Monday, July 11, 2005

Book Review: Unlock the Prison Doors

Have you ever been held captive to a habitual sin? Perhaps someone you know is struggling with a sin or pattern of sin they are finding difficult to overcome. You know the Bible has things to say about habitual sins but don't know where to find them?

In Unlock the Prison Doors, pastor Terry Barber methodically works through Scripture in order to help break the chains of habitual sin. Although the book is portrayed as a practical guide to dealing with habitual sin, it comes up somewhat short.

I had the impression while reading the book that Mr. Barber was targeting the book towards newer believers. In that respect, he seems to come closer to accomplishing his goals. The book starts with a very basic understanding of sin and our fallen condition and how Christ's death and resurrection freed us from sin's bonds. It then moves through dealing with the habitual sins and how to overcome them. The second half of the book is not quite as strong as the first but on the whole it's still a pretty good tool.

This is a book I could envision reading through with a newer believer who needed to deal with issues of habitual sin that might have existed prior to their conversion to Christ. Those who have been relievers for a lot longer will probably be frustrated at the lack of depth and practical assistance particularly in the second half of the book.

This book was provided to me by Mind and Media through Advantage Books. No other consideration was received for this review apart from the book.

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