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Purity is possible… Book review/Critique littéraire

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Book Review

Purity is possible

By

Helen Thorne

Many books about sexual purity and pornography have been written in the past, yet they all seem to be addressed specifically to the male audience. This book was however written for women, and by a woman who has struggled herself with sexual impurity. Thorne knows firsthand what she is talking about; she has a specific goal in mind when writing to her readers. Her wish is to bring them to the only One who can release them from the bondage that this sin has ensnared them with. A world of illusions built on fantasies, which claim to make them happy, yet eludes them away from the realities of the world thus enslaving them into sin furthermore.

Despite very sensitive issues, this book is clear, precise, straight to the point, biblical and easy to read. Even with all its difficult subjects, that could make one uncomfortable to a certain point, Thorne makes us feel comfortable. Her words are not condescending in any way. She continually reminds us of who we are in Christ and what He has done for us. This actually liberates us and gives us a desire to flee to our Savior.

As Thorne says clearly in her book, there is a misconception that women don’t practice porn or visit sex websites as much as men…this is not true! Today women suffer as much as men with this problem. It’s just that it is not talked about. Harlequin books like “Fifty shades of grey” are a good example of Erotica reading that many women, even Christian women, are reading today. It is even made acceptable! As she so well identifies in her book, this certainly is not practicing purity.

Yet as Christians, adopted by our Redeemer, beloved children of God, we are called for real beauty, purity and the renewing of our minds. This is what we are truly designed for. For the glory of our God, lest we forget it! We need to learn to cultivate new and honoring thoughts that will exalt our God. That will be possible by staying close to his Word and placing it before our eyes daily.

Being ensnared by sin in sexual impurity is not easy to be freed from but it is possible. Christ, by his Spirit indwelling in us, helps to fulfill and grant us the courage to do so. Yet our responsibility is to do our part, which is not to be a passive act on our part. We are to engage in active acts like being accountable, pray, place boundaries for ourselves (couvenanteyes.com), getting rid of all that temptation (magazines, books), find a prayer partner, memorize Scripture, and clear all history on our computer, among other things.

Like any other sin, there will be temptations and the only way to resist sin is to go to the one who Has the power to give us strength to win the battle that has already been won for us, Christ. And when we sin again, He is there to forgive when we repent and His everlasting grace is always in abundance along with His love, no matter what the sin is, whether it is sexual impurity or any other sin.

If this is an issue you’re struggling with and you need to hear from someone who’s been there, you’ll surely find comfort reading this book. But mostly you’ll find comfort where she brings you: at the foot of the cross of our Lord. There you will find repentance and acceptance for your soul.

Ann L Beaulieu

I have received a free copy by Cross Focused Reviews. However I am under no obligation to write a positive review. These are entirely my own personal opinions and thoughts expressed according to my own discernment.

 

Critique littéraire

Purity is possible

By

Helen Thorne

Dans le passé, beaucoup de livres sur la pornographie et la pureté ont été écrits, mais la majorité d’entre eux semblait s’adresser à un public masculin. Ce livre-ci par contre est écrit par une femme et pour les femmes qui luttent avec l’impureté sexuelle. Thorne connaît personnellement le sujet donc elle a un but spécifique lorsqu’elle écrit aux lectrices. Son désir est de les amener à connaître Celui qui peut les libérer de l’esclavage de ce péché dans lequel elles se sont enlisées. Un monde fondé sur des illusions qui promettent le bonheur. Un mensonge qui les tient à l’écart et ainsi les garde encore plus dans le péché.

Malgré les points délicats qui y sont discutés, ce livre est très clair, précis, franc, biblique et facile à lire. Même avec tous ces sujets difficiles qui peuvent rendre une personne inconfortable à un certain moment, Thorne nous détend. Ses mots ne sont pas condescendants. Elle ne cesse de nous rappeler qui nous sommes en Christ et ce qu’Il a fait pour nous. Ceci a pour but de nous libérer et nous donne le désir d’aller dans les bras de notre Sauveur.

Comme nous le souligne Thorne dans son livre : il est faux de croire que les femmes ne pratiquent pas la pornographie ou ne visitent pas les sites web sexy comme les hommes… Aujourd’hui, les femmes souffrent autant que les hommes de ce problème. C’est juste qu’elles n’en parlent pas. Les livres Arlequin comme « Cinquante nuances de gris » sont un bon exemple, beaucoup de femmes lisent ces livres érotiques et cela même parmi les chrétiennes. Et c’est même acceptable! Ce qui amène Thorne à dire que ce n’est certainement pas pratiquer la pureté…

Pourtant, comme chrétienne, adoptée par notre Rédempteur, bien-aimé enfant de Dieu, nous sommes appelées à la vraie beauté, la pureté et le renouvèlement de l’intelligence. Nous avons été créées pour la gloire de notre Dieu, ne l’oublions pas! Nous avons besoin de cultiver une nouvelle façon de penser qui honorera et exaltera notre Dieu. Ceci sera possible seulement en restant près de sa Parole et en la plaçant devant nos yeux au quotidien.

