Enemies of the Heart is the second Andy Stanley book I’ve read; I appreciated both books and will be watching for more! (The Grace of God was the first. You can read my review of that by clicking here.) Stanley truly has a gift for bringing truth to light and making it clear.
In Enemies of the Heart (previously released as It Came from Within), Stanley identifies four emotions that have the ability to control us whether we’re aware of their presence or not. After an introduction, where he compares physical heart health issues to emotional heart health issues, Stanley defines the four emotions: guilt, anger, greed (fueled by fear), and jealousy. Next he tells how each impacts us and what specific steps we can take to combat them effectively. Just as exercising and eating right are habits which help to keep our physical hearts healthy, there are emotional health habits we can practice, too. Stanley gives his readers simple, practical, wise, and biblically sound Christian living advice.
Even if you don’t think you struggle with any of these emotions, I recommend this book to you. Stanley reveals ways these often manifest themselves even without our knowledge. We have to be aware of our heart problems in order to treat them. For readers serious about emotional heart health, prayerfully reading this book is like a check-up for the soul.
I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of Enemies of the Heart to me in exchange for my honest review.