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Overview "Guarding Your Heart Against Lust"
Lust isn¿t just a guy problem - it¿s a human problem. And unless we honestly confront it, lust will destroy our relationships and our lives. Joshua Harris, author of the runaway bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye, calls a generation bombarded with images of sexual sin back to the freedom and joy of holiness. This ¿PG-rated¿ book - straightforward without being graphic - speaks to those entrenched in lust or just flirting with temptation. Honestly sharing his own struggles, Harris exposes lust¿s tactics and helps readers create a personal plan for fighting back. Men and women will find hope in God¿s grace and learn the secrets to lasting change.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.32" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.73" Weight: 54 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
ISBN 1590521471 ISBN13 9781590521472
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More About Joshua Harris
Joshua Harris is senior pastor of Covenant Life in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which belongs to the Sovereign Grace network of local churches. He is the author of Why Church Matters and several books on relationships, including the run-away bestseller, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. He and his wife, Shannon, have three children. Find out more at www.joshharris.com.
Joshua Harris lived in the state of Maryland. Joshua Harris was born in 1863 and died in 1918.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Not Even a Hint: Guarding Your Heart Against Lust?
Practical, Bible-centered methods to fight lust for both men and women Aug 7, 2005
I got this book looking for ideas on how to share the topic of lust with our youth group. What I found was a very practical, Biblically-centered, and informative approach on how both men and women can tackle the immense problem of lust. I quickly found myself realizing that this book was not only good enough for our youth group, but for me, and even for our entire congregation. This will definitely be a future topic in our ministry, both to the teens and to the adults.
I like this book. Harris is not afraid to say what needs to be said. You know that he is like the "rest of us" because as you read the book, you find yourself thinking .. yes I've thought that before ... oh my I did that too ... good grief, is he reading my mind?
Mr. Harris offers some very simple ideas (but not necessarily easy ones) for combating lust in our lives. For example, he asks the reader to take stock as to when and where lust strikes so that we can understand how the problem occurs and how to take steps to fight it. He uses the Bible to show not only the dangers of lust, but also to show solutions to the problem. The book does not offer a "formula" that will help you win the fight. But Mr. Harris expertly points out just how society is permeated with lustful images and innuendos. And like it or not, these things influence and de-sensitize us to the real problems of lust.
The book is a very light read; you could put this one away in one sitting. But you might just find yourself going through it many times because there is a lot of practical advice and strategy to be learned. The book is highly recommended for both men and women, married or single alike. It could just be one of the most important books you will read for a long time.
Every Christian should read this book! Jul 27, 2005
This is the most concise, relatable and least judgemental book I have ever read on this topic! Josh Harris hits the nail on the head as he explains (to both men AND women) God's biblical plans for sex and marriage. He inspires us and gives us hope, as well as the tools to deal with lust and ungodly desires in a world full of temptation and where immorality runs rampant. He is brave enough to take a true Christian's stand and to share from his personal struggles and triumphs. He gives us tons of practical advice as well. I appreciate his advice on how to deal with the often overtly sexual media that bombards us every day, especially movies and tv shows. Every unmarried Christian should read this, and I'm certain there are married ones who could benefit from Josh's lessons as well. I have already bought copies for some of my friends!
Simple and AMAZING! Jul 15, 2005
This book is a wonderful must have for any teen or pre-teen. What am I saying! ANYONE with a problem with lust and sexual sin. Joshua Harris has taken what so many drag through the gutter to explain and put it into Biblical terms. The word masturbation appears in the book but no explanation as to what it is, how it is done, what exactly you think about or how it feels. I say this because I got a Focus on the Family book that I thought would be helpful. I got a younger than my son one thinking it would have less detail. Not the case! The Focus on the Family book uses parents as an example and went into some detail that I KNOW would have made our son cringe! What kid wants to think of their dad feeling up their mom!!?? So, I hesitated to get another book, especially after reading the first few pages of this one on-line and seeing the word masturbation. I thought....here we go again another sexually frustrated Christian writing a book!! This is NOT the case with Not Even A Hint. The book is one that anyone can read and understand. Joshua Harris uses the Word of God to explain why this is wrong and what damage "harmless" lust can cause for yourself, your future, and your future relationships. My son and husband are going through this book and the workbook for guys together and discussing the topics. Mr. Harris explains the difference between the sex God intended for us to enjoy as husband and wife and the lust that Satan has out there to destroy that. I highly recommend this book for boys, girls, women, and men of all ages. It is a must have especially in today's world!