Il n’est pas facile de se libérer du péché de l’impureté. Mais c’est possible avec l’aide de Christ par son Esprit en nous. Il nous donnera le courage de prendre nos responsabilités. Nous devons nous engager dans des actions :

  • Lui être redevable,
  • prier,
  • mettre des balises pour nous protéger (com), http://www.covenanteyes.com
  • se défaire de toutes tentations (revues, livres),
  • une partenaire de prière,
  • apprendre des versets par cœur,
  • enlever toutes traces sur notre ordinateur de ces sites web,
  • et encore bien d’autres choses…

Comme tout autre péché, il y aura de la tentation. La seule façon de résister au péché, c’est d’aller à Celui qui a le pouvoir de nous donner la force de gagner la bataille qu’Il a déjà gagnée pour nous, Christ. Quand nous pécherons encore, Il est là pour nous pardonner lorsqu’on se repent. Sa grâce éternelle abondante ainsi que son amour nous attendent, peu importe que ce soit l’impureté ou un autre péché.

Pour celles qui luttent avec ce péché et qui souffrent, vous trouverez sans doute dans ce livre un réconfort, car c’est quelqu’un qui est passé par là. Mais plus que ça, elle vous amènera au pied de la croix de notre Seigneur. C’est là que vous trouverez la repentance et l’acceptation de votre âme.

Ann L Beaulieu

J’ai reçu ce livre gratuitement de Cross Focused Reviews.  Par contre, cela ne m’impose aucune obligation. Je suis libre d’écrire favorablement ou pas, en donnant mon opinion personnelle, selon mon discernement.

 

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Le péché que je convoite … My coveting heart…

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Le péché que je convoite …

Il y a dans ma vie des leçons que le Seigneur doit me rappeler constamment. Du moins, c’est comme cela que ça semble fonctionner pour moi! Je sais que parfois je peux prier longtemps pour que Dieu me révèle un péché soi-disant « caché » dans ma vie, mais finalement je me rends compte que c’est simplement que je ne voulais pas le voir. Ce n’est pas qu’Il n’avait pas répondu depuis tant de semaines, mois ou années, mais plutôt que mon cœur ne voulait pas le voir ou écouter l’Esprit-Saint quand il essayait de me le révéler. En fait, si je suis vraie et authentique avec moi-même, je vous dirais que mon péché me procurait une satisfaction au moment où je le pratiquais… il satisfaisait ma chair.

Une journée comme bien d’autres, je regardais mes courriels, mon compte Twitter, et pour finir Facebook. Voilà encore ce malaise à ce que je vois passer devant mes yeux — (je vais garder ce bout personnel) et ce sentiment d’envie qui monte en moi. Mais voyons donc! Pourquoi toujours ce sentiment en moi lorsque je vois — ou quelque chose qui s’y rattache. Je suis aux prises d’un sentiment qui me dépasse de toujours vouloir être en compétition, ou même parfois triste par ce que je me compare. Je n’aime pas ce sentiment qui m’habite et pourtant je ne peux plus l’ignorer. Je suis à nue devant mon cœur une fois de plus et je sais que je dois converser avec mon Père Céleste sérieusement.

Pour la première fois, je crois mettre le doigt sur le problème. Je fais de la convoitise! Oui, vraiment. Je convoite ce que je pense ne pas avoir et je pèche contre Dieu. Pourtant, je prie pour ne pas faire cela? Aussi difficile que cela puisse être pour moi de l’admettre, je dois le voir et m’en repentir. Ainsi, je pourrai retrouver la paix et la joie dans ma vie spirituelle. J’allais écrire que c’est un problème, mais en fait ce n’est pas un problème, c’est un péché et la Bible est claire à ce sujet. Mais en écrivant ce blogue, je dois respirer, car c’est encore difficile pour moi aujourd’hui.

L’envie, la jalousie ou la convoitise, c’est fort! Peu importe sous quelle forme on le pratique. Et le désir de vouloir me comparer constamment, avoir ou être plus, surpasser l’autre est un combat continuel dont je remarque de plus en plus avec le temps… mais vouloir l’ignorer ne fait qu’augmenter mon péché. Je me dis que c’est normal ou bien que ça va passer! Mais NON, ça, ne passe pas.

