. Fr. Joseph Huneycutt in "Defeating Sin" directly leads me toward the action that is so crucial- by God's grace and Divine energies to confess and forsake my vices and apply myself to the virtues.
Part I is deep- explaining our predicament in terms of Adam and Eve and the two trees and how that impacts us. The "Preparation section for confessing our passions, our sins" is also challenging, uncomfortably so.
Part II, the Meditations, are a great help in getting a handle on it all. The first one on St. Ephraim's prayer will speak not only to Orthodox Christians, but to all, in terms of the movements we must make to repent. And the other meditations approach the same goal from various angles so that surely one will bring home what needs to be done- especially the last one, concerning the two trees, which lead to death or life.
The book is an invaluable aid toward the action of conforming one's attitudes and actions to the likeness of Christ.
Life-changing  Mar 9, 2008
It is in my humble opinion that this book, that Fr. Joseph wrote, by the Grace of God, is life-changing to those who read it.

Fr. Joseph in the way he explains the origin of sin, the vices and virtues, is visual to the mind. Very easy to understand and remember.

Also, how he explains choice and exercising the free will that God has given us and how we are to choose virtue and how vice can not only deceive us yet even numb us and enslave us to addiction.

The truth that he speaks of, that God is love, Christ is the way, and for us, trust and obedience starting always with a good confession and repentance gives the reader a clear path to pursue and point of start.

Finally, the point he makes which is of course true, that struggle is good, what a relief, a welcome relief so that one does not fall into despair working out his salvation. This truth gives the reader courage and confidence to continue on, moving forward as he also states, always with the loving aid and Grace of God, especially when he falls.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously considering or already trying to please and serve God. I truly feel they would benefit greatly and be blessed by reading it. Life-changing!

A most excellent guide to defeating the Passions as the Church Fathers would suggest  Mar 9, 2008
Having recently completed my second reading of this work by the Good Father Huneycutt, I must say (from a personal perspective) that this is a very worthwhile and interesting read. One could almost say that this should be the explanatory companion of St. John Climacus' "Ladder of Divine Ascent" for modern-day, English-speaking laity.

Though written for Orthodox Christians, this volume could also be helpful to the explorative members of the heterodox community as well. Despite the rejection of the "Seven Deadly Sins" by many of the protestant and baptist-rooted communities, this book explains them in detail as to who and what they are, and how they are truly the root passions inherent in the sinful nature of Man (plus, as a bonus, it was written originally in English, so it's not a terse translation into large words and pseudo-King James English, so it's a lot easier to understand right off the bat)

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