A Different Kind of Purity Book May 6, 2005
Most books on purity operate on the assumption that men are sex crazed animals and that women dont struggle with lust at all. Such pigeonholing is all too typical in these types of studies, which makes Not Even A Hint a different kind of book.
Instead of being solely directed at men, it delineates lust as a human problem, not just a male problem, and poignantly tells the feminine side of the story. Instead of plunging you into meaningless psychobabble or a list of dos and donts, it elevates the gospel as the means of overcoming the issue and living in the freedom of grace.
Harris touches on a number of issues with brevity and even gingerly deals with the subject of masturbation in a surprisingly approachable and readable way. He also reflects on the thorny issues of mens and womens differences and similarities, clothing, common temptations, accountability, and even a "game plan." This is the kind of book I wouldn't mind reading again. Most books on this subject are a bear, and I usually cant wait to be done with them.
Though at times he seems a bit prudish (a la I Kissed Dating Goodbye) the "Josh-Harris-boogeyman" that allegedly exhorts men not to talk to women, and encourages women to wear burlap sacks wherever they go is quickly dispelled after only a few pages of very humble and honest writing about a rather touchy subject.
Kiss your sexuality goodbye, too! Mar 11, 2005
Since, as I expect, those most likely to read this book are those most likely to agree wholeheartedly with its perspective, I am not surprised that it has received so few negative reviews. Let's be honest: with "Not Even a Hint," Joshua Harris is, essentially, preaching to the choir! I am a single (never married) Christian man and a self-described "moderate" Baptist. As such, I would be in Mr. Harris' "choir" on many points of Christian belief, but, on this issue of lust, I cannot sit in his "Amen corner."
"Not Even a Hint" is not a bad book, so much as a pretty good book with some not-so-good ideas. It is, like the subject of lust itself, a bundle of contradictions. In the interest of brevity, I cannot possibly detail all of them here. Suffice it to say that, if I apply the same literal interpretation to Mr. Harris' words that he does to the Bible, I find it impossible to figure out how he ever met, dated (courted?), and married his wife without committing the sin of lust over and over again!
If Joshua Harris' view of lust is indeed God's view, then our sexuality is surely not a "gift" from God, as we Christians say that we believe, but instead a cruel joke, a "limbo" bar of righteousness set so impossibly low that no one can pass under it and still stand. Mr. Harris' teaching on lust, as I have concluded, comes down to this: in order to avoid lust, a person has to extinguish not only the occasionally raging fires of sexual desire, but also the smoldering embers of sexuality from which they came. His advice to Christians is, as he would argue, a prescription for "purity" and "holiness;" in fact, I believe that it is unnecessarily severe, and that such continual suppression of one's sexuality would lead almost invariably to increased feelings of guilt, shame, and spiritual worthlessness, with litte more than a hint of the grace, mercy, and forgiveness that he promises.
In contrast, many single Christians are, I believe, desperate for some "good news" about their sexuality, something more than what has been described as the "condoning-condemning" message of the church; unfortunately, this book is not it. If anything, "Not Even a Hint" only reinforces the confusion and frustration created by the "sex is good/sex is bad" mentality. Actually, it is worth reading, if for no other reason than to gain a clear understanding of what many - but certainly not all -Christians really believe on this issue. As an encouraging and constructive affirmation of sexuality in general, however, it falls well short of the mark.