Désirer ce que quelqu’un d’autre possède ou vouloir avoir ce que Dieu lui a accordé est loin de pratiquer la reconnaissance envers notre Dieu pour ce qu’il nous accorde. Bien au contraire, cela cultive du mécontentement chez nous. On s’entend, que souvent, c’est le mal du siècle, mais là c’est le mal chez moi… Tant que je vais rechercher à satisfaire ma propre chair dans la comparaison ou en essayant de remplir ce désir d’être plus, je ne pourrai jamais voir l’œuvre que Dieu veut accomplir dans ma vie puisque je patauge dans le péché de la convoitise. Cette convoitise ne fait que remplir temporairement les désirs de mon cœur me laissant toujours assoiffée.

En fait, l’envie et la convoitise de mon cœur m’ont démontré la laideur de mon cœur et la profondeur du péché qui m’habite. Ainsi, me montrant encore la nécessité de mon Sauveur Jésus-Christ. Sans son œuvre rédemptrice à la croix qui me donne accès à son pardon pour mes péchés, je serais constamment sous un joug; relativement à cette grande vérité et ce combat dont je fais face présentement. C’est seulement à cause de la puissance de Christ et par son accomplissement à la croix que je suis libre, par son sang, par sa grâce et à cause de son amour pour moi, pécheresse. AMEN!

Je réalise que j’ai besoin de grandir spirituellement à ce propos. J’ai tellement besoin de connaître davantage mon Dieu. Je crois fermement que plus je le connaitrai mieux, plus je vais me contenter de Lui, et moins je vais convoiter les autres choses ou gens pour en faire des idoles! Le fait de faire de la convoitise me révèle que j’ai grandement besoin d’étudier encore la Parole de Dieu et que mon cœur et mes yeux sont beaucoup trop fixés sur les choses d’ici-bas et pas assez sur les choses éternelles. Si je dois convoiter, que ce soit Dieu et Dieu seul!

Ann L Beaulieu

 

My coveting heart…

There are lessons in my life that God constantly needs to remind me of. For me, it seems to be that way so many times! I know that I can often pray over long periods before God reveals a sin to me, a so-called “hidden sin” in my life. Yet, finally I realize that it’s just that I didn’t want to see it. It’s not so much that God hadn’t answered for weeks, months or even years, but only that my heart was not inclined on hearing or seeing the Holy Spirit when he was trying to reveal it to me. In fact, if I were real and genuine with myself, and with you, I would say that my sin was providing some satisfaction for the moment as I was practicing it… it was satisfying my flesh.

One day, while I was doing what I normally do (going over my emails, my Twitter account, finishing off with Facebook), it happened. Once again I encountered this uneasiness at seeing “this” pass before my eyes (I will keep “this” personal). This feeling of jealousy and envy arose in me. What’s going on? Why this sentiment in me every time I see “this” or every time something is linked to “this”. I am a prisoner of this sentiment that overtakes me and brings me to want to be in competition and, at times, sad because I compare myself to others. I don’t like this feeling that inhabits me and I cannot ignore it anymore. I am uncovered before my own heart, it is bare now and I know that I need to have a serious conversation with my heavenly Father. Confession time!

For the first time, I think I have put my finger on the problem: I am coveting! Yes, really, I’m coveting what I do not have and I am sinning against God.  And yet, I am praying not to do this? As hard as it is for me to admit this, I must see it and repent. Then I will be capable of finding peace and joy in my spiritual life. I was about to write that it is a problem, but actually it is not a problem, it is a sin and the Bible is clear on that subject. While writing this blog, I need to breathe deeply because it’s still difficult for me, even today.

Envy, jealousy, or covetousness – they are powerful, no matter in what form I choose to practice them! The desire to compare myself constantly, to want or be more, to surpass others, is a constant battle in me; I have noticed that in my life lately… and wanting to ignore it has only made me sin even more. I’ve tried to tell myself that it’s normal, or that it will come to pass… But NO, it has not passed.

Desiring what someone else has or wanting what God has given to others is far from practicing gratefulness towards our God for what he gives us.  On the contrary it cultivates discontentment in us. We often hear that these are the “ways of the world”, yet I believe that they are “the ways of my wicked heart”… As long as I try to satisfy my own fleshly desires by comparison, or try to fill them by being more “whatever”, I will never be capable of seeing the works of God being accomplished in my life, since I will be bogged down deep in my own sin of covetousness. While coveting temporally fills up the desires of my heart it leaves me only to be continually thirsty.

