Tempted and Tried is Dr. Moore’s latest publication of gold. Dr. Moore has a way of writing that is both humorous and engaging, all the while never leaving the theological depth that is needed to unpack the topics he addresses. Adopted for Life was my first interaction with his writing. After finishing that, I knew he would be an author I would continually read.
Tempted and Tried walks through the temptation of Jesus Christ and how in these temptations Jesus not only defeated sin and Satan, but also gave us a pattern and example for how we are to address the temptation in our lives. One of the greatest things about this book is it highlighted how Satan works to lead us in his lies. It is helpful because temptation is something we all struggle with, yet very few of us think about or talk about it. We are quick to talk about sin and the struggle we have with sin, yet temptation takes a back seat. In reality we need to have more conversations about temptation and more thinking through our temptations and a book like this will help to bring about that.
I decided to read this because I became really honest with myself. Honest that I am daily tempted; Honest that if I want to overcome sin in my life, than I need to know how to defeat the temptation. Honest that as a pastor, father, husband and Christ follower, sin was something that needed to be fought. This is what made me order the book, and I found it so very helpful in all of those areas that I wanted to give away a couple copies of Tempted and Tried courtesy of Crossway. Here is a short quote from the book that points out what I was talking about above.
“When it comes to God, we convince ourselves that God doesn’t see (ps. 10.11; 94.7) or that he’ll never call us to account (ps. 10.13), but in order to do that we have to quite our God-designed conscience that points continually to the criteria by which we’ll be judged before the Creator’s tribunal (Rom. 2.16).
The demonic powers not only will give us what we crave, but they will assist us in covering it over, for a little while. That’s precisely the irony. Often you are fueled on from one temptation to the other because you haven’t been caught. This gives the you an illusion of a cocoon protecting you from justice. The powers, though, don’t want you to get caught – not yet, not this early in the march to the slaughterhouse. They don’t have a mere seventy or eighty years to live. They are ancient and patient and quite willing to wait until your downfall will bring with it the most catastrophic consequences – for you, for your family, for the kingdom of God, and to the image of Christ you carry. So they’ll help you cover it all up, and they’ll expose you – mercilessly. You’ll never see it coming around the bend.” (pg 57)
So, join in this week as I give away 2 copies of Tempted and Tried. To read a full review, check out this review by Steve McCoy at The Gospel Coalition.
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