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Overview Drawing from Indwelling Sin and The Mortification of Sin by Puritan John Owen, Lundgaard aims for the heart with a battle plan for radical spiritual transformation! His biblically sound principles on breaking the cycle of sin will help you live a victorious and fulfilling Christian life. Includes study questions.
Publishers Description Drawing from two masterful works by John Owen, Kris Lundgaard offers insight, encouragement, and hope for overcoming the enemy within.
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1998
Publisher P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN 0875522017 ISBN13 9780875522012
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More About Kris Lundgaard
Lundgaard served for eight years as associate pastor of University Presbyterian Church in America, Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is a manager with Dell Computer Corporation. He has a B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson campus).
Reviews - What do customers think about Enemy Within?
Kill Sin! Mar 19, 2007
That's what we thought we should have printed on our next bumper stickers (those of us who have them) after several of us in our congregation read this book recently. Though the work will be hard, the inspiration that Lundgaard gives from Scripture makes you truly want to pursue with the Spirit the righteousness of God. This book, which is very accessible but with much depth, does not condemn, but it sure does challenge!
A soon to be Classic Oct 13, 2005
This book has to be one of the most outstanding books I have read in a long time. What a clear and well ilustrated book. I have used it's contents in my messages, in my counseling sessions and have given it as a reading assignment to my students. It has the makings of a classic.
Gavin Aitken Professor of Biblical Counseling at Brazil's Word of LIfe Seminary
Wow - Great Book!! Sep 16, 2005
I loved this book!!! I have been very frustrated and confused lately watching the behavior of Christians around me. This books helps explains some of what is going on. Instead of just blaming the devil and the world for our sin, he talks about another element...that battle we all have with the flesh.
I really appreciated his way of handling this battle..this is where our focus need to be for all our struggles. This is one of the best books I've read (besides "The Book") for the Christian walk.
A Good Book on Sin--Not Growth. May 9, 2005
Anyone seeking to understand the basics of Puritan theology via John Owen on the subject of sanctification (growth in Christ) will love this book. It is easy to read, clearly written, and easy to apply. Lundgaard has thoughtfully given us a volume on the difficulty of sin in a believer's life that should be understood with the utmost precision.
However, the book is repetitive and at times overbearing. The theme that kept reoccurring was that believers, at their core have an indubitable force living in them that hates God. There is little to no mention of the Holy Spirit except for the obvious doctrine of regeneration that leads us to accept the truth of the gospel.
This is, no doubt, a great book if you want to learn about sin. However, you will be left with the picture that true godliness is to be hopelessly left in the quagmire of an inner, unending war with the flesh. If you are looking for hope in defeating sin, this book is not the best, but it will give you good knowledge of what you are up against.
The Return of Puritan Theology and Practice May 2, 2005
I have always enjoyed reading the Puritans. I have not always agreed with them 100% of the time but I have found their passion for practical holiness in every area of their lives a relief in the midst of our sinful generation (1 Peter 1:15-16). However, anyone who has read the Puritans knows that their theology and language can be deep and tough to work through.
Thankfully we have books such as this work from Kris Lundgaard. He takes the powerful writings of John Owen and brings them into the 21st century. No he doesn't change Owen's theology but only his language. In fact, Lundgaard jokes that he has kidnapped Owen and they co-wrote the book.
The book itself is an excellent Puritan and Reformed view of sin in the life of the saint. We all know that 1 John 1:9 is precious to each of us whether we are strong Reformed Calvinist or Arminians. Lundgaard (and John Owen) help us to see the destruction of sin on the cross of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:10) and that we have the power by God's grace and God's Spirit to overcome our sin. We don't have to struggle with our flesh but we can have victory through the power of the cross (Gal. 2:20). I highly recommend this book for all disciples of Jesus Christ.