In fact, the envy and covetousness of my heart served to demonstrate the ugliness and profoundness of the sin that abides in me, thus showing me how I am in great need of my Savior, Jesus-Christ; without his redeeming work at the cross, that gives me access to his forgiveness for my sins and the lifting of this burden that I would otherwise have if it were not of him, I would be under bondage with this sin that I must face daily. I am liberated of this battle only because of Christ, and I can face it because of him. It is only because of the power of Christ and by his accomplishment at the cross that his blood liberates me, by his grace and because of his love – me, a sinner. Amen!

I realize that I need to grow spiritually concerning this. I firmly believe that if I know him better, I will covet less and adore him more. Thus, coveting less and making fewer idols in my life… more of contemplating God and less of envying things and people! The fact that I am so envious or jealous, leading me to covet at times, reveals to me that I need to study more the Word of God and that my heart and my eyes need to be fixed on things of eternal value more than things of this world. If I am to covet, let it be God and nothing else!

Ann L Beaulieu


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Book Review on Active Spirituality

 

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Book Review

Active Spirituality 

By

Brian Hedge

 

I actually do not know how or where to start my book review and I have done a few. So it’s not that I don’t know how there done! The thing is I’m overwhelmed in about what I need to say because almost all the Book is highlighted. This is an outstanding book to say the least! I am speechless or rather “wordless” about how I should bring forth to you my readers what is most important, because it seems that everything the author talks about is relevant. The thing is he touches on so many subjects and all of them are so brilliantly expressed in an articulate manner based on Sola Scriptura that it’s amazing and encouraging to read. It also reveals to the reader all that they may be struggling with and unsure of in certain issues in his or her life.

The format Hedges uses in the book is of writing as a pastor and answering back to a young man in letters, which makes for a wonderful read. The chapters are short and yet packed with insightful information all at once. I love how he blends his letters with some Puritan quotes along with Bible passages. It enriches the essence of our understanding of each subject, which encourages us to come to grips with them if we haven’t already understood them well.

This is a book that helps you be even more convicted of some biblical foundations and be rooted strongly in them more than ever. Or, it might just help you understand all your misconception if you have any, and nudge you to come to a clearer conviction based on the passages that he develops and then gives a clear explanation that is so well articulated. Nothing fancy just plain and simple!

I believe all Christians should read this book. Whether it is to reaffirm their faith or just to be encouraged in their spiritual walk. It would be a wonderful gift to offer a new Christian that’s for sure. He does admit to being a Reformed Baptist close to the end, yet somehow I found that this in no way came in contrast to my own personal biblical foundations or faith, and did not keep me from appreciating all the truths that Hedge so clearly exposed from the Scriptures. If we keep our minds focused on the truth of the Word then we can only be swayed from the Word! Putting aside the author and letting the Word speak is what is most important and that is what this author has been capable of doing in this book. I absolutely loved this book, really. So far I’d say it’s my number 1 of 2014 … but the year isn’t over yet!  But this is a really a GOOD one, REALLY!!!

Let’s see here are a few subjects he touches on that I really enjoyed:

Grace verses works

Here’s a quote from the book that I loved.

« While grace is opposed to works in any kind of legalistic sense of earning favor, it isn’t opposed to our action and effort. Rather, grace produces our effort and sustains it.  »

Brian Hedges. « Active Spirituality.»

Is salvation unconditional?

He also talks about how « our culture tends to equate love with tolerance. » « But true love is not always tolerant. »

Another subject he touches on is the biblical metaphor of the Christian life being a fight and the need for us to put on God’s armor.

Our need for developing a Spiritual Growth Plan

These are just a few things that are in the book and frankly these are only the just the ones you actually would expect to find. I keep the others silent leaving you to discover them for yourself!

I want to leave you with a quote from his book and I am overwhelmed as to which one because as I said the book is almost all highlighted. But I must make a choice…

« First-century athletes ran in the nude, so that clothing wouldn’t entangle their feet, and Christians must metaphorically strip from our lives anything that keeps us from Jesus. »

Brian Hedges. « Active Spirituality. »

Something to mediate one while your waiting for your book to arrive!

 

Here is an interview with Brian Hedge that you can listen to of a discussion on his book done by Shaun Tabatt at http://BibleGeekGoneWild.com/100 or just click here;

http://biblegeekgonewild.com/?powerpress_embed=9175-podcast&amp%3bpowerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

Enjoy!

Ann L Beaulieu

*I have received a free copy by Cross Focus. However I am under no obligation to write a positive review. These are entirely my own personal opinions and thoughts expressed according to my own discernment.